DIY Scarecrow Costume Using Everyday Clothes!

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DIY Scarecrow Costume

DIY Scarecrow Costume Using Everyday Clothes!

Each year my kids want me to dress up with them. But it seems that I have spent so much time preparing for the Halloween party we host at our house, and making sure they all have all the parts that they need for their costumes, that I don’t have much energy left to run out and get a costume for me. I remember one year though, when I raided my husbands closet and threw together a DIY scarecrow costume in just a few minute – and the kids just loved it! It has become my go to costume since, when I need something quick and easy.

We thought it would be fun to run a series of DIY costume ideas that women can put together either with a) clothes from their own closet, or b) if you need to buy pieces for the costume they are things you can wear again in your “regular” life. This way you are not throwing money away on a costume you will wear one time only. This homemade scarecrow costume will work for just about anyone, although our focus here is a scarecrow costume for women. However the items are easy to adapt to all as well as different sizes.

We have listed out each item needed for the costume below. You can use these as inspiration to find similar items in your own closet, or if you do not have something like it, we have linked each piece to someplace you will be able to find it online for a reasonable price.

Here is how to make a DIY Scarecrow Costume using your own clothes, or items you can buy and wear again in regular life:

DIY Scarecrow costume women's

This is an old photo from years ago, but shows you how I threw on a floppy hat and a little make-up and there you have it! Instant Scarecrow costume for women or men!

The coolest part of this is that all of these pieces are currently in style, so you can pair them with different items later on and they will just become part of your closet

Here are the items you need to make the costume shown at the top of the page:

  1. Distressed Jeans or more options here.
  2. You can also do Jean Overalls instead of jeans – I share my favorite jean overalls for under $25. They are perfect for this costume, but also great to wear year round – so a really practical buy too!
  3. Button Down Flannel Shirt
    1. Lots of options here for just $11.98 each!
    2. Or Womens Flannels for $14.98
    3. This option is on sale for $15.99
  4. Quilted Boots or Duck Boots (really any shoe works here, cowboy boots, rain boots or whatever you have on hand).
    1. You can usually find JBU Duck Boots for under $25 a pair
    2. More options starting at under $20 here too
  5. Woven Straw Hats
    1. This floppy style hat like the one I am wearing above is just $5!
    2. Find lots more options starting at around $10 here
    3. or you can also get this scarecrow type hat
  6. Brown Eyeliner Penciluse the brown pencil to draw a rectangle on their nose and stitches in the corners of your mouth (you can also add some exaggerated rosey cheeks and fake lashes around your eyes if you want). That is me (Sia) as a scarecrow a couple of years ago, and I also put my hair in loose pony tails under my floppy hat. The costume was so easy to make, and comfortable to wear too!

DIY Scarecrow Costume Accessory Ideas

I often keep my scarecrow costume pretty simple, with the things listed above, but if you want to really do it up, here are some accessories for your DIY Scarecrow Costume you can use to do that:

  1. Straw sleeve and neck accessories.
  2. Corn Husks – you can pin the corn husks coming out of the sleeves and pant legs as an alternative.
  3. Burlap Collar – another idea for your neck area.
  4. Bandana – fold one of these on the diagonal and tie it around your neck.


You can also get instructions on how we made this scarecrow for the yard using clothes from our closet too!

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