For fall decorating, you could purchase a ready-made scarecrow-on-a-stick from a craft store. Or, you can make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow mostly using materials you have at home.
Here’s what you’ll need to construct your own scarecrow:
Safety pins and/or various lengths of rope
Burlap sack or pillowcase for face
Markers, paints or needle and thread to create facial features
Yarn or straw for hair
Leaves or quarter-bale of straw for stuffing (about $8 a bale at garden centers)
6-foot T-post (available at Home Depot for less than $6)
4-foot length of scrap lumber for horizontal support (about $1 at hardware stores)
10 feet of wire or twine.
Boots or high-top shoes.
Hat, if desired.
Used coveralls, long-sleeved shirt and overalls, or shirt and pant, or shirt and skirt with bloomers.
Tools: sledgehammer or post pounder; wire cutters; pliers; hammer and nails.
Here’s what to do:
Lay out clothing as you want it to look on your scarecrow (i.e., place shirt inside overalls or tuck into pants). Secure clothing items together using safety pins and rope. Tie off lower pant-leg openings with rope.
Draw, paint, or stitch face onto sack/pillowcase.
Stitch or glue yarn or straw “hair” to sack/pillowcase.
Stuff scarecrow body, head, and glove “hands” with leaves or straw. Keep stuffing until limbs are full but slightly malleable.
Insert wire hanger into straw in scarecrow’s chest and shoulder area, leaving top of hanger protruding in place of neck. Attach head over top of hanger, using wire or twine to secure head to body.
Pound T-post into ground with sledgehammer, leaving 5 feet of post above ground.
Secure scrap lumber support bar to T-post with wire. Prop scarecrow against T-post to determine placement height for support bar. It should align with scarecrow’s arms.
Secure scarecrow to post and support bar with wire and/or twine.
Place bottom of scarecrow’s legs inside shoes and secure hat to head.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of scarecrow-making, try your hand at a themed scarecrow display using repurposed home and garden items. You’re only limited by your imagination.
For example, our family crafted this Neil Armstrong scarecrow from a duct-taped hunting coverall, spray-painted snow boots, a broken vaporizer for the helmet, an old hiking backpack, an upside-down kiddie pool for the moon, and old window shutters topped with a Styrofoam rosebush cover for the rocket.
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