Scarecrows have traditionally been used to keep crows and other intruders out of vegetable gardens and away from the produce. In ancient Egypt, scarecrows were fashioned out of wooden frames and netting and placed in the wheat fields along the Nile River valley to ward off quail. For centuries the scarecrow served a practical purpose, but now it is more than a tool to scare away birds.
But the scarecrow has become more than just a garden asset. It is also a staple of fun autumn décor. Whether displayed in the garden to protect seeds and plants) or adorning the front porch surrounded by pumpkins and hay bales, making a scarecrow can be a fun, simple, and budget-friendly.
To get started, gather these supplies:
Step by Step Instructions
Finally, give the scarecrow a face for the finished look. Be creative! Try gluing on cute buttons for eyes or use triangle and square shapes for noses.
The best decorative scarecrows are usually whimsical! If painting or drawing a face, be sure to use permanent markers or paint pens.
If the scarecrow is simply decorative, it can sit in a porch chair surrounded by pumpkins or lean against the siding of the house.
To post it in the yard or garden, make a cross-shaped post out of two boards that are nailed together perpendicularly. Dig a hole 6 inches into the ground and place the post in the hole. Attach the scarecrow to the post using nails or twine.
For most of us, no fall or Halloween décor is complete without a scarecrow.
Try using these steps for a simple, fun, and cheap fall activity that adds a touch of whimsy to any front porch in the autumn!