How to Make a Wizard of Oz Scarecrow for Halloween

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Bring a touch of The Wizard of Oz to your front porch with a Wizard of Oz-inspired scarecrow. This scarecrow can be created life-size using a turtleneck shirt, a pair of brown sweatpants, a pair of boots and a pillowcase. This is an easy-to-make scarecrow project that would be fun to complete with children, and can be accomplished from start to finish in a couple of hours.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 white kitchen trash bag
  • Broom handle
  • 4 bags cotton fiber fill
  • Light yellow pillowcase
  • White rope
  • Scissors
  • 1 large bag of straw
  • Brown, blue, red and orange permanent markers
  • Black witch hat
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Extra-large dark green turtleneck
  • 2 white gloves
  • Brown sweatpants
  • Orange, yellow and brown acrylic paint
  • Brown pointed-toe boots

Scarecrow Head

  • Stuff one kitchen trash bag halfway full with cotton fiber fill. Insert one end of a broom handle into the trash bag and twist the end of the trash bag around the handle.

  • Shape the trash bag until it looks like a round scarecrow head. Secure it to the broom handle with tape. Place the pillowcase over the trash bag.

  • Cut an 8-inch length of rope. Pull the pillowcase taught around the filled trash bag shape. Tie the pillowcase at the open end.

  • Decorate the scarecrow’s face. Draw brown triangular eyebrows onto the upper-middle section of the scarecrow’s face.

  • Draw two human eyes onto the face beneath the eyebrows with the blue permanent marker.

  • Add a triangular nose with the orange marker between the eyes that extends 2 inches towards the bottom of the face.

  • Draw a set of lips with the red marker below the nose. The lips should be a finger-width beneath the end of the nose.

  • Hot glue a black witch hat to the top of the scarecrow's head.

  • Hot glue a piece of rope around the base of the hat.

Scarecrow Body

  • Slide the turtleneck shirt onto the broom handle. Stuff the shirt with fiber fill. Make sure that the pillowcase ends cover the neck area.

  • Stuff the end of the arms of the shirt with straw.

  • Fill the white gloves with fiber fill and insert them into the end of the arms of the turtleneck. Tie them in place around the outside of the shirt with a piece of rope.

  • Paint the sweatpants. Paint an orange circle on the upper-right thigh and a yellow circle on the mid-shin. Paint a yellow circle on the upper-left thigh and a brown circle over the left knee. Let the paint dry.

  • Slide the sweatpants onto the broom handle. Make sure that the handle slides down one pants leg.

  • Stuff the pants with fiber fill.

  • Place the elastic leg band over the brown boots.

  • Add straw into the ends of the pants legs.

  • Secure the legs in place with rope.

  • Add a rope around the center waist section of the scarecrow.

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