a completed diy scarecrow

A scarecrow can make a great addition to your garden. It can help scare away creatures and stand guard over your vegetables. It can also make a great autumn outdoor decoration on its own Keep reading to find out how to make a scarecrow for your garden this autumn!

Supplies:

  • 1 long narrow board, about 10 cm wide by 180 cm long
  • 1 long narrow board, about 10 cm wide by about 150 cm long
  • 6-8 nails
  • old pair of jeans
  • old long sleeved shirt
  • piece of burlap, approximately 60 x 60 cm
  • piece of dark brown or black felt
  • piece of red felt
  • straw
  • twine
  • old hat

Instructions:

Step 1: Gather together some old clothes, long boards and straw to help you bring your scarecrow to life. You’ll also want to pick a location in your backyard or garden where you want to place the scarecrow and carry your materials there. It can be difficult to move your scarecrow once it’s been assembled.

Step 2: Build the scarecrow’s frame by nailing the shorter board horizontally about 3/4 of the way to the top of the longer board.the frame used to build the scarecrow

Step 3: Cut a hole in the seat of the jeans, and slide it up over the bottom of the longer board.attaching the scarecrow's clothing to the stand

Step 4: Pull the jeans up so the bottoms of the legs of the jeans are at least 20 cm from the bottom of the board. Nail the top of the back centre of the jeans to the board to hold them in place.

Step 5: Stuff the legs of the jeans with straw.stuffing the homemade scarecrow

Step 6: Put the shirt over the horizontal board, with one arm of the shirt going over each side.

Step 7: Set the scarecrow upright and use a large hammer to carefully pound the long board several centimetres into the ground to hold your scarecrow in place.

Step 8: Tuck the tail of the shirt into the jeans.

Step 9: Raise the collar of the shirt up, and nail the centre back to the board to hold it in place.

Step 10: Unbutton the front of the shirt, and stuff the shirt with straw.filling the body cavity of the scarecrow

Step 11: Place a large handful of straw into the centre of the piece of burlap. Wrap the burlap around the straw to form a ball. Tie the ends of the burlap together tightly with a piece of twine.making the scarecrow head

Step 12: Use another piece of twine to tie the burlap ball to the top of the scarecrow board to form the scarecrow’s head.scarecrow step 12

Step 13:  Cut two 3 cm triangles from the brown felt, and one 3 cm triangle from the red felt.

Step 14: Glue the brown triangles to the scarecrow’s face for his eyes.

Step 15: Glue the red triangle to the center of the scarecrow’s face for his nose.

Step 16: Cut a 1 cm by 10 cm strip from the brown or black felt, and three to four 3 cm by 1 cm strips. Glue those strips to the scarecrow’s face for his mouth by gluing the 10 cm strip horizontally and the 3 cm strips over it vertically about 3 cm apart.closeup of scarecrow's face

Step 17: As a finishing touch place an old hat on top of the scarecrow’s head, securing it with a little glue or twine. finished scarecrow

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