Because we only have the Scarecrow Festival for 9 days of the year, the rest of the time we have to rely on other means to keep the birds off our fruit and veg – or to stop them flying in through open patio doors into the conservatory.

Better yet, for those of us now wondering what to do with the old CDs and DVDs we no longer use because they’re scratched, or because we’re watching everything on Netflix and Amazon, it’s a great way to keep the plastic out of landfill. Of course, if you’re not trying to protect your strawberries and beans from the birds, they also make rather sweet mobiles, singly or strung together.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your makes with us on social media with the hashtag #kettlewellscarecrows – we’d love to see how you get on!

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Leave the first side to dry and the decorate the second side of the CD or DVD
Yield: 1

Make your own CD bird scarer/mobile

Active Time: 20 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Cheap

Tired of the birds getting to your raspberries before you do? With our CD bird scarer you'll be able to keep them off and have more left for your pavlovas and jam! Or just use them as a mobile to brighten the place up 🙂


  • PVA glue
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • 2 old CDs or DVDs (ask an adult first)
  • Length of ribbon
  • Stickers, gems, foil, buttons etc.


  • Scissors to cut the ribbon


  1. First, take 2 old, unwanted CDs or DVDs - it's better yet if they're scratched and can't be used any more. Just make sure you have their owner's permission! Take 2 unwanted CDs or DVDs
  2. Use either glue or double-sided sticky tape to stick the 2 CDs together, shiny side out. Stick the CDs together, shiny side out
  3. Take stickers, gems, beads, buttons any other shiny items and glue onto one side of the CD. You can make a pattern if you wish: the brighter and more cheerful, the better!
  4. Leave the first side to dry, then decorate the other side. You can make the same pattern again, or choose a completely new one. Leave the first side to dry and the decorate the second side of the CD or DVD
  5. When both sides are dry, cut the ribbon to the length you want, remembering that it'll only be half that length when you finish. Thread through the middle of the CDs. Tie a knot to join the two ends so the bird scarer can't slip off the ribbon.