How to Make a Scarecrow Face


Scarecrows have moved beyond the corn fields and are standard fall decorations for many homes. Starting with either a pumpkin head or a fabric head, make your scarecrow face warm and welcoming for kid-friendly gatherings or create a devilishly frightening scarecrow face for a Halloween celebration.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin
  • Dishcloth
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Permanent Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Craft glue
  • Super glue or hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hat
  • Burlap
  • Straw or polyester fiberfill
  • Rubber bands
  • Buttons
  • Twine

Pumpkin Head

  • Choose a pumpkin with a semi-flat surface. Do not worry about the appearance of the top and back of the pumpkin, as they will be covered.

  • Clean the pumpkin with a wet cloth and dry it thoroughly.

  • Use a ballpoint pen to sketch the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth on the flat surface of the pumpkin.

  • Color in the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth with colored permanent markers. Outline each in black marker.

  • Cut strands of yarn and glue them to the inside rim of a hat as hair. Glue the hat to the top of the pumpkin with super glue or with a hot-glue gun.

Fabric Head

  • Cut a square of burlap larger than needed and lay it flat on a work surface.

  • Pile straw or fiberfill in the middle of the burlap and pull the edges of the burlap together to cover the stuffing material. Use a rubber band to hold the edges closed, this will ultimately be the neck of your scarecrow. Decide where the eyes belong and mark those spots with a pen. Draw the mouth lightly onto the burlap with the pen. Remove the rubberband and stuffing from the burlap.

  • Sew the buttons onto the burlap for the eyes. Use the ink marks as your guide so they're positioned correctly.

  • Grasp the burlap where you want the nose to be and pull it into a small bunch. Fill that bunch with stuffing and wrap a rubberband tightly around it. Make two black nostril marks at the bottom of the nose.

  • Draw the mouth onto the burlap with red permanent marker.

  • Stuff the burlap with straw or fiberfill and shape it so the face is properly formed. Secure the stuffing in place by wrapping a rubberband tightly around the burlap and cover the rubber band with twine for the scarecrow neck.

  • Pin the burlap to the body of your scarecrow with safety pins. Use several safety pins so the head is secured.

  • Glue strands of yarn to the inside rim of a hat for hair. Place the hat on top of the scarecrow head and hot glue the hat to the burlap.

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