Scarecrow Ideas: The Spinning Soda Bottle

Don't limit your scarecrow ideas to the traditional stuffed shirt on a wood frame. A spinning soda bottle might do the trick.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
July/August 1979
Add to My MSN

Scarecrow ideas needn't be complicated; this one is essentially just an upended soda bottle on a dowel rod. 
PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF


Content Tools

Related Content

Who's That Standing in My Garden?

Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.

Step by step instructions for DIY projects

Detailed instructions for do-it-yourself projects

Bottled Water: Is Truth in Advertising All Washed Up?

The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled wat...

June Garden Planner

June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late to put in a garden! Wi...

There's probably nothing more annoying than spending months preparing and caring for your garden, only to have your crops robbed by a flock of flying marauders. Well, take heart, good people. If you're looking for scarecrow ideas, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is here to show you a humanitarian way of discouraging the inconsiderate birds while simultaneously recycling one of our "throwaway" society's biggest headaches: the soft-drink container.

Our gadget is nothing more than a two-liter extruded plastic soda bottle with vanes cut into it, inverted and fastened onto a 1/2 " wooden dowel. It's actually quite easy to make, and shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes to "slap together." Start by selecting a dowel or thin broomstick (between 1/2" and 3/4" thick and about 3 or 4 feet long), then sharpen one tip of It and—with the pole held upright—drill a 3/32" hole vertically into the other end.

Now bore a 3 /16" hole right through the bottom of the container (directly in its center), and enlarge the "face" of the opening (either with a countersink bit or by simply gouging out some plastic with a pocket knife). Next, fashion a set of wind vanes for your scarecrow by first drawing seven vertical lines a couple of inches apart around the circumference of the vessel, from the top of its black base section up to the point where the bottle just begins to taper. They should be about 4 1/2 inches.

With this done, merely slice into the bottle along these lines with a single-edge razor or a knife, then complete each individual wind fin by making 1" horizontal scores at the ends of each of the previous slits to produce seven "flaps", which can then be bent outward from the bottle at a breeze-snaggin' 65° angle.

And finally, slip the dowel through the neck of your new "thingamajig" and attach the pole to the container's base with a No. 5 x 3 /4" wood screw (be sure to leave the fastener slightly loose so that the "bearing" doesn't bind). Poke the pointed end of the stick Into the soil between your garden rows, and even the slightest whisper of wind will cause the scarecrow to spin, putting birds to flight or keeping them from alighting in the vicinity.

Mind you, now, we can't guarantee that our rotary "raven-router" will send your feathered problems packing every time, but we can promise that this simple dingus will work when the wind does. And, by making several of 'em, you might just solve one big "fowl" problem!







Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.