Turn a string flop mop into a scarecrow, then set Mr Flop Mop in the corner of your hallway to welcome visitors to your home in the fall season.
16 oz string mop refill
Hot glue and gun
Paint for face
5″ Styrofoam ball
Scrap piece of canvas
Kerchief for around neck
Push a large craft stick through the styrofoam ball (about 1 1/2 inches in) and secure with a little hot glue (low temp works best). Cover your styrofoam ball with a scrap piece of canvas or white cotton fabric and securing the fabric down the craft stick.
Lay your mop flat with the mop strands facing out to the left and right of you and centre seam in the middle. Glue your craft stick to the top centre seam of the mop and secure with a few mop strands tied tightly around the stick.
Divide your mop strands into four sections (two for the arms and two for the legs) Make the legs a little thicker than the arms.
Braid each of the four pieces (as you would braid hair) and secure at the end with a mop strand.
Trim away the excess strands at the ends of the braids and keep these pieces to use for hair.
With the reserved mop pieces, glue around the top of the head to create a border of hair. Place your straw hat on top of the head and glue in place.
Paint eyes, a nose and mouth (you can use buttons for the eyes and nose and a pipe cleaner to shape the mouth).
Dress the little guy in infant’s clothing, tie a kerchief around his neck and you’re all done!
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