Autumn activities: how to make a scarecrow

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Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that we went to a scarecrow making party last weekend. As I said in my post earlier in the week, we all had a great time, getting to know our neighbours better and learning how to make scarecrows!

As making scarecrows isn’t something I had ever done before, and it involved a lovely hour or so enjoying a sunny morning outside, it seemed like a perfect Country Kids post.

So, if any of you fancy doing something a little different this weekend, here is our guide to making a scarecrow!

You will need:
1. a wooden frame – roughly 1″ by 1/2″ wood screwed/nailed together to make a cross
2. straw (or other filling material) – we can buy straw bales in our local Home Depot (and craft store at this time of year)
3. twine
4. an old pair of trousers/pants, a jumper/shirt, a pair of tights/pantyhose, a hat
5. felt and wool (for the face and hair)
6. fabric glue
7. scissors

Start by pulling straw through the legs and arms of your trousers and shirt, and then the body of your shirt. My husband found that pulling (more than you think will fit) was better than pushing straw in, and gave a more solid finish. If your filling material is more flexible than straw, you may need to tie off the bottom of your legs/sleeves/shirt to contain the stuffing.

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Make sure you have some fun with the tights before you fill the crotch with straw and tie off the legs to make the head… Princes Leia impersonations always go down well!

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Once you have the head filled and attached to the body, you’re ready to fully assemble the scarecrow. My husband made a ‘neck’ sticking out from the body, and once the head was filled he created a ‘slot’ inside the head to allow him to drop the head onto the neck, creating a solid connection. Others tied/sewed the heads onto the bodies.

A variety of techniques were used to connect the body to the legs! ‘Sewing’ the shirt to the trousers was a popular one, before tying the whole thing to the frame.

As hubby had constructed such a solid body (star that he is) he started by attaching the torso to the frame, tying it on with wool. He then put one leg of the trousers through the frame before using twine to create braces that also went through the trousers belt loops, to keep the whole thing together.

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Next it was time for the face! Hubby and the 7yo had fun cutting eyes, a mouth and buck teeth from felt and gluing them to the head. A straw to suck on finished off the look on ours :)

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Several scarecrows ended up with fab hair, a couple looked rather tipsy, but they all looked very happy (and not particularly scary!).

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While hubby (with occasional help from the 4 and 7yo!) was making our wonderful scarecrow – which now has pride of place on our porch – the kids had a great time playing on our neighbours climbing frame and swings and various Little Tikes cars and trikes. There were of course refreshments, apple juice and donuts, and these were enjoyed by all :)

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This goes down as one of our most enjoyable mornings this year – so completely unexpected and ever so slightly random – it was such good fun, and I think making a scarecrow could become an annual tradition.

I am linking up with the wonderful Coombe Mill’s Country Kids as usual :) Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

43 thoughts on “Autumn activities: how to make a scarecrow

  1. Nichola fabfortymum

    Oh fantastic Sara, I loved your post about the scarecrow party, so to now see you making yours is even better. Fabulous pictures too, the boys in their tights gave me a good giggle, I’m not sure which one makes the best Leia xx

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    1. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

      I did wonder about straw, it seems to be everywhere at the moment over here, lots of people use straw bales as part of their Fall decorations… I did think a pet shop might be a good bet? And a Celtic roundhouse? I’m intrigued! Hope you blog about that :)

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  3. Nell Heshram

    I’m glad to see these scarecrows are friendly ones – somehow they normally make me think of the horror film Children of the Corn! I love the goofy expressions on the faces of the first lot.

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  4. jenny paulin

    wow what fun you have all had. i have pinned this in case we ever fancy making a scarecrow for our non existent veggie patch lol i think it is a great family activity x

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