How to Make a Scarecrow for Halloween Funny, Scary, or Cute
Scarecrows are fun for kids and adults.
Making a scarecrow is a fun activity for parents to do with kids or for adults to do together. You can even do this at a party. Invite some friends over and have everyone bring something funny or wacky to contribute to the scarecrow. Give it a fun theme, like "Michael Jackson", and see what people come up with.
You can also make your scarecrow frightening, using fake blood or a coffin, or you can make it evoke the fall harvest with bales of hay, corn stalks, and pumpkins.
Scarecrows- One of Our Oldest Traditions
Scarecrows originated very far back in history and have been used all over the world for centuries. The oldest known mention of a scarecrow in historical texts was in Japan in the year 712.
They were set up in gardens and fields to scare the birds away. As autumn is traditionally a time a harvest and abundant plant production, the scarecrow has become synonymous with fall and Halloween. We aren't such big farmers any more, but we are still carrying on the traditions of our ancestors!
Suggested Scarecrow Materials for a Traditional Scarecrow
- Long-sleeved, button-up flannel shirt
- Long denim or corduroy pants, or a pair of overalls. Sew some patches into them with fun fabric.
- Old pair of boots- the muddier, the better!
- Leather gardening gloves
- Straw hat
- Lots of twine, yarn, or thick sturdy string
- Safety pins
- Burlap sack, pillowcase, or pumpkin for the head
- Newspapers, rags, or straw for stuffing
- Pencil, paint and markers for face
- A stake to stand him/her up, or a hay bale or rocking chair to set him/her on
Putting Your Scarecrow Together
- Tie up the bottoms of the sleeves of the shirt and foot holes of the pants and stuff them.
- Stuff the gloves and pin them into place.
- Tuck the ends of the pants into the boots, pin the boots into place if necessary.
- Tuck the shirt into the pants and pin it.
- The head:
- If you're using burlap or some type of cloth, draw on the facial features, stuff it, and pin it into place.
- If you're using a jack-o-lantern, you will probably need to use wire to keep it in place, or else you can just put it on last and balance it. Put an electric bulb into the jack-o-lantern, using an extension cord if the scarecrow is outside. Avoid using a real candle here, as it's a fire hazard on top of the scarecrow.
6. Finish with the hat, pinning it down so it doesn't blow away.
7. Fasten the scarecrow to a stake to stand him up, or just prop him against hay bales or in a chair.
8. Give him a good name.
9. At the end of fall, you can store him until next year, or you can throw him out and start anew.