In this instructable I will show you how I made a solar powered fox-scarer using mainly stuff I found on the beach.
Two wire coathangers
Bin bag, or any plastic or cloth
Some zipties or bits of wire
Solar lamp (cost �ocal �
Why do I need this? I live in central Glasgow with a garden completely surrounded by quite a high wall, near a busy main road etc, but nevertheless my garden is regularly visited by foxes. They dig up my onions and potatoes and drive me mad. Or else they sit on my lawn in the sun and taunt me. This is an attempt to keep them away.
Step 1: Cutting the Ball to Make the Mouth
Take a sharp knife, stanley knife, or craft knife, and gently run it along the join between two sections so you can feel it scoring and then cutting the stitches.
The aim is to cut a "mouth" that looks suitably scary. The ball I used had hexagon and pentagon shapes so I could cut a mouth that looked a bit like huge teeth.
At this point I realised the inside was really yucky so i had to rinse it out a bit.
Step 2: Cutting the Ball to Make the Eyes
Shape doesnt matter but straight lines are easiest so triangles or squares are good.
Step 3: Cutting the Ball for the Solar Panel
I cut out one whole section in the top of the head so the solar panel could get to the light.
Step 4: Fitting the Solar Lantern
Step 5: Making the Body
Step 6: Place the Scarer
I have also netted the beds and put bits of umbrella wire at fox height to be even more offputting.
I plan to move my fox-scarer around the garden. this is easy because I can just hang it anywhere that it will get enough light for the solar panel.