Making a fall scarecrow decoration is fun and simple, and it is inexpensive if you use recycled, or upcycled materials. Look around the house for items such as a dowel or old broom handle, an old, plaid shirt, a white, or light colored pillowcase, an old pair of pants or jeans, an old hat, paints, and materials for stuffing. If you grew a veggie garden, dried corn husks will add to your scarecrow, and so will straw that you might use to mulch plants for the winter. Bailing twine, or wire will be used to hold all of the parts together, so you will need scissors, or wire cutters, too. I prefer to use twine for a more rustic feel. Keep in mind that you can make a scarecrow of any size, from a small one using old baby clothes, to a full sized one, using old adult clothing. If you are missing a few items, hit yard sales, and flea markets.
Step One– Using the old pillowcase, or an old burlap bag, or an old sock for a little scarecrow, paint a scarecrow face on one side and let dry. The kids can help with this. Once the painted face has dried, stuff the scarecrow head with old rags, newspapers, or whatever you have, and attach it to one end of the dowel, or broom handle, with some twine, or wire.
Step Two– Stuff the shirt and the pants in the same manner, using rags, crumpled newspapers, straw, or what have you. Wrap the stuffed shirt around the dowel, right below the head, and attach it to the dowel, at the neck, using twine, or wore. You may need to rearrange the stuffing a bit, and pull out the collar over the wire. You can attach the stuffed pants to the shirt by running twine, or an old belt, through the belt loops and fastening it around the waist to the shirt. Put the pants up around the shirt waist area with the dowel running down one leg of the pants. This attachment is not a firm one, so if you want something more sturdy, you can then stitch the pants and shirt together by hand.
Step Three– Get your scarecrow wherever you are going to want him to be, whether it is by the front door, or propped by a tree, then proceed to the finishing touches. Once he is settled, use straw, or corn husks, or dried grass clippings, and stuff some in around the neck area–just bits. Also, have straw or husks coming out of the sleeve cuffs, and the pant bottoms. Again, you can secure these decorative straw stuffings with twine, or wire. If your scarecrow is going to have hair, glue some straw to the top of the head, or use old, dried moss, or cornsilk. Attach the hat to the head of the scarecrow in a secure way.
Step Four– Position your scarecrow as you would like him to be, then stand back and admire your handiwork. You can get as creative as you like, and make a tie dye, hippie scarecrow, or a paisley shirted, disco scarecrow, or a lovely, female scarecrow. Let your imagination run wild, then enjoy your one-of-a-kind, scarecrow!