Do you want to know how to make an easy DIY Scarecrow? I love fall and when decorating I love to make items that can be left up all the fall season. I’m sharing step by step guide to making your own Garden Scarecrow out of a fence post. This is a fun project for the whole family. This is a creative way to make homemade scarecrows that hat can be used as a Halloween decoration, front door or front porch decor, or part of a pumpkin patch. You can make an adorable scarecrow, a dancing scarecrow, a funny scarecrow, or a scarecrow with a scary mask for Halloween night. You can even make a life-sized scarecrow.
I had a left over 4×4 piece of fence post from a snowman family project I did last year. You can use any scrap wood you have available, such as a fence picket.
You can also purchase wood from a hardware store or craft store. I already had all the materials for this project on hand.
The first thing I did was lightly sand the wood, then wiped it clean to remove all of the dust.
I placed painters tape onto the wood to create a section of wood.
This way when I painted the wood I would get a nice clean line and no overlap.
I painted the bottom of the scarecrow with Nautical Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint. This would be his pant legs.
I painted 3 sides (you could paint all 4 if you like).
I then added painters tape to the other end of the post.
I painted the top section with Mustard Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint.
I waited for the blue section to dry.
I then added painters tape and used Imperial Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint for the shirt section.
For the last section, I taped it off and used Sheepskin Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint.
While the paint on the post was drying, I sawed a gallon paint stick to be the hat brim. Then I painted it with Mustard paint.
Once all of the paint was dry, it was time to add finishing touches and embellishments to the post.
I painted on Mod Podge and then added some raffia for hair. You could also use twine for the hair. A hot glue gun would work for this as well.
I hot glued on the paint stir stick for the brim once the Mod Podge had dried.
I hot glued on 2 buttons for eyes, and drew on a nose and mouth with permanent markers for the facial features. Here is where you can have fun with it by making a cute face or a scary scarecrow.
I cut a handkerchief and hot glued it onto the fence post around the neck of the scarecrow.
I used some dollar store rope to create a belt and I hot glued on 2 small buttons for his shirt.
I made some accents onto his hat with a permanent marker.
He is all ready to be put on display!
If you want to put him outside, add a coat of Folk Art Home Decor Varnish or Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge.
Other DIY scarecrow ideas of items you can use include:
- old clothes
- straw hat
- safety pins
- rubber band
- burlap sack
- pvc pipe
- milk jug
- plastic grocery bag, grass clippings, bubble wrap (great for stuffing)
- flannel shirt
- baseball caps or old hat
- old shirt
- popsicle stick
- floral wire
- wood chips
- old pair of jeans
- scarecrow mask
- fake flowers
- flower pot
- work boots
- shirt sleeves
- old rags
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