How to Make a Scarecrow

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How to Make a Scarecrow

Are birds and other unwanted visitors getting into your crops? There’s an old-age solution to this problem: make a scarecrow! It’s not as hard as you think, and all you need are the right materials. Here’s how to make a scarecrow.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sturdy stake material
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Duct tape
  • Twine
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Pants
  • Scarecrow accessories
  • Plastic bag or burlap bag
  • Dry leaves or straw
  • Gloves


  1. Begin with a sturdy cross for the scarecrow. You’ll need a stake that’s sturdy and durable enough. Use plastic PVC pipes, long fence posts, bamboo, or a large, long piece of wood. Once you’ve decided which material to use, cut them into two. The longer piece must be at least nine feet long, while the shorter one must be at least four to five feet long.
  2. Put the two pieces together on the ground, similar to a Christian cross. Secure them either with nails (for wooden material) or duct tape.
  3. Prepare the scarecrow’s head. If you want it to be old-fashioned, get an old burlap sack and stuff it with straw or dried leaves, until it’s the size of a soccer ball. Secure with a piece of string. If you don’t have burlap sacks, you can just use a regular plastic bag.
  4. Use scrap materials to create the face. Old buttons can be used for eyes, while cut-out felt paper will be good for the nose and mouth. You can either sew these on, or use fabric glue to hold them in place. You can also use felt-tip pents to draw on the face. Once you’ve finished the head and face, fix it to the top of the stake, securing the loose end around the stake with twine or staple gun.
  5. Get an old long sleeved shirt. A button-down one is all right, but if you don’t have one, just use a regular jacket. If you want something that’s old-fashioned, get a plaid-patterned shirt from a thrift store. Thread the support “arms” through the shirt, then the stake through the neck hole, and button up the shirt. Secure the ends of the arms and the bottom of the shirt with twine. Afterwards, stuff the inside loosely with straw or dried leaves. For a bonus effect, secure an old pair of gloves to the wrists.
  6. Attach the pants to the stake. Use an old pair of jeans or overalls. You can’t thread them like the shirt, so just attach them using a nails or a staple gun. Stuff the pants, making sure the waist meets with the shirt’s bottom. Close the ankles and waist with twine, then attach old boots or shoes for effect.
  7. Dig a hole that’s deep enough to support the stake, so your scarecrow will stand up.

Some Tips:

  • Be creative with your scarecrow! Dress him up in tuxedos or put other decorations on him.
  • Make the scarecrow “wind-activated” With each light breeze, your scarecrow will slightly move, making it more realistic for animals. Every days, attach a new object to its arm, such as old scarves, wind chimes or a helium balloon.
  • When the sunny season ends, take down your scarecrow, and store him away. You can use him again.

Scarecrows may be frightful for unwanted animals, but for you, it can be a fun project. Remember these tips if you ever feel like making a “scary” scarecrow for your crops.



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