Sharing the secrets of scarecrow making

Participants can create Cambria Scarecrow Festival entries at workshops

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJune 25, 2013 

The hundreds of Cambria scarecrows on display throughout Cambria during the Scarecrow Festival in October are special in part thanks to techniques creative crafters learn in an annual series of free scarecrow workshops.

Workshop participants will learn first about a vital element in fashioning the lifelike sculptures: Fashioning lifelike papier-mâché heads and making necks out of cardboard oatmeal boxes.

After heads dry, the students learn how to smooth them, add features and expressions and paint them. Those are the topics of the first three workshops, all scheduled for three hours. The fourth and final scarecrow class, set for four hours, is on building scarecrow bodies and dressing the sculptures.
Workshops start at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, July 9 and 23 and Aug. 6 and 13 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

Registration is required by July 5. Forms are online at (click on “participate”). Space is limited, so participation is only for Cambria and San Simeon residents or business owners, with no more than two participants per organization. Attendees must be at least 12 years old; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Scarecrows will be on public display Oct. 1 through 31. Winning scarecrows will be announced Oct. 3 at a kickoff party at Cambria Nursery.

For details, email or call Sue at 927-2597.

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