You don’t have to go out and buy craft supplies to make any number of scarecrows this Halloween. Use scraps of this and that from around the house to create them instead! There are lots of different ways you can make them depending on the types of leftovers you have.
Use a half of a Styrofoam ball to make a scarecrow face. Cover it with beige cloth or felt then draw on a face. Cut a square of cardboard to make the scarecrow’s body. Cut a slit in the bottom of the Styrofoam half-ball, apply a little hot glue, then slide the edge of the cardboard in to attach the head to the body.
Cut a simple shirt shape with long sleeves then cut a second one that’s identical. Lay one shirt shape on a table and center the cardboard square on it. Cover it with the second shirt shape and glue them together, trapping the cardboard between them. When you get to the cuffs of the shirt, glue on some raffia, then glue the shirt over it. The shirt will end up flat with the raffia pieces hanging out of the sleeves. If you have no raffia you can use strips of tan fabric or felt.
Cut a simplistic pants shape – two of them – using burlap if you have it. Burlap gives an adorable look to the scarecrow but you can also use denim, corduroy or other material. Make sure you cut the width of the waist to the same size as the width of the hem area of the shirt. Cut two strips of the same or different fabric to use as suspenders. Glue them to the pants, in the back.
Lay one pants shape on the table, position the bottom edge of the shirt across the top section of the pants, then lay the second pants shape on top and glue. Bring the suspenders around to the front and glue them to the edge of the pants. Glue across the waist area and down both sides as well as the inseam. As you get to the bottoms of the pants legs, add the raffia or other material, then glue the legs shut across the bottom. The raffia should be hanging several inches out from the bottom of each pants leg. You can add additional details to this hanging scarecrow, like patches on the pants, a piece of cord tied around the waist, a hat and a bandana. Glue a loop of cord to the backside to hang the lightweight scarecrow.
Make the scarecrow a standing one by using a block of Styrofoam instead of cardboard for the scarecrow’s body. Make a hole in the bottom of the Styrofoam and glue in a wooden dowel. Leave a small opening in the crotch of the pants for the stick. This scarecrow can be stuck in the ground outside, but if you make a tiny version, can decorate a potted plant indoors. Make a standing scarecrow for inside by gluing the wooden dowel to a wooden circle or square. With this scarecrow that has his own base you can decorate any area of the home!