Make a Scarecrow


A home-made scarecrow will look really good in your garden and it might even keep the birds away but it is still fun to make one.

Here is a list of what you will need:

1 - stake about 2m long (6ft)

1 - stake about 1m long (3ft)

1 -stake about 30cm long (12 inches)

Old Clothes (shirt or jumper, trousers, hat)

An old pair of tights

Some straw or hay



How to make your scarecrow:

First of all tie the 1m stake to the 2m stake, about 15cm from one end, in a cross shape and then tie the other stake in the same way about half way down.


This is the frame for your scarecrow.


You are now ready to make a head. Cut one leg from the tights and fill with some straw. Push the straw firmly to the end and make it into a ball shape. Tie a piece of string around the tights to stop the straw falling out.

Now tie the ball shape to the top of the frame.


You can now dress your scarecrow by placing the shirt on the top crossbar and the trousers on the smaller bar.


Push straw or hay inside the clothes to fill them out and place the hat on his head. If you want you can push some straw under the hat and leave it dangling out to look like hair.


Your scarecrow is now ready for putting in the garden to scare away the birds.



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Last updated 9 March, 2002
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