This project is so fun! The scarecrow above was made to look like my kids’ papa (that’s what they call their grandpa), and my mom (his wife) did a great job, simply by using his old clothes. Whenever we drive past him the kids all yell “hi papa!”. In fact when I was getting the photo above ready, one of my little ones saw me working on it and said “look, there’s papa!”. Whether you choose to make your scarecrow look like a family member or not, they are fun and easy to make. Best part is you can use many items you may already have lying around the house.
DIY Scarecrow using Items from Around Your House
- Old clothes (go through your closets, ask friends or hit the goodwill)
- Wood (large enough stake to attach Scarecrow too and put in in the ground. Alternatively, you can attach a hook to the back and hang from your front door or some other spot)
- Bubble wrap (we used what we had left over from packages being delivered)
- 4 Rubber bands (or string to tie off hands and feet for your scarecrow)
- 1 balloon, blown up, and fabric to cover balloon (this will be used for the head – you could just use stuffing too if you prefer)
- Hot glue and two large buttons if you want to add eyes to your head
*Optional – pick up some real hay to stuff in the arms and legs (and neck) if you want a more traditional look.
That is just about all you need to make your own DIY scarecrow!!
How to Make your Scarecrow:
Lay your outfit out and tie off each arm and each leg with a rubberband a few inches in. This will keep your stuffing in and also creates the illusion of hands and feet.
Once you have the arms and legs tied off you can start stuffing. Add your bubble wrap to your pants and then top. We secured the top to the pants with suspenders. You could also use safety pins instead.
If you do not have bubble wrap, you could use old newspaper or whatever recyclable material you have. In that case, you would probably want to keep the scarecrow under cover.
To make our head, we used a large balloon and covered it with burlap and tied it to the top of our stick. If you are using your scarecrow someplace you are concerned that birds may land on it or other critter, you may want to opt to stuff the head rather then use the balloon method.
We then used a hot glue gun to attach to large buttons for eyes (you could use bottle caps too – if you don’t have buttons).
Attach either to a stick or add a hook to the back to hang on a door! We cut a small hole in the back of the pants (so you cannot see it from the front). We then ran the stick up through that hole, and out the neck of the shirt to attach our scarecrow to the stake (make sure you do this all behind the bubble wrap).
Lastly, top it off your scarecrow with a hat, and enjoy! Want a more authentic scarecrow look? Pick up a little hay and add it as hands and feet, and a little coming out the neck area.
My kids just love this scarecrow, and will remember it each year I am sure. It was so worth a little effort and a few materials we were able to scavenger from around the house, for the memories I know they kids will always have of “papa”!