How to build a scarecrow
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
- Hessian bag
How to build a scarecrow:
- 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.
- Lay the clothes out so you can get the proportions of the body right before screwing the frames together.
- Fill the hessian sack with straw and use cable ties around the ankles of the body.
- Use string or jute twine to tie the top third of the sack together to form the head.
- Now attach the hessian sack to the frame.
- Dress the frame in the old clothes.
- Stuff the legs and arms with straw.
- Dress up and add character to the scarecrow with the addition of hats, sunglasses and scarfs.
- 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!