How to build a simple scarecrow

    Posted by  ·  October 30, 2012

    Supplies for a scarecrow

    1 – 2″ x 3″ x 8′ board  (cut off 16 inches)
    All purpose burlap (3′ x 8′)
    1 – 1/2″ x 36″ oak dowel rod
    drill with 1/2″ drill bit
    knife for carving pumpkin

    We found everything, even the pumpkin at Lowe’s! ( I already had raffia at home)

    Cut an 8′ piece of burlap and fold in half. Sew along each side, allowing about 8 inches open at the top fold on each side.

    Measure pumpkin height and subtract 2 inches. Ours was 12 inches so we measured down 10 inches on our board and drilled a hole for the dowel rod to slip through.

    Place burlap over the frame, make a slit in the center of the fold for the board to slip through. Tie raffia on each end of dowel and around the ‘waist’ of the scarecrow.

    Cut a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin to remove the insides and carve away!

    We even drilled a hold in the board for a battery operated tea light to fit. Place pumpkin on board.

    A fabulous scarecrow at day or night!

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    1. Kristin Orth
      Monday, November 5th, 2012
    2. Steph Coupons
      Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
      when I was looking through my old blog posts!
    3. Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      My enlightened moments ...that scarecrow looks better in the burlap than I do in my best outfit. LOL
    4. Julie
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      my enlightened moment:) that I can make this scarecrow though I am not super crafty
    5. Laura Jacobson
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012 enlightened moments....I need some creativity to make stuff like this adorable scarecrow! I think you may just have enlightened my creative side!!! I have always wanted to do crafts and stuff, but always so afraid to start! I think I could handle this scarecrow!!!! Cute!
    6. Krystal M.
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      Super cute!!
    7. Carol Anderson
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      Cute I love it.
    8. Marilyn
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      What a great scarecrow! I love that kids can help make it too. Thanks for the chance to win!
    9. Hillary B
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      Cute scarecrow. I will have to remember that for next year. Waht a fun easy idea.
    10. Fawn
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      Cool! Wish I would seen this about a week ago though, but one I will keep for next year, Thanks!
    11. Celine
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      What an adorable idea.
    12. Becky N.
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      Thanks for the giveaway. Love the face on your pumpkin - very unique!
    13. Cindy B
      Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      This is an awesome project. I'd love to do this at the bottom of our driveway. You've really enlightened my by the use of the tealight!
    14. Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
      Love this! thanks for the simple tutorial! Will be doing this next year and maybe this year for Thanksgiving in our small garden!
    15. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I love the expression on the pumpkin :)
    16. Michelle Cuevas
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      My enlightened moment was when I found Skip to My Lou!!
    17. Sunnie
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I like your scarecrow, cute face! Thanks for the giveaway.
    18. DS
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Love that the pumpkin head is smiley, not scary!
    19. Susie P
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      How fun, thanks for sharing!
    20. Sondra
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I would have never thought of anything like this but it's soo cute.
    21. Sallie Fitz
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Anything involving decorating for the holidays with my new house is enlightening to me!!
    22. Julianne Johnson
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I use tea lights for my fake pumpkin. This scarecrow is a great idea!
    23. patricia
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      when I put my wreath on my front door
    24. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      LOVE this! Especially the tealight!
    25. Cindy Myers
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      awesome scarecrow
    26. molly
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      i love this idea simple and easy.
    27. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I love getting burlap at Lowe's. SO much cheaper than places that sell fabric.
    28. Lourdes G
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Cute scarecrow. I was wondering if you could stuff it?
    29. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      We always carve our pumpkins from the bottom--even the ones on our porch. It makes lighting the candle so much easier! Just lift the pumpkin up.
    30. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Cute! Carving from the bottom = genius!
    31. Kelly W.
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Cute scarecrow! Thanks for the giveaway!
    32. Dorothea
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Love that face!
    33. Mary Happymommy
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Share my enlightened moment? I feel enlightened when I get the Christmas tree lights to work! LOL.
    34. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      my kids have been begging to make one... thanks for the ideas :)
    35. Janet R
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      You always share such CLEVER ideas! Thanks! Your blog is always one I'm excited to read!!
    36. Jess M
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I thought that was a fake (foam) pumpkin!! I love the idea of starting from the bottom :)
    37. Summer B
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      The tea light is genius.
    38. Teresa Vanselow
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Your scarecrow has such a pretty smile.
    39. Shelly
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      A jack-o-lantern into a scarecrow? Genius!
    40. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I love turning unexpected things tinto lampts
    41. Tara
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Lowes does have great ideas! Thanks for sharing yours!
    42. Lee
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      That is a fabulous and easy way to make a Scarecrow and the head will not fall off so easily.
    43. Elizabeth Hosto
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      That is the cutest scarecrow, my boys would love making one.
    44. Eliza
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Cute pumpkin face, love the eyebrows.
    45. Ashley R.
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      I never would have thought to drill a hole in the board like that!
    46. Christy
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Wow, upside down carving. This is a great idea!
    47. Suzanne
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      Carving a hole for the tea light is ingenious.