How to Make Your Own Scarecrow or
Stuffed Man for your Porch or Yard!
Making a scarecrow is a fun, easy and very inexpensive way to dress up
your hard for Halloween and make a fun project to do with your kids!
You can make your scarecrow or stuffed man (or woman) with nothing more
than items already available around the house!
- Three wooden sticks (about 1 inch diameter - to use as stakes,
one 6 feet long, one 3 feet, and one 1 foot long)
- Old clothes - blue jeans, ling sleeve shirt, etc.
- Gloves for hands, old boots for shoes
- Straw, hay or pine straw, crumpled newspapers, even leaves, if
that is all you have
- Twine or tough string
- Nails and hammer, or staple gun
- A pumpkin (to use as a head), or a cloth or burlap bag
- Dark color (black or blue are best) waterproof markers
If you plan to sit your scarecrow in a chair, lie it down or
otherwise don't need him to be rigid to stand up, you can skip steps 1
Making the Scarecrow, step by step
- First we'll make the frame for the body. Tie (or nail) the 3-foot stake
onto the 6-foot stake, about 6 inches from one end of the 6-ft
stake, to make a cross.
- Similarly, tie or nail the smaller stake to the 6 ft stake, about 3
feet from the same end (or effectively, 2.5 feet below the shorter
- The head can me made from a pumpkin, a stuffed burlap or cloth
bag, or even a plastic grocery bag! If you use a pumpkin, paint a
face on it! You can carve it, (going in from the BOTTOM!)
instead, if you want, so you can put an electric or battery operated
light in it (for neat nighttime effect), but it won't last as long!
Either way, Then cut a slit in the bottom of the pumpkin and
slide it onto the top of the large stake. You can use small gourds as ears.
If you use a burlap bag, cloth or plastic bag for the
head, use the markers to draw eyes and a nose on the plain, unmarked
side of the bag. Then fill the bag with straw, leaves or pine straw
and shape it into an oval... well, head shape and sizel Tie the bottom of the bag to keep the
contents in (It's gross when scarecrow brains fall out...). Then tie the
scarecrow's head to the top of your frame.
- Dressing your scarecrow. Any old clothes will do. Flannel shirts
are traditional, but there's nothing to stop you from using a Def
Leppard concert shirt, or even make it look like Martha Stewart (and
then repeatedly impale it, like villagers attacking a Frankenstein
monster... and... sorry - got carried away...).
Put n the smaller bar. (A nail or
strong staple will keep the clothes in place.) Tie a belt of rope around
the waist of your scarecrow, and stuff the body with lots of straw to
fill it out (the kids will love this).
- Accessorize your scarecrow
any way you choose. Add a hat, with straw dangling out to look like
hair. Add some suspenders, sunglasses, or a bandana, and give him a hoe
or a rake. Or, if you've made a female scarecrow, give her a straw hat
and flowers, as well as an apron and handbag.
- Your scarecrow is now ready to spook the neighbors!
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