Step 1

Secure Cross Frame to Hold Scarecrow Upright

Secure Cross Frame to Hold Scarecrow Upright

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.