How to Make Mini Scarecrows

July 13, 2012

Are you looking for an indoor activity that will entice kids of all ages away from the TV or computer for a couple of hours? If so these mini scarecrows can be made by young and old alike using household odds and ends.

How to make mini scarecrows

How to make mini scarecrows

All you need to make these scarecrows are wooden spoons, pipe cleaners or lollypop sticks for the arms, permanent markers to draw on the faces (with googly eyes optional) and a selection of wool, fabrics, buttons & beads. Glue, staples or needles & thread can be used to fix the ‘clothes’ on or just tie them with wool or string.

How to make mini scarecrows - hippy scarecrow

Simply wrap a pipe cleaner around the wooden spoon, or fix a lollipop stick across it to form arms and tie them on securely with wool. Add fabric and accessories to create hair and clothing.

How to make mini scarecrows - lady scarecrowI found this activity very calming for all involved and enjoyed sitting down, letting the imagination run away with itself, and seeing how differently each of the mini scarecrows turned out, developing personalities as we clothed them.

Children might enjoy having a puppet show with the scarecrows when they’ve finished making them, before they’re finally placed into the garden to scare the birds away.

How to make mini scarecrows - lady scarecrowThe joy of this activity is seeing where the imagination goes. Armed with the same bag of bits and bobs, every mini scarecrow is different. They can also be adapted for themes such as Halloween scarecrows, Christmas scarecrows. The only limiting factor is imagination!

If you’re looking for some more ideas that will help to keep kids away from the TV or computer, you might like some earlier blog posts.


  • Reply Marian July 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    What a brilliant idea!

    • Reply greensideupveg July 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Marian, I really enjoyed making these too!

  • Reply Margaret July 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Brilliant! I might do those with the grandchildren when I have them during the school holidays. They love making things like that.

    • Reply greensideupveg July 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      They’ll enjoy these then! Great fun to make, play with then park outside.

  • Reply Olivia October 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I want to use this idea for my school’s arts and craft club (Grades 1-4) and I’m wondering if there is an alternative to a wooden spoon? We’re on a VERY tight budget and the club moderators are providing all of the supplies. Any suggestions?

    • Reply greensideupveg October 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Olivia, we did a similar project on a tight budget using bamboo canes cut to size (strong twigs would work too) and the heads were made with rolled up newspaper and covered with fabric then decoration. They wouldn’t be great outside but make a nice indoor decoration in plant pots.

  • Reply Pamela @ November 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    So cute, my nephews will have a great time making these with me but I have a feeling, they will try to make them look like dinosaurs or transformers. 🙂

    • Reply Dee Sewell November 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      That’s the best bit Pam, they can be whatever we like! Would love to see a dinosaur or transformer version 😀

  • Reply melissa November 9, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Those are adorable! I must try making some. I can just imagine the birds sitting upon them.

    • Reply Dee Sewell November 9, 2014 at 3:42 am

      Thanks Melissa, we certainly enjoyed them and am sure the birds would too 🙂

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