Many Halloween scarecrows are made by using raffia, straw brooms and similar items. They’re cute but everyone has seen them before! Make something new this year and watch the compliments roll in! If you have an old-fashioned mop with strands instead of a sponge you should get two mop head refills the next time you shop for one. Use one for mopping and the second one for making a cute, floppy scarecrow that can sit anywhere.
Purchase a 16 oz, floppy mop head refill to make the scarecrow. You’ll also need a 5″ Styrofoam ball. Poke a hole in the bottom of the ball, add a little hot glue, then reposition the stick back inside the ball. Push the stick in about an inch and a half. Wrap a piece of white or beige fabric over the ball. Smooth it out and glue it down the stick a few inches. If you can’t get all the creases out of the fabric make tiny pleats in the back “neck” area.
Lay the mop head out so the strands go to the right and to the left. The seam of the mop should be vertical. Apply hot glue to the craft stick and set it flat on the seam of the mop. The end of the mop seam should be right below the ball. To help secure it tie a couple of the mop strands together – one from each side of the seam.
Section the mop strands into four groups to make two arms and two legs. Make the leg sections slightly larger around than the arms. Braid each section, stopping a couple of inches from the end, then tying it off with a piece of raffia or twine. Do this to both arms and both legs. Trim away any long strands from the arms and the legs; keep these to make hair.
Draw a face on the scarecrow or make one with buttons, felt, pipe cleaners or other craft supplies. Cut pieces of yarn and glue them to the head so that they hang down in bangs. Dress the finished scarecrow in doll clothes or infant clothing. Or, make simplistic clothing for him from scrap cloth. Create a tiny bandana and tie it around the neck area. Glue a straw hat onto the top of the Styrofoam ball making sure you cover the wrinkles – if there are any – in the back with the brim. Also, the hat should cover the ends of the mop strands, leaving just a few bangs showing. These scarecrows are floppy and look cute on mantles, tables, counters and other areas of the home.