How to Build a Scarecrow for Your Fall Front Porch

Lucy Mercer
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours


Welcome Halloween guests to your front porch with a rustic scarecrow surrounded by pumpkins and pots of mums. In the true scarecrow tradition, he’s created with upcycled and repurposed materials. 

Photos by Laura Mercer

Step 1

Begin with a yardstick and a 5 gallon paint stick that will be the backbone and shoulders of the scarecrow.

Working on a table or the ground, place the yardstick vertically. Center the paint stick horizontally at the 8-inch mark. 

Step 2

Wrap floral wire around the point where the sticks meet. Pull wire tight and use scissors to cut.

Step 3

Dress the scarecrow, beginning with a shirt. Overalls are the best choice for the next layer, but pants will work if you sew the shirt to the pants.

Step 4

Stuff the body with plastic grocery bags, or burlap, or crumpled paper such as brown builder’s paper. Use handfuls of straw to finish at the sleeves and neck. 

Step 5

Settle the scarecrow body into position and add the finishing touches like straw in the pockets.

Step 6

Search through your closets for old shoes or boots for your scarecrow.

Step 7

Use a utility knife to cut a notch in the bottom of a pumpkin candy carrier or craft pumpkin. Slip on top of the yardstick “neck.” Top with a jaunty hat. 

Step 8

Prop the scarecrow on a chair, crate or bale of straw and surround with elements of your fall porch display — pumpkins, mums and a “Boo” sign.



Scarecrow Materials | The Home Depot's Garden Club

  • Yardstick
  • 5 gallon paint stick
  • Floral wire
  • Material for stuffing, such as plastic grocery bags, burlap, builder’s paper and straw
  • Clothing such as overalls, shirt, shoes or boots and a hat
  • Pumpkin candy carrier or plastic craft pumpkin

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