How to Make Your Own Fall Scarecrow
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
One of the fun things about fall is the creative decorating that people do. Scarecrows start popping up on people’s porches and front yards. They can be either to celebrate fall, or Halloween, or just for fun! It is entirely possible to make your own scarecrow this year. Making one is a lot more fun, and much less expensive, than purchasing a pre-made scarecrow from a store.
DIY Fall Scarecrow Decorations
Where will you put it?
The first step is something you might not have expected. You need to figure out where your scarecrow will go. Many people like to put a scarecrow on their front porch (out of the way of the door). For others, the best place for a scarecrow might be the front yard.
Once you have decided where your scarecrow will sit, you will need to get him a chair. Choose a plastic lawn chair, or use a piece of patio furniture that is already on your porch. The type of chair doesn’t matter – so long as it is the type that can be used outside.
Gather some old clothes.
Your scarecrow will need some clothes. Fortunately scarecrows aren’t at all picky about what they wear, and are oblivious to the latest fashions. Find some old clothes that you were planning on turning into cleaning rags or throwing away. The clothing doubles as the body of the scarecrow.
At minimum, you will need an old pair of pants and an old shirt (preferably with long sleeves). You can accessorize your scarecrow with a hat, some boots, and a pair of gardening gloves.
Stuff the scarecrow.
There are a wide variety of materials that can be used to stuff a scarecrow. Crunched up newspaper can work well. Those of you with an excess of plastic shopping bags (or take-out bags) can use those. Another great idea is to use the leaves that are covering your yard. Your family can help rake and gather up the leaves. Use some to stuff the scarecrow. Get rid of the rest as you usually would.
Tie the ends of the shirt sleeves into a knot before you start stuffing. Do the same with the pant legs. This will prevent the stuffing material from falling out. Set up the scarecrow as you stuff him. Tuck the pant legs into boots and the shirt sleeves into gloves.
What about the head?
The easiest way to make a head for a scarecrow is to just use a pumpkin. Set a pumpkin on top of your stuffed scarecrow, put a hat on top, and you are all set! If you want to get fancier, you can paint a face on the pumpkin.
Those who are more artistic can carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern type of face, and use that pumpkin for the scarecrows head. Don’t put a lit candle inside it! Scarecrows are flammable.