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How to make a scarecrow yarn doll for Halloween

Updated on December 20, 2014

How to make a scarecrow out of yarn for Halloween

These little scarecrows are fun to make as Halloween favors for homeroom parties or to give to trick or treaters. They are small enough to pin on a jacket as a fall pin, and large enough to tuck in a fall wreath. I like scarecrows because they are happy, friendly fellows at a time when there are a lot of really scary things around for children to have to see! If you are more into the harvest theme, instead of the scary stuff, here is a perfect little craft project. Little hands could help with wrapping the yarn around the cardboard square to make some Autumn memories.

Materials needed

Yarn: Small amount of worsted weight yarn in yellow or straw-colored

Felt: 5" by 5" black

Muslin: 5" by 5" square, and a small scrap to stuff head

Jute or twine cord

Cardboard square: 5 1/2 " by 4"



Tacky glue

Wrap the yarn for the body.
Wrap the yarn for the body.

Instructions to make a yarn doll Scarecrow

1. Wrap the yarn 30 times around the longer side of the cardboard square for the body of the scarecrow. Remove carefully.

Tie off for the head.
Tie off for the head.

2. Tie off a section for the head, around 1 1/2 inches down from the top, and set aside.


3. Wrap the width of the cardboard 17 times for the arms, remove, and tie in the center.

4. Tie at each end for wrists, cutting open the loops.

5. Insert the arms through the middle of the body section. Secure at the waist tightly.

6. Divide the legs sections, securing each at the ankle. Cut the loops open.

7. Place a small piece of fabric or something inside the head section to plump it up a little bit.

8. With a point in the middle of the chest, place the muslin square over the head, tying around neck to secure with twine. One side of the head may look better for the face. If so, turn the tie around to make that side the front.

9. Cut out a black felt circle that measures 3 1/4"

in diameter.

10. Cut a small wedge out of the circle. and overlap to make a little hat. Glue seam,and glue to scarecrow's head.

12. With markers, follow the face diagram to create a friendly scarecrow face.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was great I was trying to crochet small pumpkins for the kindergardening class I volunteer in ... and I saw this before and said mmmmmmm this is a much better idea , I'll do scare crows instead and excellent instructions,,,,,,Thank you ,,,,,,,,,,,

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very cute - love the idea!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a great idea and really well explained and the use of pictures helps a lot

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very cute. Makes me think Fall.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      This is very cute and appears easy to make. The pictures are very well done and it looks like I will be making these for my vintage trailer rally in October. Thanks so much for the very clear directions. Angel blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Your photos and instructions make this easy-to-follow. I think I could make one.