Have you ever made your own scarecrow? We do just about every year. It’s such a fun autumn activity, and even though we set him on the porch for Halloween, he also gets used in the garden the next year. There’s not a whole lot to it and you might even have all the fixin’s at home already.
What you need:
- Old pair of jeans or overalls
- Old shirt (we always just pick from clothes the boys have outgrown)
- Burlap sack or 18×36 piece of burlap
- Rubber bands
- Safety Pins
- 24″ dowel rod, any diameter, but 1/2″ is great
- Hay, newspapers (or other clothes destined for Goodwill. We have use many things) for stuffing
- Optional: Gloves, old boots, scarf
What you do:
- Loosely wrap a rubber band around each pant leg
- Stuff the pants from the top, getting as much stuffing in it as you can
- Loosely wrap rubber bands around the bottom of the shirt and the cuffs of the sleeve (if you’re using a button-up shirt make sure it’s completely buttoned)
- Stuff the shirt from the neck, making sure both sleeves and body cavity are well-stuffed
- Place stuffing in the center of the burlap and fold in half so you have a stuffed 18×18 square
- Secure neck with a rubber band, then tie a length of twine around it to make sure it’s sturdy
- Lay the shirt down above the pants and carefully secure the back of the shirt to the back of the pants with safety pins (use 3-4)
- Add some more stuffing to the body before securing the front of the shirt to the front of the pants with more safety pins
- Tie a length of twine around the waist and tie tightly
- Push one end of the dowel rod into the head through the neck
- Push the other end of the dowel rod into the body through the neck of the shirt (It helps hold the body and head upright)
- Secure head to shirt with safety pins
- Add hat (you might want to pin it to the head so it doesn’t blow off in the October wind)
- Paint a face on your scarecrow if you like
- Stuff and add hat, gloves, boots or whatever else will make him special
I would show you what ours looked like with the burlap face, but 3/4 of the way through making it the boys decided they’d rather have a jack-o-lantern head like in The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.
What to Read While Building a Scarecrow
- The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown
- Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
- The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
- Scaredycrow by Christopher Hernandez
- The Scarecrow by Gina Thompson
- The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen
- Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
- Scarecrow Magic by Ed Mesessa
- Scarecrow Pete by Mark Kimball Moulton
- The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston
- And finally, who can think about scarecrows without thinking about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?
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