DIY – Scarecrows for Halloween

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween

Hi everybody!  I am teaming up with 7 of my #Homeforthefallidays Instagram friends to bring you 8 Halloween Crafts.  Please don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out what crafts they made!

Stop by to see how to make 8 DIY Halloween Crafts!!!  Home for the Fallidays Blog Hop

Some people think scarecrows are just for fall but we love to use ours to decorate for Halloween too.  I am not really into scary decorating for Halloween.  Skulls, witches, bloody fingers are not really my thing.   One decoration we do look forward to putting out every Halloween night is our scarecrow just as much as our Jack O’ lanterns.

Below is Harry Potter playing Quidditch flying on his broom catching the snitch.  This was the first scarecrow we ever made.

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween / Harry PotterWe started making scarecrows a few years ago when we entered the Morris Arboretum‘s scarecrow contest.  This is a fun craft / DIY project because it gets the whole family involved and excited.  After the contest is over we get our scarecrow back right before Halloween and we love to put it out for the trick or treaters that come to our house.  The kids coming for candy really enjoy it when they can recognize the scarecrows.  Re-using my kids old Halloween costumes is a great way to make fun looking scarecrows for almost nothing.

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween

A few years ago we used our Peter Pan & Captain Hook scarecrows flanking the walkway to our house where the kids had to walk under them duelling in order to get their candy:).  Wish I still had a picture of that but it was a hit!!!

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween / Captain Hook / Peter Pan

Although this year the arboretum’s theme is famous art and artists…it took a little more thought to make it fun for those seeing the scarecrows.

To Make Scarecrows for Halloween

(this year our scarecrow is Picasso Painting You..not sure the trick or treaters will figure that one out:)


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-6 x 3 foot T shaped Frame made of wood

-old Halloween costume

– small bale of hay

– vine wrap wire (for head)

– twine and safety pins to keep it all together

1) You start with a simple T shaped frame, roughly 6 feet tall by 3 feet wide.  If you use pressure treated and exterior screws you can use the frame year after year.

2) We made our head form (when we don’t use burlap) from a wire wrapped with vine.    *affliate link* 40 Feet of Vine Wrapped Rustic Feel Craft Wire  I personally like the look of the straw head form in place of the burlap.  It’s quick, it is actually the shape of a head so hats fit fine, and you can re-use it year to year.

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween

3) Stuff your head with straw.  We have used this head form for many a scarecrow!!!

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween

4) Dress your scarecrow and stuff the body with straw.

DIY - Scarecrows for Halloween4) Tie off legs with twine or the wire and pin the top and pants at the waist with some safety pins.

DIY - Scarecrows for HalloweenDIY - Scarecrows for Halloween

5) You can either screw your scarecrow to a fence post in your yard ( this is what we do) or you can stake a foot long piece of wood in the ground and screw your scarecrow into it.

* the best thing about this project is once you have made a scarecrow all you need from year to year is some straw and a costume!!!

Don’t forget to check out these links for some more Halloween crafts!!!

  1. Flourish and Knot – Día de Muertos Luminaries –
  2. Little bits of Home – Textured Jute Pumpkin –
  3. Our House Now a Home – Boo Pumpkins –
  4. Pocketful of Posies – Boo Sweater Pumpkins
  5. Lehman Lane – Http:// (you are here:)
  6. Beauteeful Living – Spooky Chandelier –
  7. Oh the fun – Spider and Bats Wreath
  8. Shabby Grace Blog – Spooky Halloween Village

Don’t forget to pin this to make one of your own!!!

Learn how we make simple DIY scarecrows every fall! We love to learn them out to decorate for Halloween too! Stop by to see 7 more Halloween crafts included in this post too! #scarecrows #fall




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24 thoughts on “DIY – Scarecrows for Halloween

  1. Tara,

    I love this tradition! What a fun festive way to reused old costumes! Plus the whole family is involved! I may have to steal you idea next year when our little one is old enough to understand. Thank you so much for joining in on all the fun! It’s always a pleasure to read your posts!

    1. Thank Cat! It really is a fun fall family tradition we have. I bet your daughter would love a small princess scarecrow;). Thanks so much for organizing this Halloween craft hop, such a great idea!

  2. You have a Harry Potter scarecrow. My head just exploded with so much awesome!!! I LOVE IT!!!! (Not sure if you can tell but I am a GIANT HP nerd.) K, off to make myself an HP Quidditch scarecrow RIGHT NOW.

  3. They all look great – and it’s good to see the kids helping – They’ll all grow up to be “crafties” like their Mother – Good job !!!

    1. Thanks Maria! We have deer here too, they definitely come into my yard more the colder the weather gets and they love to eat my shrubs and trees. Although I think our labradoodle, Moose scares them away more than our scarecrows do:).

  4. Tara, these scarecrows are so creative! I love that it’s something the whole family can participate in and it’s total genius to reuse the kids old costumes as clothes for the scarecrows. That is too cool. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Oh I miss those days so much I can’t tell you !
    Enjoy these years they fly by ( as I’m sure you know )
    LOVE your scarecrows – but love seeing your kids standing in front of them the best ♥

    1. I know my kids really are growing up too quick! I used to roll my eyes when people said that when they were little but with two in middle school now I see just how true and right that is! Thanks Suzan!

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