Scarecrows were a popular sight in rural areas a few years ago, but now they’re making a comeback as Halloween and fall decorations. With some old clothes and some straw, you can easily make your own scarecrow. That’s how it works.
- 1 Shape the body
- 2 Shape the head
- 3 Final Embellishments
- 4 Final Words
Shape the body
Build the frame.
Start with a 5-foot stick attached just below the end of a 6-8-foot rake handle or garden pole. With this, you form the shoulders of the scarecrow. Using a screwdriver, secure the shorter stick in place by driving a screw and securing it with string or hot glue.
Put the shirt on.
Dress your scarecrow in an old plaid shirt, using the horizontal sticks for the arms. Button the shirt in the front and tie the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt with string or wire.
Fill in the shirt.
Strategically stuff the shirt to fill out your scarecrow. Straw, hay, leaves, grass, grass clippings, wood chips and rags are suitable filling materials. Try to avoid using newspaper to fill your scarecrow, as it may become soggy and shapeless when it rains. Use some extra stuffing to create a big tummy if you want.
Put on the jumpsuit.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the jumpsuit so you can put the vertical stick through. Pull the jumpsuit over the scarecrow, placing the buckles on the shoulders. Tie the cuffs with string or wire. Stuff the legs of the jumpsuit using the same stuffing that you used for the shirt.
Equip the scarecrow with hands.
The old-fashioned scarecrows had straw sticking out of the shirtsleeves, but to make a more realistic likeness of a human you can use old gloves or gardening gloves. Stuff the gloves with enough stuffing to keep them in shape and pin them to the ends of the shirt sleeves. Then secure them with string or wire.
Equip the scarecrow with feet.
Tuck the cuffs of the pants into old work boots or other shoes. Secure the shoes either with string sewn to the two components or with hot glue. Alternatively, you can use double-sided tape, such as carpet tape, to attach the shoes. Whichever method you use, make sure this attachment is secure or your scarecrow will lose its feet.
Shape the head
Take a burlap sack.
A burlap sack is used to protect trees or to transport potatoes, coffee or beans. It’s perfect for making a head for the scarecrow. To make the head out of the burlap sack: n Fill a plastic grocery bag or another plastic bag until you have the right size for the head. Lay the bag on a piece of burlap, then cut a large circle around it. There is no need to measure accurately or cut a perfect circle. >Gather the burlap around the plastic bag and place it on the vertical pole (the scarecrow’s neck) before tying it with string or twine.
Take a pumpkin.
Use a carved pumpkin to create a seasonal head for the scarecrow. First, you choose a nice, round pumpkin. Cut a large, round hole in the top of the squash (around the stem) and scoop out the inside. Use a sharp knife to cut out the facial features of your scarecrow. Impale the bottom of your pumpkin onto the scarecrow’s neck and secure it with glue if necessary. Don’t put a candle inside as you would normally do with jack-o’-lanterns. The material you used to build the scarecrow is highly flammable. Other vegetables such as beets or bottle gourds can also be used for this purpose. Be aware that the squash or other veggies could potentially rot. So if you want a durable head for your scarecrow, consider an alternative method.
Use a pillow.
A pillow is another option for making a scarecrow head, and it’s something you probably have around the house. To make your head out of a pillow: Fill the pillow halfway with straw or the stuffing of your choice. Secure the pillow with safety pins to avoid dropping the stuffing, but don’t completely close the bottom end. Put your head on the vertical bar (the scarecrow’s neck). Poke through the straw until the top of the pole is even with the top of the pillow. Secure the pillowcase to the rod with twine or wire, then trim off the excess fabric. Remove the safety pins.
Use other household items.
There are a number of options when it comes to designing your scarecrow’s head. If you’re trying to keep the cost of building your scarecrow to a minimum, just use whatever items you have lying around. These are some ideas: Sheer tights. Choose tights in a natural shade. Cut the bottom of the leg off one side, tie it up and fill it with your stuffing, tapering it into a neck before tying the other end onto the vertical post. Bucket Skewer a bucket filled with dirt open side up onto the scarecrow’s neck for an unconventional but working head. milk cans. Four-liter capacity plastic milk churns are another great choice to use as scarecrow heads. This smooth surface is perfect for drawing on facial features and is waterproof. You can be sure you have one or two in the house. Simply skewer the canister onto the vertical post and secure it with glue or tape if necessary.
Add facial features to your scarecrow.
You can add facial features to your scarecrow from an endless selection of materials. Decide if you want her to be smiling and happy or grumpy and menacing. Here are some ideas: Draw on the eyes, nose and mouth with a black marker. Cut out triangular shapes from colored felt for the eyes and nose. You can sew them on or attach them with hot glue. Use different sized or colored buttons for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Sew them on or attach them with hot glue. Use black plastic pieces or pipe cleaners to shape the eyebrows. Bend it down to depict an angry scarecrow.
Add hair to your scarecrow.
Glue some straw on your scarecrow’s head to get the effect of hair. Don’t worry about it having to look neat because your scarecrow is expected to look frightening. As an alternative, you can glue an old wig or mop onto your head.
You can personalize your scarecrow with accessories in any way you like. Her most important accessory is a straw hat. Take an old hat you have laying around and secure it onto your head with hot glue. Here are some optional accessory ideas: tie a red scarf around your neck or let a glowing handkerchief peek out of your pocket. Spice up the hat with some brightly colored plastic flowers. Put an old pipe in your mouth. Tie reflective or glowing ribbon around your scarecrow to dress it up and reflect the light.
Old plastic bags can also be used to stuff the scarecrow. They are light and withstand the weather very well. Check your local thrift store or thrift store if you don’t have any old clothes at home. Don’t try too hard to be realistic. That’s not the point of a scarecrow. You can hot glue, use safety pins, or sew your scarecrow’s joints together to ensure they’re held together tightly enough to support themselves. Use the lightest stuffing you can find, because you’ll need to position your creation once it’s assembled. The scarecrows are traditionally stuffed with hay or straw, which is not as readily available everywhere as it used to be. Make the scarecrow’s moves terrifying, funny, or anything in between according to their purpose.