- Learn How to Build a Scarecrow
- For Autumn Decorating Fun
- Video: Pictures of Scarecrows in Granville TN
- Scarecrow Materials You Will Need
- How to Build a Scarecrow Step-by-Step
- More Scarecrow Pictures
- A Grandpa scarecrow
- Brother and sister
- Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow all decked out in fancy duds
- Happy “painter” ready for a party
- Lovely gardener with a cute straw hat
- This pretty scarecrow will keep the crows away with her wide arms
- Charming scarecrow “spectators”- a twist on the typical scarecrows
- Traditional scarecrow “man” in jeans, plaid shirt and hat
- Last but not least, a scarecrow made from clay pots (and look what he’s holding)
- Our “How to Build a Scarecrow” Final Results
- More Pictures of Scarecrows and a Video
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- How To Make a Scarecrow Step by Step
- How To: Make a Scarecrow
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- How to Make Mini Scarecrows
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Learn How to Build a Scarecrow
For Autumn Decorating Fun
Mary and I learned how to build a scarecrow and thought you might like to learn too! We, along with our grand kids, had lots of fun at a local garden store one Saturday afternoon.
Learning how to make a scarecrow is pretty easy and fun for all ages.
Scarecrows are ideal as fall decorating ideas and can add a festive feeling to your autumn porch.
Learn how to build a scarecrow
If you love family activities, this is a fun outdoor activity for a nice autumn day. We built several scarecrows with our grandchildren. It would also be a nifty neighborhood project.
Not only will we show you how to build a scarecrow, we will also show you other scarecrow pictures to give you ideas for decorating your own scarecrow in different ways.
Scarecrows are easy and relatively inexpensive to make; you probably have most or all of the materials you need right in your own home. Just begin by collecting the materials you will need and let us show you how to make a scarecrow.
Safety first: Children should be supervised in this project. Please use the hot glue gun, scissors and tools in a safe manner.
Your scarecrow will turn out differently from ours as you can personalize it however you like. Our instructions were written with the intent to be accurate, but please use your best judgment when doing this project as we occasionally make mistakes.
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Video: Pictures of Scarecrows in Granville TN
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We visited Granville TN on a Saturday in October and what a treat. Up and down Clover Street are many, perhaps several hundred, scarecrows decorating this quaint town in Middle TN.
If you’d like ideas for making your scarecrow, this is a lovely place to visit in October, especially from Wednesday to Saturday, as that is when their general store/restaurant is open.
Scarecrow Materials You Will Need
- Clothes: coveralls, flannel shirt, hat, scarf.
We purchased overalls and flannel shirts at Goodwill. Be prepared to search through lots of clothes to find them.
- Decorating items: We used eyes, colorful pipe cleaners for mustache, and permanent marker to make the mouth and eye brows, and colored cotton ball for the nose. You can also use yarn for hair.
You might also like a few swatches of fabric to make “patches” on the scarecrow’s overalls. They can be glued on.
- We used a straw hat but baseball caps work just as well, too.
- Burlap: Use at least two 3 by 3 foot pieces for the head. You will double them up so that they generously cover the bucket / coffee can.
- 1×2 wood: one piece at 60 inches (5 feet) and one at 12 inches. As you will see in step one below, you will attach the two pieces together to create the form.
- Small bucket or very large coffee can: Use this as the form for the head
- Twine: 6 pieces at 18 inches each
- Straw: Depending on the size of your scarecrow, one small bale should suffice
- Newspapers: Used as stuffing for head; one medium size newspaper will suffice
- Screws (2): to attach the 1×2’s together
- Screwdriver or drill with 1/16″ drill bit and screwdriver bit (optional): to drill pilot holes for the screws
However, as you can see from our pictures below, you can use almost any pieces of clothing, from regular jeans to other clothing items as well. It is just a matter of securing the clothes in such a way as to hold the straw stuffing. Go crazy if you like!
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How to Build a Scarecrow Step-by-Step
Step 1: Build scarecrow form. The form consists of a approximately 5 foot (60 inches) vertical 1×2 and an approximately 12 inch 1×2.
Attach the 12 inch piece horizontally approximately 10 inches from the top of the 5 foot piece with two screws as shown in the photo above. Recommend drilling pilot holes for the screws so you don’t split the wood.
Step 2: Place the bucket on the floor. Lay the burlap over the top of the bucket; the bucket should be in the center under the burlap. Push the burlap down into the bucket.
Step 3: Make the scarecrow’s head. Turn your 1×2 form upside down and insert into the center of the bucket. Wad individual sheets of newspaper and begin packing the bucket around your form.
Continue adding paper until the bucket is full and tightly packed.
NOTE: We used another stick to help pack the paper into the bucket and also used it in place of the actual form. We replaced it with the inverted form after we packed the bucket. We recommend; however, that you insert the form at the beginning and use a stick to help pack paper around it.
Step 4: Pull the burlap up around the form taking care not to cover the horizontal piece.
Use a piece of twine to tie the burlap just above the bucket. Tie it tight.
Next, gather and tie the loose burlap together just above the horizontal piece. Take care not to cover the cross piece.
Step 5: Remove the form from the bucket and invert the form.
Step 6: Place the shirt over the form and button (leave the top buttons unbuttoned). Use twine to tie the ends of the sleeves. Gather the bottom of the shirt and tie off with a piece of string. Begin filling the sleeves and remaining shirt with straw.
Step 7: Place the coveralls on the form. You may want to cut a hole in the crotch of the coveralls to fit over the vertical form 1×2.
Step 8: Tie pants legs and fill the coveralls with straw.
Step 9: Decorate the scarecrow head with eyes, mouth, nose, etc., using markers or other items you may have. Attach items with the hot glue gun.
We like how our scarecrow turned out
Did these simple instructions help guide you on how to build a scarecrow? We sure hope they did.
More Scarecrow Pictures
We really enjoyed learning how to build a scarecrow, so we took a few photos of other scarecrows to give you more decorating ideas for fall.
A Grandpa scarecrow
Brother and sister
Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow all decked out in fancy duds
Happy “painter” ready for a party
Lovely gardener with a cute straw hat
This pretty scarecrow will keep the crows away with her wide arms
Charming scarecrow “spectators”- a twist on the typical scarecrows
Traditional scarecrow “man” in jeans, plaid shirt and hat
Last but not least, a scarecrow made from clay pots (and look what he’s holding)
We don’t know exactly how this was put together, but we wanted to snap a picture of it for you as we thought it was super cute.
If you were wanting to learn how to build a scarecrow, we hope that our instructions plus the pictures we gathered for you, will inspire you to create something adorable.
Our “How to Build a Scarecrow” Final Results
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A lady scarecrow dressed in a blue dress
Of course, a classic scarecrow
We love this cute scarecrow couple
Isn’t she adorable in her pink bathrobe?
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This lady scarecrow is hard at work
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Kids Love These Easy Scarecrow Crafts!
I’ve been loving scarecrows ever since I watched the Wizard of Oz!
How can you not like that super cute scarecrow who wishes for a brain? ;0)
If your kids or students love scarecrows, try one of these super-easy, crazy cute scarecrow crafts that will keep everyone smiling!
Scarecrow Crafts for Kids
Paper Bowl Scarecrow Craft
Paper bowls just got cuter with this Paper Bowl Scarecrow Craft from I Heart Crafty Things!
Paper Bag Scarecrows
Awww…these Paper Bag Scarecrows from Pint-Sized Treasures are adorable!
Mason Jar Scarecrows
Got Mason jars? Then you can make these Mason Jar Scarecrows from Mosswood Connections!
Scarecrow Felt Busy Box
Who loves busy boxes?
I do! I do!
Try making this Scarecrow Felt Busy Box from Teach Me Mommy for the tiny kids in your life!
Scarecrow Craft Landscape
How pretty is this Scarecrow Craft with Landscape from Sallie Borrink!
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Pupper
It’s time for imaginary play! Start by making these Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Puppet from Kids Craft Room.
Torn Paper Scarecrows
Torn paper makes a collage of colors in this Torn Paper Scarecrow from Crafty Morning.
Toilet Paper Roll Scarecrow
Toilet Paper Roll Scarecrow from Still Playing School helps you recycle those toilet paper rolls!
Scarecrow Paper Plate Craft
I love paper plate crafts!
This Scarecrow Paper Plate Craft from Coffee Cups and Crayons is a great one to add to our paper plate craft collection!
Candy Corn Scarecrow Craft
Candy Corn Scarecrow from Housing a Forest is incredibly cute…and simple!
Shape Scarecrow Craft
Learning got more fun with this Shape Scarecrow Craft from No Time for Flash Cards!
Scarecrow Potato Print Craft
Let’s get printing!
This from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails will have all scarecrow fans smiling!
Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Craft
You can’t have a craft list without popsicle crafts, right?
This Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Craft from Crafty Morning helps us all get our popsicle stick craft fix in!
Scarecrow Paper Craft
Ooooh! This Scarecrow Paper Craft from Meaningful Mama makes my scarecrow heart sing!
Craft Stick Scarecrows
Grab your crafts sticks and make some Craft Stick Scarecrows from Crafts by Amanda.
You’ll love her blog — she’s like the queen of crafts!
Cut and Paste Scarecrow Craft
Keep it simple with this Cut and Paste Scarecrow Craft from Life Over C’s and help your little ones build important cutting and pasting skills!
Paper Roll Scarecrow Craft
Another way to have some scarecrow fun and recycle!
Paper Roll Scarecrow Craft from Non-Toy Gifts looks like so much fun!
Scarecrow Jar Fall Craft
Scarecrow Jar Fall Craft from The Country Chic Cottage is completely adorable and perfect for kids that love leaves and scarecrows!
Handprint Scarecrow Art
My heart has a super-soft place for h handprint crafts!
Can’t wait to try this Handprint Scarecrow Art from Arts and Crackers.
Coffee Can Scarecrow
Get ready to use those empty coffee cans to create something crazy cute!
Make this Coffee Can Scarecrow from Crafts by Amanda this fall season!
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How To Make a Mini Scarecrow
There are so many things that I love about harvest season! How nature is abundant with fruit and color, wearing just another layer of clothes for optimal coziness, going on hikes and walks, and being surrounded by the textures of fall all around. It’s such a wonderful time for outdoor adventures and craft projects alike!
Scarecrows are an iconic symbol of this season, and such a festive way to decorate during the autumn months. Whether rustic, cutesy or even a bit scary as Halloween creeps closer, scarecrows can’t help but bring a smile to the faces of passersby.
Most full-size scarecrows require forms made from wood or pipes. However, a smaller one can hold its shape when made entirely of hay – we created this fun, easy DIY mini scarecrow to make with the kids. No special tools like a saw or drill are required, and a mini scarecrow is easier for small hands to put together. Dress yours up in recycled doll clothes; add hair, a hat, or button eyes of your liking, and you have a personalized friend to enjoy all fall long.
Materials you’ll need to make a mini scarecrow
1. Hay (Can be purchased at an animal supply store or from Amazon)
2. At least 6 rubber bands
3. Spool of burlap
4. Doll clothes (the ones we used were for an 18-inch doll)
7. 26 gauge craft wire (optional)
8. Drop cloth (optional) The hay makes a mess on the floor, so if you’re creating your scarecrow inside it helps to have a drop cloth or old sheet to make cleanup easier.
9. Scarecrow decorations such as a hat, buttons for eyes, or a permanent marker to draw a face
How To Make a Scarecrow Step by Step
Step 1: To start making your DIY mini scarecrow, first you need to create the legs and the body. For the legs gather a bunch of hay, fold over the top and secure it with a rubber band. Create a second leg that’s the same size as the first. Make the body for your scarecrow by gathering a bunch of hay that is about twice the length of one of the legs. Secure the top and bottom of the body with rubber bands.
2. If you scarecrow is wearing pants (or overalls) stuff the legs through the bottom of the pants. The top of the leg should end about three inches above the pants and the bottom of the leg should stick out about three inches below the pants. Place the body between the two legs and secure the body to the legs with a rubber band.
3. Create arms for the scarecrow by gathering two similar sized bunches of hay. Fold over the top of each bunch, and secure it with a rubber band. Attach the arms to the body of the scarecrow by stuffing the arms into the sleeves of the shirt and tucking the hay from the end of the arms into the body of the scarecrow.
4. If your scarecrow is small this will likely be enough to secure the arms. If the arms seem loose, add another rubber band to the chest area of the scarecrow’s body. Use craft wire to attach the rubber bands from the end of the arms to the rubber band on the chest.
5. Make a head for the scarecrow by overlaying two strips of burlap in a “t” pattern. Add hay to form the scarecrow’s head to the center of the burlap.
6. Gather the ends of the burlap in a bunch and place the head on top of the scarecrow’s body. If the body is too tall for the head simply fold over the hay from the top of the body and remove some of the stuffing for the head. Secure the head to body by tying a rubber band around the ends of the burlap.
7. Cut off any excess burlap and tuck it into the clothes.
8. Create hair for the scarecrow with yarn. If you’re using thinner yarn you can weave it through the holes in the burlap. If it’s a bit thicker (like ours) you can gather several pieces of yarn and secure it to the head of the scarecrow using craft wire.
9. Once the hair is filled in, add any final decorations like a hat, eyes made from buttons, or face drawn with permanent marker.
And your very own mini scarecrow is done!
Display your scarecrow outside to decorate for the autumn season and a friendly welcome to trick-or-treaters. You can even make an entire family of them – these DIY mini scarecrows are so simple and fun to make, your kids will get the hang of it in no time.
How To: Make a Scarecrow
Photo: Jennifer Noonan
October is one of my favorite months. The air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn. My kids are getting excited to dress up for Halloween, and we are all busying ourselves with projects to decorate our house for trick-or-treaters.
The year we moved to Southern Delaware, we made one of my all-time favorite Halloween decorations at the Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach—a scarecrow. It’s a super easy thing to do, which mostly involves materials (other than a bale of straw) you probably already have around your house. Our kids absolutely love making a scarecrow every year to put on our front porch. Here’s what to do.
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– Straw (rags, leaves, or other stuffing materials are great substitutes)
– Burlap sack or pillowcase (optional)
– Old pantyhose
– Old buttondown shirt
– Old pants
– Safety pins
– Twine or other string
– Colored felt or other scrap fabric (or markers or paint) to make your face
– Hats, shoes, gloves, bandanas and other accessories (optional but highly recommended for the most fun results)
1. Make the head and arms. The pantyhose will become the head and arms of your scarecrow. Stuff the legs and top of the pantyhose completely and put a knot in the top at the waistband. Put the legs of the pantyhose into the arms of your shirt so that the head is coming out of the neck. You can cover the head with a burlap sack or pillowcase, but it’s not strictly necessary. Button the top button. Tie twine around the cuffs of the shirt to close off the arms.
2. Make the legs. Tie off the bottom of each pant leg with twine. Stuff the pants all the way to the top.
Photo: Jennifer Noonan
3. Put the body together. Safety-pin the bottom of the shirt into the waistband of the pants and button the bottom few buttons of the shirt. Then stuff the torso of the shirt and button up the remaining buttons.
4. Make the face. Cut felt or scrap fabric in the shape of eyes, nose, and a mouth and glue them onto the head. Alternatively, use markers or paint to make the face.
5. Finish dressing your scarecrow. Add hats, scarves, and any other accessories to make your scarecrow unique. If you’re adding gloves or boots, you can untie the ends of the shirt and pants, retying them once you’ve stuffed and put those items in place.
6. Display. Set your scarecrow out to spook and delight your neighbors!
Photo: Jennifer Noonan
You can make scarecrows in all shapes and sizes, wearing all manner of attire. Let your imagination run wild. This is a fun and simple enough project for kids of all ages to enjoy. You can save the clothing from year to year and make an entire scarecrow gang!
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For thousands of years scarecrows have helped humans save their crops from crows and other hungry mouths and provided an outlet for human creativity. Scarecrows are as old and as mysterious as human nature and have been useful friends to humans since the mists of early time.
A Brief History of Scarecrows
Scarecrow genealogy is rooted in a rural life style. The Egyptians used the first scarecrows in recorded history to use to protect wheat fields along the Nile River from flocks of quail. Egyptian farmers installed wooden frames in their fields and covered them with nets. Then they hid in the fields, scared the quail into the nets and took them home to eat for dinner.
Greek farmers in 2,500 B.C. carved wooden scarecrows to look like Priapus, the son of the god Dionysus and the goddess Aphrodite, who supposedly was ugly enough to scare birds away from the vineyards and ensure good harvests. They painted their wooden scarecrows purple and put a club in one hand to scare away the birds and a sickle in the other for a good harvest.
The Romans copied the Greek scarecrow custom and when Roman armies marched through the Europe they introduced Priapus scarecrows to the people there. Almost simultaneously with the Greeks and Romans, Japanese farmers made scarecrows to protect their rice fields. They made scarecrows called kakashis, shaped like people. They dressed the kakashis in a raincoat and a round straw hat and often added bows and arrows to make them look more threatening. Kojiki, the oldest surviving Japanese book compiled in the year 712, features a scarecrow known as Kuebiko who appears as a deity who can’t walk yet knows everything about the world..
In Germany, scarecrows were wooden and shaped to look like witches. Witch scarecrows were supposed to hasten the coming of spring. In medieval Britain, young boys and girls were used as live scarecrows or “bird scarers.” They would patrol the fields of crops and scare away birds by waving their arms or throwing stones. In later times, farmers stuffed sacks of straw, made faces of gourds, and leaned the straw man against pole to scare away birds.
New World Scarecrows
In the United States, immigrant German farmers made human looking scarecrows called “bootzamon,” which later changed to bogeyman. They were dressed in old clothes with a large red handkerchief around their necks.
Native American tribes across North America used scarecrows or bird scarers, mostly adult men. In Georgia, Creek Indian families moved into huts in their corn fields to protect their crops during the growing season. In the Southwest, Zuni children had contests to see who could make the scariest scarecrow.
Pilgrim families took turns guarding their fields against birds and animals, but as Americans expanded west they invented new kinds of nonhuman scarecrows like wooden and straw figures. During the Great Depression, scarecrows could be found all across America, but in the agri-business era after World War II, farmers sprayed or dusted their crops with chemicals like DDT until scientists discovered their harmful effects. To substitute for chemicals, some farmers built scarecrows like whirligigs that revolved like windmills to scare away the birds.
Scarecrows still guard fields around the world during the growing season. Today some farmers use technological scarecrows instead of straw and wooden figures, technological scarecrows like reflective film ribbons tied to plants to create shimmers from the sun or automatic noise guns that are powered by propane gas. Other farmers in India and some Arab countries, station old men in chairs to throw stones at birds to keep them away from the crops just like the medieval bird scarers.
Just a Few Scarecrows of the Imagination
Even though Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, by American author L. Frank Baum, admonishes her dog Toto, “Don’t be silly Toto, scarecrows don’t talk,” the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz does talk. In his first appearance in the book, he reveals that he doesn’t have a brain and wants more than anything else to acquire one. The reality is that he already has a brain, but since he is only two days old it is largely unused. As the story unfolds, he demonstrates that he does use his brain and it keeps growing along with his experiences. The scarecrow is symbolic because even though he has the title, “the wisest man in all of Oz,” he is wise enough to know his limitations. He continues to credit the Wizard for his brains and he hands over the throne of Oz that the Wizard bequeaths him to Princess Ozma. He becomes one of her trusted advisors, but carves out enough time for himself to play games and enjoy life.
Paul Cornell focuses on the sinister aspect of scarecrow evolution in his 1995 Doctor Who novel Human Nature, when he has his villains, the Family of Blood, create an army of scarecrows to try to capture the Time Lord.
Tim Preston, in his children’s book, The Lonely Scarecrow, sees a winter future for the scarecrow. He imagines that instead of dying in the fall after the festivals and fun of Halloween are over, the scarecrow is covered with snow in the winter and becomes a useful friend until he resumes his guard duties in the spring.
Scarecrows of the Future
Scarecrows have evolved along with people and people sponsor scarecrow festivals every year in places as diverse as West Kilbride, Scotland, St. Charles, Illinois, and Alberta, Canada. After the scarecrow festivals are over, both scarecrows and people enjoy a long, friendly, restful winter before they resume their more strenuous duties in the spring.
Brown, Margaret Wise, The Little Scarecrow Boy, Harper Collins, 2005
Miller, Marcianne, Creative Scarecrows: 35 Fun Figures for Your Yard and Garden, Lark Books, 2004.
Preston, Tim, The Lonely Scarecrow, Dutton Juvenile, 1st Edition, 1999
Why do Scarecrows Scare People?
Why are Scarecrows Scary?
Scarecrows have been used by farmers for thousands of years to keep intrusive animals out of their fields. In fact, scarecrows have been around as long as agriculture itself. Farmers in ancient times learned from the fact that birds and other animals would avoid human figures, and would place scarecrows in their fields to protect crops.
But why are people scared of them too? When did the tradition of the horror scarecrow start? You would think that a simple representation of a human, with a well-understood, mundane purpose, wouldn’t inspire any shivers. But today, scarecrows are accepted as one of horror’s typical monsters, alongside zombies, vampires, and crazed supernatural murderers.
The biggest irony is that some birds don’t care in the least about scarecrows, so they just scare humans, not their intended targets. Many animals get used to the stationary humanlike figure and just ignore it. This has led to the invention of more advanced types of scarecrows like Japan’s Super Monster Wolf, a robotic canine beast with glowing eyes and a roar sound effect. It’s funny that we have to go to these lengths to scare animals, but humans continue to be frightened by nothing more than burlap and ratty old clothes stuffed with straw!
So, let’s take a closer look at scarecrows and what makes them scary.
The Power of Symbols
Religious and spiritual traditions around the world and throughout history have explored the idea that symbols have power. Instead of just representing a thing or idea, a properly-created symbol has a spiritual connection to the thing or idea it represents. People who left offerings to statues of gods were following this belief. The statue was more than just a piece of stone: it symbolized the god, so in a way, it was directly connected to the god.
The human form has been used as this type of symbol in several ways through all time periods. A mundane example is the burning of effigies in political protest, while a mystical example would be a classic voodoo doll. Both are human symbols with certain meaning, but they only derive that meaning from their perceived connection to the person they represent.
People have been using human forms like this for such a long time that we all understand this type of symbolism when we see it. But that also means we instinctively assign the same symbolism where it doesn’t belong. A human form has to have some kind of meaning or power, especially if it’s prominently displayed as if to be watching over something, and that’s exactly how scarecrows are set up. Plus, we know the purpose of the scarecrow is to protect the crops, so we’re already assigning it some level of ability. Our subconscious minds turn scarecrows into minor gods of the fields, even though we’re unaware we do it.
Corpses and Sinister Faces
The other reasons scarecrows can be scary are more prosaic. One is that we often mentally connect life-sized immobile human forms to real human bodies, and the way scarecrows are hung up can make them resemble corpses. The idea of a human corpse strung and propped up in the middle of a dark field is just creepy (and fields are creepy in their own right).
The face is another issue. Anything non-human with a humanlike face can quickly become shudder-inducing. Our connection to faces is another mental thing, and we get deeply unnerved when a face isn’t “right.” This is the same reason some people are afraid of clowns, dolls, and the human-like robots that are currently being developed. A face that is human, but not human enough, is said to evoke the feeling of “Uncanny Valley” which is the unsettling sense that something may look harmless but is deeply wrong. Of course, a face that’s barely human at all can be creepy too, especially if it’s just a burlap sack with black, staring eyes drawn or sewn on.
Of course, once people realized the sinister potential of scarecrows, we started making them scary on purpose!
Scarecrows in Horror
We’ve also seen villainous scarecrows as far back as 1941, which was the first appearance of Scarecrow the Batman antagonist. Their move into the horror genre took place gradually. A 1988 movie called (appropriately enough) Scarecrows was a major player in alerting the general public to the idea that scarecrows could be truly menacing. The past decades have also seen several more scarecrow-centric horror films including Night of the Scarecrow, Dark Harvest, and Hallowed Ground, and scarecrows have appearances in other films including Jeepers Creepers 2. Kids who followed the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series were introduced in 1991 to a murdering scarecrow named Harold.
As the idea of the human-scaring scarecrow became more solidified in pop culture, people started making scarecrows scarier just for the hell of it, examples of which can be seen here (and as a side note, number 1 on that list also made an appearance on Snopes for being mistaken for a real dead body).
Of course, there’s still plenty of room for friendly scarecrows. The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz is a beloved character who doesn’t have a sinister bone (or any bones, really) in his body. Happy scarecrows with smiling faces are often seen in fall collections in home décor shops. Personally, as much as we love the horrifying type of scarecrow, we’re glad some of them are still on our side.
Scarecrow Masks & Costumes
Whether you want to dress as a friendly scarecrow or an evil one, we have some great scarecrow masks and costumes at Halloween-Mask.com, ranging from The Wizard of Oz Scarecrow to Batman Begins Scarecrow and all kinds of twisted and unique characters in between. We have scarecrow masks with pumpkin-based heads as well as a variety with different sacks, some of which look like they’re stretched over a skull. We even have zombie scarecrows (you knew that was coming)!
The full costumes are great for added effect, but you can also combine any of our scarecrow masks with a set of dirty old farm clothes and look like the real deal in minutes. Of course, we always welcome you to contact us for help with choosing your mask.
And if you really want to have some Halloween fun as a scarecrow, might we suggest finding a place to stand and holding still until someone approaches you?
Better yet, try to get back in position before anyone else turns to look.
Are Scarecrows Just for Crows?
Scarecrows have been around for thousands of years. Although it is a common fall and Halloween decoration, they serve a real purpose. Farmers for centuries have used the scarecrow concept to scare away unwanted birds from their crops. Flocks of crows can scour crops, which can be financially devastating for famers and their families.
Crows aren’t the only perpetrators of crop ruin. Scarecrows also are used to frighten away doves, sparrows, blackbirds and other fowl that love to eat seeds and sugar from corn and other crops. Historically, farmers could go hungry during the winter when birds ate too much of their corn or wheat crop.
Other names for the scarecrows have been Hay-man (England), Tattie bogie (Scotland), Kakashi (Japan) and Vogelscheuche (German) to name some. The earliest recorded scarecrows were in Egypt. The farmers in Egypt covered wooden frames with nets to lure quails for dinner. The Greeks would make wooden statues of Priapus in the vineyards to keep the birds away from the grapes. The Romans caught on and introduced the concept to other European countries.
In Japan, farmers used bamboo, dead fish and rags to scare away birds in the rice fields, hoping that the smell would drive them away. In Medieval Britain, young boys were used as live scarecrows, called bird scarers or bird shooers, as they patrolled the fields with bags of stones. They’d sometimes use clappers or wave their arms to ward off the pests. Some Native American cultures also used bird scarers, mostly adult men, who kept watch over the crops.
In these modern times, many American farmers have opted for a more technological route using chemicals and mechanical alternatives, leaving the concept of the scarecrow somewhat obsolete. However, that’s not the case in modern Japan, where in some areas of the country you can find scarecrows made from left-over mannequin heads. Either they make them life size or stick the heads on sticks. As the heads are exposed to nature, they can appear somewhat creepy as in this CNN photo for an article.
Whether human, cute or scary, it can’t be denied that the purpose of scarecrows is a timeless necessity where crops are concerned.
How to Make Mini Scarecrows
Are you looking for an indoor activity that will entice kids of all ages away from the TV or computer for a couple of hours? If so these mini scarecrows can be made by young and old alike using household odds and ends.
How to make mini scarecrows
All you need to make these scarecrows are wooden spoons, pipe cleaners or lollypop sticks for the arms, permanent markers to draw on the faces (with googly eyes optional) and a selection of wool, fabrics, buttons & beads. Glue, staples or needles & thread can be used to fix the ‘clothes’ on or just tie them with wool or string.
Simply wrap a pipe cleaner around the wooden spoon, or fix a lollipop stick across it to form arms and tie them on securely with wool. Add fabric and accessories to create hair and clothing.
I found this activity very calming for all involved and enjoyed sitting down, letting the imagination run away with itself, and seeing how differently each of the mini scarecrows turned out, developing personalities as we clothed them.
Children might enjoy having a puppet show with the scarecrows when they’ve finished making them, before they’re finally placed into the garden to scare the birds away.
The joy of this activity is seeing where the imagination goes. Armed with the same bag of bits and bobs, every mini scarecrow is different. They can also be adapted for themes such as Halloween scarecrows, Christmas scarecrows. The only limiting factor is imagination!
If you’re looking for some more ideas that will help to keep kids away from the TV or computer, you might like some earlier blog posts.
With Halloween comes around the Jack O’ Lanterns and scarecrows! And what better way to celebrate than DIY scarecrow ideas for kids to get in the festive mood? These fun scarecrow ideas will be a hit with your little one.
This Halloween celebrates the uniqueness of this unusual protector and have lots of fun with these easy do it yourself ideas. They are super easy and cute.
Some DIY Scarecrow Ideas For Kids That You Can Try
- Brown bag scarecrow decorations are fun and simple.
- Scarecrow doorknob hanger: A cut and paste craft for everyone to enjoy.
- Necktie Scarecrow Craft: A good gift for your grandma.
- Scarecrow candy necklace: Funny and yummy!
- Stick Scarecrow: Can be pasted anywhere to make the perfect Halloween decoration.
- Paper plate scarecrow ideas: This one can be done using paper plates and some stuff that you have lying around the house.
Take a look at the gallery below for more DIY scarecrow ideas for kids.
DIY Scarecrow Ideas For Kids To Make This Halloween
A little scarecrow looking out into the paddock. Pic source pinterest.com
Annual Scarecrow Contest. Pic source pinterest.com
Candy Scarecrows. Pic source pinterest.com
Cornwall Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Creative unique funny diy scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Easy & Adorable DIY Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Fall Autumn Scarecrow Pumpkin. Pic source pinterest.com
Fall Scarecrow Decor! Pic source pinterest.com
Fall Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Fall Wood Sign Decorations. Pic source pinterest.com
Giant Candy Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Girlie scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Granny On Duty in the side garden. Pic source pinterest.com
Human size scarecrow sculpt from polymer clay. Pic source pinterest.com
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Pic source pinterest.com
Madison Scarecrow Contest. Pic source pinterest.com
Primative Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Pumpkin head scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Scarecrow display for neighborhood contest!!! Pic source pinterest.com
Scarecrow Diy Outdoor Halloween Decorations. Pic source pinterest.com
Scarecrow with Chicken. Pic source pinterest.com
Scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Scarecrows for garden. Pic source pinterest.com
Special Scarecrows! Pic source pinterest.com
Stacee Droit – Arnett’s Country Store. Pic source pinterest.com
Try a lovely lady scare crow! Pic source pinterest.com
Unique funny and creative diy scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Wedding scarecrows! Pic source pinterest.com
Wood angel scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
Wood scarecrow. Pic source pinterest.com
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Make A Scarecrow
You don’t need a vegetable patch to make a scarecrow this autumn – just make one for fun with your kids!
You will need:
Old clothes (preferably kids clothes, and the smaller the better) and hat
Two garden canes
Straw, old plastic bags or newspaper
Needle and thread
Lay out the clothes flat on the ground. If you are using separate trousers and top (we used dungarees) they will need to be roughly sewn together. Stuff the clothes with the straw.
Draw a face on the paper bag and then fill it with straw. Put the bag over the end of one of the garden canes and tie around the neck to secure.
Push the cane though the body of the scarecrow (you may need to make a small hole between the legs for the cane to come through). A blob of sticky tack underneath will keep it in position and stop it sliding down the cane. Push the other cane through the arms.
Push the cane into the ground so your scarecrow stands up. Finally add an old hat.
Remember that your scarecrow isn’t weatherproof!
A scarecrow can make a great addition to your garden. It can help scare away creatures and stand guard over your vegetables. It can also make a great fall outdoor decoration on its own or be a part of your fall backyard decorating setup. Keep reading to find out how to make a scarecrow for your garden this autumn!
- 1 long narrow board, about 2-4 inches wide by about 6-7 feet long
- 1 long narrow board, about 2-4 inches wide by about 5 feet long
- 6-8 nails
- old pair of jeans
- old long sleeved shirt
- piece of burlap, approximately 2 feet by 2 feet
- piece of dark brown or black felt
- piece of red felt
- old hat
Step 1: Gather together some old clothes, long boards, and straw to help you bring your scarecrow to life. You’ll also want to pick a location in your yard or garden where you want to place the scarecrow and carry your materials there. It can be difficult to move your scarecrow once it’s been assembled.
Step 2: Build the scarecrow’s frame by nailing the shorter board horizontally about 3/4 of the way to the top of the longer board.
Step 3: Cut a hole in the seat of the jeans, and slide it up over the bottom of the longer board.
Step 4: Pull the jeans up so the bottoms of the legs of the jeans are at least 8 to 10 inches from the bottom of the board. Nail the top of the back center of the jeans to the board to hold them in place.
Step 5: Stuff the legs of the jeans with straw.
Step 6: Put the shirt over the horizontal board, with one arm of the shirt going over each side.
Step 7: Set the scarecrow upright and use a large hammer to carefully pound the long board several inches into the ground to hold your scarecrow in place.
Step 8: Tuck the tail of the shirt into the jeans.
Step 9: Raise the collar of the shirt up, and nail the center back to the board to hold it in place.
Step 10: Unbutton the front of the shirt, and stuff the shirt with straw.
Step 11: Place a large handful of straw into the center of the piece of burlap. Wrap the burlap around the straw to form a ball. Tie the ends of the burlap together tightly with a piece of twine.
Step 12: Use another piece of twine to tie the burlap ball to the top of the scarecrow board to form the scarecrow’s head.
Step 13: Cut two 1 inch triangles from the brown felt, and one 1 inch triangle from the red felt.
Step 14: Glue the brown triangles to the scarecrow’s face for his eyes.
Step 15: Glue the red triangle to the center of the scarecrow’s face for his nose.
Step 16: Cut a 1/4 inch by 4 inch strip from the brown or black felt, and three to four 1 inch by 1/4 inch strips. Glue those strips to the scarecrow’s face for his mouth by gluing the 4 inch strip horizontally and the 1 inch strips over it vertically about an inch apart.
Step 17: As a finishing touch place an old hat on top of the scarecrow’s head, securing it with a little glue or twine.
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Get inspiration for fun, festive or scary scarecrows with over 20 DIY scarecrow ideas for your fall home decor. They’re not just for the garden anymore.
I’m a scarecrow lover. There, I’ve said it. It’s out in the open!
I can’t get enough of the scratchy, poorly dressed, scruffy looking fellas. I guess I’m not even limiting it to the boys in the fields, I sort of like the girls too.
Basically if you have straw coming out of your shirt, I love you!
So I thought if I was a such a scarecrow lover then maybe some of you may be too?
Last year I took an inexpensive craft store scarecrow and turned it into a fancy schmancy scarecrow.
This year I wanted to give you some more creative scarecrow ideas. Some for the garden, some for the house and some to eat.
Cover your ears Sally S. Crow (do you even have ears?), but yes, some scarecrows are meant to be eaten.
BTW, are scarecrows just a hop, skip, and a jump away from clowns? I hear some people are afraid of them, just like they are of clowns??? Hopefully I’m not giving anyone nightmares here.
Kate from Farm & Foundry made this adorable scarecrow from a mop.
Yes, that’s a mop for her hair!!! Kate’s blog is new to me, but I immediately fell in love with her photography and style.
Source: Farm & Foundry
The Little Veggie Patch Co via The Design Files shows us, step by step, how to make a scarecrow for the garden. With adorable little kids helping.
Source: The Design Files
On Empress Of Dirt she shows how to make a scarecrow out of an ironing board. How creative is THAT!
Source: Empress Of Dirt
Amanda from Crafts By Amanda has a cute coffee can scarecrow craft even the kiddos can participate in.
Source: Crafts By Amanda
Tasha from Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body makes me want to run over to the neighbor’s house and borrow one of their little girls for the day, so I can parade her around in one of these cute scarecrow tutu costumes on Halloween. I’m pretty sure my son would NOT be interested in wearing it.
Source: Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body
Wonder if I could somehow rework it into a dog tutu?
Are you getting hungry yet? How about biting into a big old hunk of scarecrow head?
Bubbly Nature Creations show us how to make a scarecrow dip platter along with some super cute Oreo bats!!!
Source: Bubbly Nature Creations
Elizabeth at Ohio Thoughts (bet she’s a fellow Buckeye) shows a few different ways to make a scarecrow, one of which involves a milk jug.
Source: Ohio Thoughts
Stephanie from Garden Therapy is the Queen of Jack-o-Planterns. True, they are not actually a scarecrow per se, but close enough in my book!
Source: Garden Therapy
How festive is this scarecrow pumpkin craft from Giggles Galore! What a happy name for a website!
Source: Giggles Galore
Barb at Our Fairfield Home & Garden used old scrap wood (and a flower pot) to make an elegant lady for the garden.
Source: Our Fairfield Home & Garden
I’m going to cool it on the photos, since this is going to get very long here soon,but here are some more scarecrow ideas for you:
DIY Fence Picket Scarecrow
Scarecrow Sugar Cookies
Making Scarecrows With Children.
How To Make Pumpkin People
Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Magnet
Some Tips For Building Your Own DIY Scarecrow:
- If you use plastic bags and plastic water bottles to stuff the scarecrow, as opposed to the traditional straw method, they will hold up better in wet weather.
- Pool noddles make excellent arms and legs.
- Clothing for your scarecrow can be found at the thrift stores or even your closet.
- You can easily make a head by placing burlap over a ball or an upside down flower pot and drawing the face on it.
- Go with a theme for your scarecrow – player on a sports team, gardening lady with watering can and hoe, girly-girl wearing a skirt, high heels and a purse, construction man with a shovel.
If you liked this fall post, you may enjoy these also:
A Junkie Repurposed Jack-O’-Lantern
DIY Wood Slice Owl
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Make Your Garden Scarecrow
If you have a garden and you grow crops there, but the birds keep attacking your garden, then you must have a scarecrow to scare the birds. You do need to purchase the scarecrow to make your garden happy, you can make your own and you will be very proud after you see that the scarecrow protects the crops and decorates your garden.
Elaine Mitchell’s Scarecrows
Elaine Mitchell is a textile artist who loves scarecrows. She first began to create these quirky characters nearly ten years ago as props for a theatrical performance. After the play, Elaine displayed the scarecrows around her home. When people started to drive by for a look, she knew she was onto a winner.
Over the years, Elaine has custom-made scarecrows for every situation and has sent them across Australia. As well as the traditional, straw stuffed field scarecrow, she has made feminine scarecrows for cottage gardens, seated scarecrows, stage scarecrows and miniature scarecrows.
Make a Scarecrow
While Elaine specializes in complicated designs, scarecrows are easy to make and fun for children. They are a great example of recycled art. With a little imagination, wonderful personalities emerge from the miscellaneous items lying around the house, old sticks, clothes, raw fleece, ribbon, paper bows and cuttings.
You will need:
- strong sticks, one as high as yourself and the other half as high
- old pair of overalls
- old hat, pair of gloves, scarf
- old pantyhose for tying
- old pillow case or piece of old sheet to cover the head
- masking tape and glue
- paint for the face or buttons for a sewn on face
- bright colored wool
- straw, extra newspaper or plastic bags for stuffing
- Tie the sticks firmly together with old pantyhose. The shorter stick is for the arms and is tied at right angles to the taller stick, a little way down from the top.
- Wind newspaper around the top end of the taller stick to make the head. Use the masking tape to keep it together.
- Cover the newspaper with a piece of old sheet or a pillowcase. Paint or sew a face onto it. Glue or sew on some wool for hair.
- Place the long stick down one leg of the overalls and put each end of the shorter stick through the overall arms.
- Stuff the overalls with straw until they make a firm body. Newspaper or plastic bags are good alternatives to straw.
- Place the old hat on its head, the scarf around its neck and tie on the gloves. Put some straw in its pocket and name your scarecrow.
- Tie the scarecrow to a stake if you want to stand it upright in the garden.
Scarecrow Appearance Is Important
The attic or closets are good sources for a suitable scarecrow wardrobe. Old shirts and jackets, forgotten jeans, discarded dresses, and bib overalls are basic scarecrow garb. Also, consider clothes that are in good condition but ugly, as if last year’s Christmas tie or old party hats. Brighter is better. Crows, black birds and starlings, for example, are sensitive to the color red.
Select a Relatively Permanent Spot
It is usually too floppy and disjointed for much moving around. Choose a strategic area in your garden, such as a blueberry patch, cherry trees or a sweet-corn patch. These spots are on the hit list for many feathered freeloaders.
Homemade Scarecrows Are Seasonal
Wind, rain and sun take their toll by whipping and fading colorful costumes, so construction often becomes an annual affair. Store scarecrow survivors in the garage or shop after the first frost. Next spring, dress your faithful servant in a spiffy new outfit to frighten another batch of garden bandits.