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Build Your Own Scarecrow – The Best Tutorial On Building Your Own Homemade Scarecrow

Jul.02.2021
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DIY Scarecrow for Garden

If you’ve ever wanted to do a fun craft, building a scarecrow can be an easy and enjoyable DIY project for people of all ages. You could invite your kids, your cousins, your friends, your neighbors, your spouse, your parents or make it a solo project to build a scarecrow day. All you need to do is gather the materials and instructions, and you have a fun day ahead. Luckily we have a scarecrow tutorial just for that purpose. Using this guide to build a scarecrow will be a good summer activity that can help you ensure that your summer garden will be protected. Scarecrows do actually work to prevent crows from eating your crops. Making a scarecrow now can also get you prepared for Halloween extra early as you can repurpose the scarecrow later on as a decoration. If you want to build your own scarecrow, use this fun and easy diy scarecrow tutorial to learn how to build a scarecrow of your very own.

What Are Scarecrows Made of?

Traditionally, scarecrows are made of straw, and for this tutorial, we will be telling you how to make them out of straw, but there are many ways to make a scarecrow. Scarecrows can be stuffed with anything you have on hand. The only reason straw was typically used is that it was cheap and widely available on the farmlands where scarecrows were and still are often built and displayed. For this tutorial, we will explain some traditional methods to make a simple scarecrow but instead of being displayed in the middle of a huge cornfield, it will be a homemade scarecrow for the garden.

What You Will Need:

  • A long sleeve shirt;
  • A hat;
  • A marker;
  • A pair of pants;
  • A big bag of straw or newspaper;
  • A pillowcase;
  • Scissors;
  • Safety pins;
  • Optional boots or gloves;
  • String.

If you want to keep your scarecrow upright you will also need two wooden stakes (one about as tall as you want your scarecrow and one a bit longer) as well as a hammer and two nails. Go immediately to “Standing up Scarecrow” if you want to have a standing scarecrow in your garden or backyard.

How to Build a Scarecrow

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Step One:

Remember that if you want to put stakes in your scarecrow to hold it up and allow it to stand, scroll down to “Standing up Scarecrow”. If you want your scarecrow to just be a fun guest who sits on patio furniture or slouches against the shed, continue reading. First, gather your materials together so that you have everything set up in one place, and you are organized. Then pin the ends of the shirt and pants closed so that the straw does not go through the openings, or pin your gloves and or boots onto the ends of the shirt and pants respectively.

Step Two:

Stuff the shirt and the pants full of straw so that they are nicely filled. Another easy scarecrow option if you are not able to access a lot of straw is to use old newspapers, textiles, or recycled material to fill up your scarecrow. This may also make for a smoother filling process and a smoother look, and you can still add a bit of straw popping out at the end to make it look traditional.

Step Three:

Using your safety pins, attach the shirt to the pants so that you have a full-body made.

Step Four:

Make the head by filling your pillowcase with either straw or other materials and draw a face on it however you like. You could use googly eyes, sunglasses, or just take a permanent marker and draw a beautiful mug for your scarecrow.

Step Five

Attach the head of the scarecrow by tucking the empty part of the pillowcase into the neck opening of the shirt and secure it with your pins. You can then add your hat and any other accessories you would like to add. Your scarecrow might be completely finished at this point, but If you want to add any other embellishments that are totally up to you. If you want to keep your scarecrow upright, you might be interested in reading about how to do this from the get-go, which is why we have also included a tutorial for doing it that way.

Standing up Scarecrow

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Step One

If you want to have your scarecrow stand up, you can use two wooden stakes to make your scarecrow come to life. You will want the vertical stake to be a bit longer than the horizontal stake, and you will need to place the horizontal stake about 75% of the way to the top of the vertical stake and then use the hammer and nails to attach the two.

Step Two

Then you can put the shirt onto the frame by putting the sleeves over the horizontal stake and buttoning up the top buttons along with the vertical stake. Then you will want to stuff the shirt and tie up the bottom in a knot or with some string.

Step Three

Then you can tie up the ends of the shirt’s arms with string too. Push the stake into the ground so that you can secure it and see how your scarecrow will look standing up.

Step Four

You will stuff the pants next and then attach them to the shirt with safety pins and string through the belt loops. Some people like to use suspenders too.

Step Five

Make the head by filling your pillowcase with either straw or other materials and draw a face on their however you like. You could use googly eyes, sunglasses, or just take a permanent marker and draw a beautiful mug for your scarecrow.

Step Six

Attach the head of the scarecrow by tucking the empty part of the pillowcase into the neck opening of the shirt and secure it with your pins. You can then add your hat and any other accessories you would like to add. Your scarecrow might be completely finished at this point, but If you want to add any other embellishments that are totally up to you.

Scarecrow Ideas

Now that you know some basic methods for making a scarecrow, you might be interested in some ideas for ways to make the scarecrow your own. Enjoy the process of building the scarecrow, especially if you’re doing it with kids or family members. You could make the scarecrow a caricature of a friend or member of the family by putting it in the same clothes that they wear and drawing the face similarly to theirs. Remember to be kind when doing this. You could also make the scarecrow a celebrity, movie star, or cartoon character. If it’s close to Halloween, you might find it fun to make your scarecrow, well, scary! You can add fake blood or a creepy costume for some Halloween fun!

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