How to Make a Wizard of Oz Scarecrow for Halloween

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.

A homemade scarecrow is a fun family project. (Image: fogaas/iStock/Getty Images)

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Scarecrow Body

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Stuff the pants with fiber fill.

Step 7

Place the elastic leg band over the brown boots.

Step 8

Add straw into the ends of the pants legs.

Step 9

Secure the legs in place with rope.

Step 10

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

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