How to build a scarecrow

How to build a scarecrow

 Picture: Erinna Giblin

Picture: Erinna Giblin

Okay, so who doesn’t love making a scarecrow? 

This is a fun activity to do with the kids at any time of year, whether it’s in the lead up to Halloween or during the Christmas school holidays. Building a scarecrow is also a great way to repurpose old clothes that you no longer use. 

Making a scarecrow is an easy DIY job, which you can get the kids involved in. Picture: Erinna Giblin

What you’ll need:

  • Old clothes
  • 4 long wooden stakes
  • Extra scrap timber to form the waistline
  • String/jute twine and cable ties
  • Straw
  • Hessian bag
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Scissors

How to build a scarecrow:

  1. First, you need to construct the frame of the body. Do this by using the 4 stakes and start by attaching the legs, then the body and the arms.
  2. Lay the clothes out so you can get the proportions of the body right before screwing the frames together.
  3. Fill the hessian sack with straw and use cable ties around the ankles of the body.
  4. Use string or jute twine to tie the top third of the sack together to form the head.
  5. Now attach the hessian sack to the frame.
  6. Dress the frame in the old clothes.
  7. Stuff the legs and arms with straw.
  8. Dress up and add character to the scarecrow with the addition of hats, sunglasses and scarfs.
  9. Insert the scarecrow into the ground so that it stands upright.

Not only should these scare the crows away, but potentially any nosey neighbours, too… 

And just like that – your scarecrow is ready to frighten away those crows! 

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