Having a good scarecrow has been a necessity for farmers and gardeners for as long as anyone can remember. You can build a simple scarecrow of your own design using two six-foot wooden garden stakes, some old clothes and shoes, a little imagination and a hammer.
You’ll need two pieces of wood roughly the same size and shape to build a frame shaped like a cross. Insert the horizontal piece through both of the shirt sleeves and make sure it’s centered evenly through the garment.
Build Cross Frame
You’ll need two pieces of wood roughly the same size and shape to build a frame
shaped like a cross. Insert the horizontal piece through both of the shirt sleeves
and make sure it’s centered evenly through the garment.
Nail the Frame Together
Lay the horizontal piece of wood over the vertical one that you’ll be driving
into the ground. Make sure that both pieces of wood meet at a 90-degree angle.
Drive two nails into the wood and through the shirt, joining the frame members
Hammer Frame Into the Ground
Carefully hammer your scarecrow’s frame into the ground. Make sure the body
faces the direction you want. Use a hammer to drive the vertical stake firmly
into the ground.
Tie Off Waistline
Using a small length of twine, tie off the end of the shirt at the waistline. Leave
the top three or four buttons undone because you’ll need access for stuffing.
Tie Off Sleeves Arms
Tie both of the sleeves shut using pieces of garden twine. If you’d like to add
gloves to your scarecrow now is a good time to do that as well.
Using handfuls of straw or dried grass, begin to stuff the chest cavity of your
scarecrow. Make sure that you’ve stuffed it enough to give it a good solid shape.
You’ll need to stuff the pants before attaching them. Tie off both pant legs and
firmly stuff the pants with whatever material you’ve chosen.
To attach the pants, use twine to create a pair of suspenders for your scarecrow.
We used the belt loops to secure the twine and brought it over the shoulders and secured the suspenders to the rear of the scarecrow.
You’ll want to stuff the legs into a pair of shoes or boots. If they’re old
boots you won’t be reusing, drill a drainage hole in the bottom so they won’t fill
with water when it rains.
Add the Head
Use an old pillowcase to form the head of the scarecrow. Stuff it with filling and
then pull it down over the top of the frame. Tie the neck to the vertical stake and
begin forming the shape of the head.
Finish With Details
Add a face, some hair or even a hat to make your scarecrow look menacing
enough to ward off any potential garden invaders.