How to Make a Wizard of Oz Scarecrow for Halloween

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

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

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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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