Autumn activities: how to make a scarecrow

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Do you know how to make a scarecrow? I admit, I didn’t! But, I have now discovered a great fun family activity for a sunny autumn day.

Autumn Activity - How to Make a Scarecrow - Step by step instructions to make your own scarecrow

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!

Building a scarecrow wasn’t something I had ever done before. It involved a lovely hour or so enjoying a sunny morning outside, which was perfect. And, it involved a lot of laughs, for the kids and adults alike.

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

How to Make 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.

How to make a scarecrow 1 - filling the legs
How to make a scarecrow 1 - filling the legs
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!

How to make a scarecrow 3 - playing with the tights
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. This allowed 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 my husband 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.

How to make a scarecrow 4 - attaching to the frame
How to make a scarecrow 5 - attaching to the frame
Next it was time for the face. My husband 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!

How to make a scarecrow 6 - adding the face
Several scarecrows ended up with fab hair, a couple looked rather tipsy, but they all looked very happy (and not particularly scary!).

How to make a scarecrow 7 - the finished product
While my husband (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 :)

How to make a scarecrow 8 - having fun 1
How to make a scarecrow 9 - having fun 2
How to make a scarecrow 10 - having fun 1

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.

Looking for some other fun autumn activities?

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

  1. 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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  3. This looks ace! And something that all the family can have fun with, whatever the age…I might have to investigate if there are scarecrow days near us!

    1. 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 :)

  4. 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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