Building A Scarecrow


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A short guide on building a scarecrow.

Get ready to unleash your creativity and protect your garden with a DIY scarecrow! Here’s why you should give it a go and how to get started:

  •  Keep Pesky Critters at Bay: Scarecrows are a classic and effective method to deter birds, rabbits, and other garden intruders from feasting on your precious plants. By creating a visual deterrent, you can safeguard your hard work and enjoy a bountiful harvest.
  • A Fun DIY Project: Building a scarecrow is a fantastic way to engage the whole family and unleash your artistic side. Gather materials, get crafty, and enjoy quality time while creating a unique guardian for your garden.
  •  Customization Galore: The beauty of scarecrows lies in their versatility. You can give them any look you desire! Dress up your scarecrow with old clothes, colourful fabrics, or even create a character that reflects your garden’s personality. The possibilities are endless.


Ready to get started? Here’s a simple guide to building your scarecrow:

Gather Your Materials:

  • An old shirt and pants or overalls
  • Some straw, hay, or shredded paper for stuffing
  • A pair of gloves and boots
  • A hat or cap
  • String, twine, or zip ties
  • Scissors
  • Old pillowcase
  • Optional: old accessories like sunglasses, hats, or scarves for added flair


Assemble Your Scarecrow:

  1. Choose a sturdy stake or pole to serve as the scarecrow’s backbone. Plant it securely in the ground at the desired location.
  2. Stuff the shirt and pants with straw, hay, or shredded paper to give your scarecrow a full and lifelike appearance. Be sure to leave enough room to attach the head and secure the clothing.
  3. Attach the stuffed clothing to the stake or pole using string, twine, or zip ties. Make sure the scarecrow is stable and won’t topple over in the wind.
  4. Stuff an old pillowcase half full and attach to the top of the pole to act as a head. 
  5. Add the gloves and boots to the scarecrow’s “hands” and “feet” for a finishing touch. These can be secured with string or zip ties as well.
  6. Place a hat or cap on top of the scarecrow’s head to complete the look. You can also add any accessories or embellishments you desire.


Find the perfect spot in your garden for your scarecrow to work its magic. As it stands tall, it will guard your plants and add a delightful touch of charm to your garden oasis. Don’t forget to name your scarecrow and share its personality with the world! Let your creativity shine and have fun with this time-honoured garden tradition. 

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