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
- Ballpoint pen
- Permanent Markers
- Craft glue
- Super glue or hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- Straw or polyester fiberfill
- Rubber bands
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.
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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