Make a Scarecrow

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Make a scarecrow – for children of all ages. Decorating your garden with a scarecrow adds a bit of your own personality and flair to a space. I got online and begin to search for images to get ideas on how we could make him. I recommend not googling images of scarecrows with kids; there are some scary scarecrow images out there. Our scarecrow won’t be scaring the crows or rabbits away but I love how cute he looks. He adds a bit of ambiance and fun to our garden. Here are a few books you can read with your kids about scarecrows: Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant, Scarecrow Pete by Marc Kimball Moulton, The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston, The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen,  Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long.

  • Supplies:
    • Old wood – 2 pieces measuring approximately 4ft by 5ft (old fence pieces work great and are often free) and screws
    • Burlap sack, fabric, or pillowcase
    • Pumpkin, old ball or something to stuff the fabric with to make a head
    •  Old button-down shirt and pants
    •  Straw, rags, leaves, pine needles or other stuffing materials (a trash bag to hold the materials is optional)
    •  Safety pins
    • Twine or other string
    • Buttons and embroidery thread (or markers or paint) to make your face
    • Glue sticks and glue gun
    • Hats, shoes, gloves, bandannas, pitchfork or rake and other accessories
  • Go shopping for an outfit. We found a pair of jean overalls for $1.00 on one of our treasure-hunting (yard-saleing) escapades. I bought the flannel plaid shirt at the thrift-store and a cowboy hat at the Dollar Store.
  • Build a cross out of wood by screwing two pieces of wood together measuring approximately 4ft by 5ft (we cut the size to fit the shirt and pants and allowing a little room at the bottom to stake the scarecrow into the ground).
  • Dress the cross in the shirt and overalls. We ended up putting the bottom part of the cross into one of the legs, but you can also cut a hole in the crotch and have it come through the middle.

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  • Stuff the clothes with an old hay-bale. We stuffed and we stuffed and we stuffed until he was as full as we wanted him. You can stuff with pine needles or other soft substance placed inside a trash bag as well. You can also tie the ends of the wrists and ankles with twine so the stuffing doesn’t come out.

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  • Make a head out of a pumpkin or burlap and an old ball.
  • Make a face. I used a hot glue gun to attach buttons for his eyes and glued on embroidery thread for his smile. But you could even draw it on with a marker.
  • Secure his head to the wooden cross. You can cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and push it through the top of the cross. If you are using a ball and fabric you can use a staple gun.
  • Secure his hat to his head using hot glue or safety pins.
  • Put extra straw coming out of his hands and feet.
  • Add any accessories such as a bandanna or pitchfork.
  • Give him/her a name.
  • Take a picture or draw a picture of your scarecrow and add it to your garden journal.

Did you ever see a scarecrow
Standing, ragged and forlorn,
Guarding crops that soon are coming
Through the earth, as though just born?
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Scarecrow” (1940s)

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And there you have it. Meet our scarecrow, Mr. McGregor.

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