DIY Scarecrows

Whether you need a protector for your plants, or you just want a friendly face to liven up the garden this fall, a classic scarecrow will get the job done. Gather the family, scrounge up some supplies, and get ready to meet the newest addition to your yard with this step-by-step guide on how to make a scarecrow.


  • Two pieces of 2ˈ x 4ˈ wood. One should be about 4ˈ long, the other 6ˈ-7ˈ long
  • A straw hat, a flannel shirt and a pair of overalls
  • A bundle of hay and twine (optional)
  • Nails and a hammer

Build his post:

Making a scarecrow is easy. First, nail the two pieces of wood together in a cross shape with the shorter piece crossing horizontally over the longer piece. Leave at least a foot at the top of the long piece of wood.

Dress him up:

Next, place the sleeves of the shirt over the two short ends of the cross as if they were arms. You may need to cut the cuffs off the sleeves to make them fit over the wood. Button up the shirt. Next, cut a hole in the overalls where the legs meet. Pull the bottom of the cross shape through the hole and position the overalls up and around, fastening the straps around the 'arms.' Finally, place the hat on the top of the post and nail it into the wood to secure.  

Stuff him:

This step is optional; you can skip it if you want your scarecrow's clothing to flow in the breeze. If you do want to stuff your scarecrow, use twine to secure the cuffs of the flannel shirt and overalls. Tie the twine around the garments on the posts and tightly knot. Now take the hay and stuff the clothes, to give your scarecrow shape.  

Place him:

The last step to making a scarecrow is securing him in your garden by digging a hole wherever you want him to live. Make sure you dig a hole deep enough so your scarecrow will stand firmly without falling over. Once placed in the hole, fill the area back up with dirt to secure your scarecrow.

If you are truly trying to scare crows, try moving your scarecrow around the garden occasionally. The more he moves, whether from location changes or from loose clothing blowing in the wind, the more likely you are to keep the critters away. And remember, this is just a guide. Get as creative as you want with your scarecrow. Add accessories, give him a pumpkin head - the possibilities are endless.


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