The Foamer ▶ Cost: $9 per decoy for a dozen or more ▶ You need: Pink insulating foam board, epoxy, burlap, mastic, basswood, furring strip ▶ How-to: Laminate the foam boards into a duck-sized block and start carving until it resembles the shape of a resting bird. Cut a keel from the furring strip and epoxy in place. Wrap a layer of burlap over the foam. Apply mastic and let it sit for 24 hours. Carve a duck head from the basswood or find a plastic head online. Paint to match plummage. .
The Lobster Pot Diver ▶ Cost: $12 or less per decoy ▶ You need: Lobster buoy, furring strip, basswood, epoxy, paint ▶ How-to: Saw the buoy in half (one buoy makes two decoys). Cut a 1-inch furring strip for a keel. Carve a basswood head or find plastic replacement heads online.