~A Craft From the Past~
One of our good friends and neighbors was putting up a scarecrow as one of her Halloween decorations. A DIY Scarecrow is always something we always did as kids too, but I hadn’t gotten around to putting one up for Wundergirl, yet. Well when she heard that J was going to have a scarecrow, of course she wanted to make one too!
How to make an inexpensive DIY Scarecrow:
We didn’t have any old ‘scarecrow’ clothes to stuff so I went to the thrift store on post and found a pair of Oshkosh overall’s for $3 and an orange plaid shirt for $1.75. We also had to come up with a head so I thought instead of buying something, let’s make one!
We did paper mache over a balloon to make the shape. This is so fun and easy and all you need is a few household items:
Strips of newspaper
To make the paste for paper mache you should use 1 part flour to 2 parts water. You want your mixture to be the consistency of glue but not so thick that it is like paste. Once we had our bowl of ‘glue’ I let Wundergirl go to town! She had so much fun dipping the strips in the glue and picking the perfect places to lay it out on the balloon!
Once the paper mache was dry we decided it would be very ‘Halloween’ to paint it like a Jack-o-lantern. If your children are older, you may choose to use a Halloween mask to cover the head but with the little one’s I’m not a fan of making it scary. I bought orange and black washable paint at the craft store for about $2 each.
Next was one of Wundergirl’s favorite parts; gathering leaves to stuff the scarecrow. We went into the ‘forest’ (I use quotations here because that’s what Wundergirl calls the wooded area by our house) and filled up plastic grocery bags with leaves to use as the scarecrow’s stuffing.
Once we had our scarecrow stuffed we sat him on the front porch and topped off his outfit with a dollar store cowboy hat!