Invent unique scarecrow designs to enhance your garden and repel unwanted animals


Scaring birds away from your garden is a common problem for many gardeners. One fun and effective way to solve this issue is by making a scarecrow. Scarecrows are not only functional, but they also add a whimsical touch to your garden. They can be made with simple materials that you might already have lying around your home. In this article, we will show you how to make a scarecrow using items such as wooden stakes, burlap, pillowcases, and old newspaper.

First, gather all the materials you will need for your scarecrow. These include a wooden stake for the frame, burlap or old pillowcases for the body, and newspaper or old magazine pages for stuffing. You will also need some string or twine to secure the materials together and a hammer and nails or screws for attaching the wooden stake to the ground.

Next, prepare the frame for your scarecrow by placing the wooden stake in the ground where you want your scarecrow to be. Make sure it is secure and stable. If you are concerned about it being top-heavy, you can attach a crossbar near the top of the stake to help distribute the weight.

Once the frame is in place, it’s time to start building the body of your scarecrow. Start by stuffing the burlap or pillowcase with newspaper or old magazine pages. Stuff it evenly to create a full and plump body. You can also add some straw or cornstalk to give your scarecrow a farm-like appearance.

After the body is stuffed, give your scarecrow a head. You can use a burlap sack or an old pillowcase to create the head. Fill it with newspaper or crumpled paper to give it shape. Use string or twine to secure the head to the top of the stake. If you want to add some accessories, you can use a wig or a hat to give your scarecrow some personality.

Finally, place your scarecrow in your garden. Make sure it is positioned where it can be seen by birds and other critters. The scarecrow can also be used to accessorize your porch or garden. You can hang flower pots from the wooden stake or place a bird feeder above the scarecrow for a sweet touch. Don’t forget to take a picture or video of your scarecrow in action during a rainstorm or windy day to see how effective it is at scaring away the birds!

15 Ideas for Making Scarecrows

When it comes to making scarecrows, the options are endless! Here are 15 ideas to inspire your creativity:

  1. Traditional Scarecrow: Stick to the classic look with a scarecrow made of straw and old clothes. Fit a pumpkin or a creative head onto the scarecrow’s neck and set it in your garden or allotments.

  2. Whimsical Scarecrow: Let your imagination run wild by creating a scarecrow with a whimsical theme. Dress it up in colorful clothes and accessorize with fun items like shiny shoes or a book.

  3. Halloween Scarecrow: Add a spooky touch to your scarecrow by using Halloween-themed materials. Incorporate elements like a jack-o-lantern head, werewolf mask, or eerie clothes to give it a haunted look.

  4. Paper Scarecrow: If you prefer a more eco-friendly approach, consider making a scarecrow using paper materials. Use sturdy paper or cardboard to create the frame and dress it up with colorful paper cutouts.

  5. Bale Scarecrow: Instead of creating a frame, you can simply sit a scarecrow on a bale of straw. This gives it a rustic and natural look that blends well with your garden or porch.

  6. Leaf-Raking Scarecrow: Turn your scarecrow into a practical helper by attaching a rake or other garden tools to its hands. This not only adds a touch of realism but also showcases its purpose in scaring away birds and animals.

  7. Country Scarecrow: Embrace the rural vibes by dressing your scarecrow in country-inspired clothes. Use overalls, a straw hat, and boots for an authentic farm look.

  8. Shiny Scarecrow: Add a touch of glamour to your scarecrow by using shiny or metallic materials. Attach shiny pins or burlap with sequins to make it stand out and dazzle in the sunlight.

  9. DIY Scarecrow: Get creative and make your scarecrow from scratch. Gather materials like wood, fabric, and straw, and assemble them according to your own design. This allows you to create a unique scarecrow that reflects your own style.

  10. Life-Like Scarecrow: If you want your scarecrow to look more realistic, consider using washable plastic or rubber masks for the face. Add more details to the scarecrow’s body, such as hands and legs, to make it resemble a person even more.

  11. Scarecrow Feeder: Combine scarecrow and bird feeder by attaching a bird feeder to your scarecrow’s arms. It not only serves as a decorative item but also provides food for birds in your garden.

  12. Scarecrow in Motion: Make your scarecrow come alive by giving it a dynamic pose. Attach stakes or wires to allow the scarecrow’s arms and clothes to move with the wind, scaring away birds and other critters.

  13. Scarecrow with a Twist: Put a unique spin on your scarecrow by incorporating unconventional materials or themes. Mix and match different styles, such as steampunk, gothic, or superhero, to create an eye-catching scarecrow that stands out.

  14. Scarecrow Family: Make your scarecrow display even more charming by creating a whole scarecrow family. Position scarecrows of different sizes and styles together, creating a delightful scene in your garden or front yard.

  15. Scarecrow on the Street: Set up a scarecrow display on the street or in a public space to spread the Halloween spirit to others. Make sure to follow any local regulations or guidelines when placing scarecrows outside your property.

No matter what materials or ideas you choose, making a scarecrow is a fun and creative way to add some character to your garden or yard. So get started and let your imagination soar!

Burlap Scarecrow Face

When it comes to scarecrow decoration ideas, a burlap scarecrow face is a simple and creative project that can inspire both kids and adults. With just a few materials and some basic steps, you can easily make a scarecrow’s face that will bring a touch of fall to your garden.

To begin, gather the following materials:

Wooden frame
Black marker
Washable flower
Garden gloves

First, draw a scarecrow’s face on the burlap using a black marker. You can get creative with the facial features, such as eyebrows, eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Feel free to make the scarecrow’s face look scary or funny, depending on your preference.

Next, wash the floral pattern on the washable flower and place it in the center of the scarecrow’s face. This will give the scarecrow’s face a festive and colorful look.

Once the scarecrow’s face is dry, attach it to a wooden frame using nails or staples. Make sure the frame is sturdy enough to support the weight of the scarecrow’s head.

Position the scarecrow’s head above the wooden frame and secure it in place using a belt or some rope. This will give the scarecrow’s head stability and prevent it from falling off when placed in the garden.

When it comes to the scarecrow’s clothing, you can be as creative as you like. You might want to dress the scarecrow in old clothes or even a Halloween costume like a werewolf or a jack-o-lantern. The choice is up to you!

Once you have the scarecrow’s face and clothing ready, you can place it in your garden. Make sure to position the scarecrow’s legs, boots, and shoulders in a way that appeals to the overall look of the scarecrow. You can use a wooden planter or frame as a framework for your scarecrow.

Thanks to the simple and step-by-step instructions provided above, anyone can make a burlap scarecrow face with ease. No matter if you are new to gardening or have been taking care of plants for a long time, this scarecrow decoration will add a fun and festive touch to your garden.

Werewolf Scarecrow

If you’re looking to create a scarecrow with a Halloween twist, why not try making a werewolf scarecrow? This unique scarecrow design will add a spooky touch to your garden or front porch, and it’s a fun project for both kids and adults. In this guide, I’ll show you how to make a werewolf scarecrow step by step, so read on to learn more!

What You’ll Need:

  • A wooden framework to serve as the base for your scarecrow
  • Burlap or cloth to create the body and clothing
  • Netting or mesh to cover the scarecrow’s head
  • Old clothes and shoes to dress your scarecrow
  • Something to stuff the scarecrow with, such as straw or newspaper
  • Scissors and a sewing needle
  • Carved pumpkin or fake wolf head for the scarecrow
  • Markers, paint, or fabric to create the scarecrow’s face
  • A wig or fake fur to add hair to the scarecrow
  • Optional: accessories like a wizard staff or shiny fake flowers to add character

Step 1: Prepare the Framework

Start by attaching the burlap or cloth to the framework to create the werewolf’s body. You can shape the burlap or cloth to resemble a howling werewolf, or get creative and make different shapes for different scarecrows. Make sure to leave the bottom open so you can stuff it later.

Step 2: Stuff the Scarecrow

Next, stuff the scarecrow with straw or newspaper to give it a more solid shape. Pack the stuffing evenly to create a balanced scarecrow that can sit or stand on its own.

Step 3: Make the Scarecrow’s Head

If you have a carved pumpkin or fake wolf head, you can attach it to the scarecrow’s shoulders. Use metal or wooden stakes to secure the head in place. Alternatively, you can create a head by drawing a scary face on a pillowcase or burlap and stuffing it.

Step 4: Dress the Scarecrow

Now it’s time to dress your werewolf scarecrow. Use old clothes and shoes to dress it up. Get creative with torn or mismatched clothing to create a creepy effect. You can also add accessories like a wizard staff or shiny fake flowers to make the scarecrow more interesting.

Step 5: Add the Finishing Touches

To bring your werewolf scarecrow to life, add the finishing touches. Attach a wig or fake fur to give it hair, draw or paint the scarecrow’s face using markers or fabric, and add any other details you like. You can even place a carved pumpkin or fake flower in its hands or hang it around its neck.

Congratulations, you’ve created your very own werewolf scarecrow! Now you can display it in your garden or on your porch to scare away birds and inspire Halloween spirit in your neighborhood. Don’t forget to take a photo and share your scarecrow-making adventure with friends and family!

For a step-by-step visual guide on creating a werewolf scarecrow, check out this video by Kathy Beaulieu from “The Bike Stop” YouTube channel:

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Now that you know how to make a werewolf scarecrow, you can get creative and make more scarecrows with different themes. Whether it’s a spooky vampire or a friendly scarecrow, let your imagination run wild!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.