Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Scarecrow Tutorial

I’ve had a few people email me asking me how I made my pumpkin scarecrows.  So here goes. . . .



Materials Needed:

light-up pumpkin in a size that  correlates with the size scarecrow you want to make.

clothes – I bought mine at Goodwill for around $4.00.  

2 or 3  1x2’s for the frame (depending on the size scarecrow).

4”x4” piece of wood to attach head 

exterior wood glue


staple gun


I assembled the clothes together and laid them on the floor with the arms outstretched.  Measure across the arms to determine how wide to cut one 1x2 (I didn’t go the whole width of the arms, I cut mine a little shorter).  Next measure down from the shoulders to the hip area to get the length for another piece of 1x2 (add an additional 1 1/2” to length).  Measure across the hips and cut another piece.  Finally, measure the length of the legs and cut 2 pieces 2-3” longer than measurement.

To assemble, lay the arm piece on top of the body piece and attach with exterior wood glue and screws.  Next, attach the 4”x4” head plate (see diagram below).  Finally, attach the hip piece and then the leg pieces.



Set the pumpkin on the head plate and attach with wood glue and screws from underneath.

Add the clothes to the frame using a staple gun to attach. 

Decorate as desire with raffia, hats, etc.

To display, I wire mine to different objects to hold in place (i.e. picket fence, chair, metal fence post pounded into ground, etc.)


I’ve got a couple of projects in the works that I hope to share with you soon.  I’m working on a “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” project and painting my Rec room.  Hopefully. I’ll have pictures to share early next week.

I completed this Stacy Nash Primitives cross stitch picture.  (Sorry!  Not a very good picture!))


And I’m working on this Jenny Hoffman sampler now.  I should have it done in a couple of days.



I hope to see you back here on Friday with recipes for No Fuss Pork Chops and English Apple Pie!

Until Next Time. . . .Kris


  1. Oh Kris you are just beyond talented!....everything you do is wonderful!


  2. Those scarecrows look easier than mine. I get The Wild One to stuff ours with straw which takes quite a long time and then tie it to a chair to hold it in place. Of course, it's really easy for me.....I just get her to do it!

  3. Hi Kris...thanks for those directions. I have all of my clothes ready and was just going to make a burlap head for my scarecrow. Now I know how to put him together!
    Love your stitches too. sounds like you are still feeling better. That's good!

  4. Oh my goodness I love that scarecrow!!! I wanted to show someone from another blog your scarecrow but couldn't remember which blog I saw it on. You are amazingly talented! Your sampler and cross stitch are fantastic too! The English Apple Pie sounds terrific! Yum! Glad you're feeling better :) Hugs, Loretta

  5. Your scarecrows are so cute. I may just have to try one. Great job on the samplers. I just love to make those. I hope you are feeling better. Take care of yourself!!

  6. I always love to see what you're working on, Kris. Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful, easy-to-follow tutorial. It's a keeper!

    I hope you're feeling better this week and I'm looking forward to your recipes on Friday. I would so love to sit down and visit in your kitchen.

    Can't wait to see your "in-the-works" painting and projects too...

    -- Take care --

  7. Thanks for the tutorial Kris!..And I love your x-stitching...You aged the 1st one perfectly and I love Jenny's patterns...I especially like the one you're working on..It is on my to get list...I hope you're feeling better~~hugs,Jen

  8. Thanks Kris for the tutorial. I love your scarecrows! Your stitching is so prim and I love them too! I beleive I will have to get back into stitching again. Your inspiring me, it was always a nice way to relax.
    Hope your feeling better.

    Have a restfull day!

  9. How are you feeling, Kris? I hope alot better and all is okay.

    Oh, those scarecrows are so darn cute! And the stitcheries are perfect. I need to get going on all the things I want to do.

    Looking forward to your English apple pie. My great grandparents were English and I remember them well.


  10. Kris, I enjoy your blog so much! Thanks for the tutorial for the scarecrow too, they are just adorable!

  11. Kris ~
    Thanks for another great tutorial. I really love your blog, such great ideas.

  12. I love the pumpkin scare crows!!!!!


  13. Great tutorial . I will make one for me. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kris...I was totally going to steal your scarecrow design, but since you did this tutorial I don't feel so guilty now! :) I just LOVE them! Wonder where I can get the pumkins though...You sound as busy as I am!

  15. Hi Kris,

    Glad you are feeling better.
    Thank you for another great tutorial. I will definitely be making up these guys when I can find the time. ;-)

    Love the x-stitch. You did a great job on it!
    Looking forward to seeing your, now-you-see-it- now-you don't project! Have a great day!

    Prim Blessings,

  16. Thanks for the instructions Kris! I will have to try it. The way I was doing it was way too much work!
    I'm glad you're feeling better. That had to be so scary for you.
    The X-stitches are great!
    Take care!

  17. i am having a blast on your blog! reading lots of your old posts... I LOVE this idea .... I made a scarecrow this last fall with a burlap head... but this idea is so much better and I HAVE these light up pumpkins in the basement! I should prim one up (coffee stain one) and replace my scarecrows head this way!! ( Im way cheap...I made the frame of mine with large sticks I found on our acreage! haha)


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