Sharing all my Tips & Tricks for How to Make the Best DIY Scarecrows for Halloween to decorate your yard with on a budget.
Creating a DIY Scarecrow for Halloween is a fun craft or DIY project because it gets the whole family involved & excited to decorate for Halloween.
And… it’s a great way to re-use old Halloween Costumes your kiddos can no longer fit in.
Sharing my scarecrows for Halloween along with 7 of my #Homeforthefallidays Instagram friends to bring you 8 different Halloween Crafts.
DIY Scarecrows for Halloween
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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 along with our Jack O’ Lantern is our scarecrow for Halloween.
We started making scarecrows a few years ago when we entered the Morris Arboretum’s scarecrow contest.
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.
Supplies Needed to Build Scarecrows for Halloween
Size for Scarecrow is 6 Feet Tall by 3 Feet Wide
- 6 foot pressure treated board
- 3 foot pressure treated board
- exterior screws
- old Halloween costume
- small bale of hay
- vine wrap wire (for head)
- twine & safety pins to keep it all together
Instructions for How to Make Scarecrows for Halloween
(this year our scarecrow is Pablo Picasso Painting…not sure the trick or treaters will figure that one out 🙂
Step ONE – Create the Wood T – Shaped frame for the Scarecrow
You start with a simple T shaped frame, roughly 6 feet tall by 3 feet wide.
Cut your pressure treated boards. One 6 feet long & 1 at 3 feet long.
If you use pressure treated & exterior screws you can use the frame year after year.
Step TWO – Create a Scarecrow Head Form out of Wire
We made our head form (when we don’t use burlap) from a wire wrapped with vine.
Like this one, 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 after year after year.
Step THREE – Add Straw to Your Scarecrow Head Form
Stuff your head with straw.
We have used this head form for many a scarecrow!!!
Step FOUR – Dress your Scarecrow for Halloween & Stuff His Body with Straw
Dress your scarecrow & stuff the body with straw.
Step FIVE – Add Twine & Safety Pins to Keep your Scarecrow for Halloween Together
Tie off legs with twine or the wire & pin the top & pants at the waist with some safety pins.
Step SIX – Display your Scarecrow for Halloween in Your Yard
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.
Scarecrows for Halloween from the Past
Peter Pan & Captain Hook
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.
It was a hit!!!
Harry Potter Playing Quidditch
Below is Harry Potter playing Quidditch flying on his broom catching the snitch.
This was the first scarecrow we ever made… (we definitely improved in our scarecrow building skills in future years!
The best thing about this project is once you have made a scarecrow all you need from year to year is some straw & a costume.
I hope this inspires you to give building scarecrows for Halloween a try!
by Tara Lehman
Some More DIY Halloween Crafts from my Friends
- Flourish and Knot – Día de Muertos Luminaries – http://flourishandknot.com/?p=3034
- Little bits of Home – Textured Jute Pumpkin – http://littlebitsofhome.blogspot.com/2015/10/homeforthefallidays-halloween-craft.html
- Our House Now a Home – Boo Pumpkins – http://www.ourhousenowahome.com/2015/10/diy-boo-pumpkins-home-for-fallidays.html
- Pocketful of Posies – Boo Sweater Pumpkins http://www.pocketofposies.com/journal/2015/10/5/boo-sweater-pumpkins
- Lehman Lane – Https://lehmanlane.net/diy-scarecrows-for-Halloween/ (you are here:)
- Beauteeful Living – Spooky Chandelier – http://beauteefulliving.com/diy-spooky-chandelier/
- Oh the fun – Spider and Bats Wreath http://ohthefun.com/2015/10/spiders-and-bats-and-cobwebs-oh-my/
- Shabby Grace Blog – Spooky Halloween Village http://shabbygraceblog.com/diy-spooky-halloween-village/