Step 1

Secure Cross Frame to Hold Scarecrow Upright

Secure Cross Frame to Hold Scarecrow Upright

Construct a cross frame to hold the scarecrow upright. Use enough nails to keep the frame secure and prevent it from turning around.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Build Cross Frame

When constructing your scarecrow’s cross frame, use two nails, spaced slightly apart. This will keep the horizontal piece firmly in place and prevent it from spinning around. 

Step 2

Knock Cross Frame into Ground for Scarecrow

Knock Cross Frame into Ground for Scarecrow

Create a cross frame from two lengths of wood to hold the scarecrow upright. Use a mallet to knock the vertical piece of the frame into the ground.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Knock Cross Frame into the Ground

Choose a position near vulnerable crops and use a mallet to knock the vertical piece firmly into the ground. 

Step 3

Use Old Clothes to Dress Scarecrow

Use Old Clothes to Dress Scarecrow

Select old pieces of clothing to dress the scarecrow. Feed the horizontal piece of the frame through the shirt sleeves and secure.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use Old Clothes to Dress Scarecrow

You will need a selection of old clothes that you are happy to discard. Alternatively, look in thrift stores or garage sales for a suitable outfit. Feed the horizontal piece of wood through the shirt arms and secure. 

Step 4

Create Waist Line for Scarecrow

Create Waist Line for Scarecrow

Create a waistline on the scarecrow by bringing in the bottom of the shirt and cinching tightly with twine. This will also help keep the stuffing inside the shirt.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Give the Scarecrow a Waistline

Take a length of string or twine and tie it tightly around the bottom of the shirt to create a waist. This will also allow you to stuff the main part of the body without all of the stuffing falling out. 

Step 5

Tie off Sleeves and Add Gloves for Scarecrow Hands

Tie off Sleeves and Add Gloves for Scarecrow Hands

Tie off sleeves with twine to allow for successful stuffing of the scarecrow. A pair of gloves could be sewn to the cuffs of the shirt for hands.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tie Off Sleeves and Add Gloves

Just as with the waist, the sleeves of each shirt need tight binding to hold the stuffing. At a later stage, you could decide to sew or tie on a pair of stuffed gloves to give the scarecrow hands.

Step 6

Stuff Scarecrow Shirt with Straw

Stuff Scarecrow Shirt with Straw

Stuff the scarecrow with straw, old pillows, or quilts. Straw is the traditional stuffing and is environmentally friendly if any escapes.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Stuff Shirt With Straw

Straw is the traditional stuffing material because it is environmentally friendly. For a rustic look, leave bits of straw sticking out through the button holes and arms. 

Step 7

Add Pants to Scarecrow Body

Add Pants to Scarecrow Body

Stuff pants before attaching them to the body of the scarecrow. Tie off the cuffs of the pants to hold in stuffing.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Pants

The pants will need to be stuffed before they are attached to the body. Before you start to stuff, hold the pants up against the scarecrow to see how long you should leave the legs, then tie string at that point. 

Step 8

Attach Pants to Scarecrow with Twine Suspenders

Attach Pants to Scarecrow with Twine Suspenders

Attach stuffed pants to the body of the scarecrow by creating suspenders with heavy twine. Use the belt loops on the pants and secure them around the frame.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Attach Pants

Attach the pants by creating suspenders, tied through the belt loops on either side (or use real suspenders). Make them secure by tying string through the back belt loop and around the frame.

Step 9

Add Boots to Body of Scarecrow

Add Boots to Body of Scarecrow

Use an old pair of boots or shoes to finish off the body of the scarecrow. Make a hole in the back of the boots in order to tie them to the pants.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Boots

Use an old pair of boots or shoes to finish off the body. If you are sure that you are not going to be using them again, make a hole in the back of the boot to allow you to tie them on to the base of the pants.

Step 10

Add Head to Scarecrow Body

Add Head to Scarecrow Body

Stuff an old pillowcase for the head of the scarecrow, and pull it down over the frame. Mold the face to create a blank canvas on which to draw a face.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add a Head to the Body

An old pillowcase stuffed with straw — pulled down over the top of the frame — makes a good base for a head as it can be molded into the right shape and creates a blank canvas on which to draw a face.

Step 11

Tie Pillowcase Head to Body of Scarecrow

Tie Pillowcase Head to Body of Scarecrow

Tie piece of string around bottom of pillowcase, wrapping it around the frame. Button the shirt up as high as necessary to hide base of pillowcase.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tie the Pillowcase Head to the Body

Once you have roughly the right shape, tie a piece of string around the base of the pillowcase, also wrapping it around the frame. Button the shirt up as high as necessary in order to hide this away.

Step 12

Give Scarecrow Personality with Sewn On Face

Give Scarecrow Personality with Sewn On Face

Add facial features to the scarecrow head, giving it a personality. Use scraps of material, pipe cleaners, buttons, or anything that can be sewn.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Give the Scarecrow Some Personality

No scarecrow is complete without straw hair, ideally sticking out from beneath an old hat. Secure across the center of the head using a needle and thread, and then flatten it down a little. You could also use wool.