Appalachia Gardening

How To Make A Scarecrow

How to make a scarecrow for free

For the last few years, the girls and I have been in charge of making a scarecrow for Pap’s big garden. Since Steve’s house is closest to the garden, he’s in charge of crow patrol-but he can’t be on duty 24 hours a day-so having a scarecrow helps.

Easy way to make a scarecrow

First we went out to The Deer Hunter’s scrap lumber pile and found 2 pieces of wood. One was an old 3 ft long garden stake-the other a 6 ft long piece of 2×2 trim. In past years we’ve used small saplings from the woods-they also work well.

Frugal way to make a scarecrow

We secured the 2 pieces of wood together to make a cross-with 2 zip ties. Zip ties are like duct tape they work for everything! If you’d don’t have zip ties-you could use string or twine to tie the 2 pieces of wood together. The cross portion of wood-should be fairly high up on the straight piece of wood-think arms in relation to head.

How do you make a scarecrow

I had an old worn out pair of The Deer Hunter’s pants-but no shirt. I called Granny and she said she’d find me one of Pap’s old shirts. So we moved the scarecrow operation down there.


After I put Pap’s old shirt on the scarecrow, I put the pants on. I put one leg of the pants over the bottom portion of the cross-and the let the other leg hang empty. Then I safety-pinned the pants to the shirt. I also zip tied a hat to the top of the stick above the shirt collar.

If you wanted to-you could stuff the shirt and pants with straw, hay, leaves, fabric or whatever. We’re mostly on the skinny side around here so we figure the crows are used to seeing thin folks in the garden. You could also add some sort of head if you wanted too-but a hat works well for us.

It had been thundering around all evening. Granny kept warning us a storm was coming and we needed to get inside. Chitter kept telling her the storm was going around us-but Granny was having none of that. She finally put her Granny foot down and ordered us on the porch NOW.

We tied 2 tin pie plates on each arm. First we made holes in the pie plates, then we attached 2 together with a piece of string-making sure to place them top to top-so they would make more noise when they blow around. Then we made a small hole in the arm of the shirt to thread the string through before tying it off around the arm-that way the noise makers are more securely attached to the scarecrow.

How to make a scarecrow

By this time-Granny had been proved right-the hail on her porch roof drove us all inside leaving the scarecrow to be put up the following day.




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  • Reply
    susie swanson
    May 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Nice and scary looking guy you got there..Those old pie pans are the best..

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    Vicki Lane
    May 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Love that scarecrow! I need to make one too.

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    Joy Newer
    May 25, 2012 at 6:35 am

    The name that popped into my mind for the scarecrow is MR Scatter Boo. Love to all of you. Grandmother Joy Newer.

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    May 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    We should have had these instructions when we did corn silage ag bags…the crows loved to poke holes in them. NOT a good idea…air spoils silage!
    Now for a name…my son says he should be named “Roger”!

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    Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits
    May 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Love the idea of adding the pie plates at the end of the sleeves for a little added something to scare the stew out of the birds!

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    B. Ruth
    May 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Where in the world are the Scot-Irish ancestry reading here…You know how much I love Tattie-Bogels..(Scarecrows) especially the Tattie-Bogel…
    Please read this poem about the Singing Tattie-Bogel…read it here:
    You should also read about the Tattie-bogel festivals in Scotland….where everyone along the roads make a different Tattie-Bogel in celebration …Doctors, lawyers, homes, schools..etc..such fun!
    Please read the poem in your best Scot-Irish impersonation and scroll down to see the explanation of some of the words…I just love it…
    For your Scare crow name,
    How about “Harmony” ’cause Pap harmonises so well, and if the birds,crows, rabbits, woodchucks, deer, turtles(maters), polecats (turnips) etc.ect.etc…stay out of the garden then there will be “Harmony” there…like Paps voice adds to your music!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Got the beans planted…and guess what…Got our first Gyspy pepper today and will be picking zucchinni by the weekend…YeeeHaa

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    May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    What about Malachi? Remember that troubled kid in the movie “Children of the Corn”? That was his name.

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    May 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Fun post! Tipper I think he looks like a skinny “Elroy” to me!

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Your scarecrow looks so impressive in your Pap’s shirt that it could scare away most unwelcome visitors! Most farmers in Cyprus put up scarecrows despite the fact that ecologists don’t like them. Why not just Pap for a name?

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    Jen Y
    May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Most years I don’t make a scarecrow but this year I have a very small vegetable garden so I decided to go small on a scarecrow.
    I went to the thrift store & bought a little blue shirt/jacket & a pair of black baby shoes. I’m making a Peter Rabbit scarecrow – you remember Peter lost his jacket & shoes & Mr McGregor hung them in the garden to scare away the birds. I may even splurge at Hobby Lobby & buy a plastic onion for the head so it will look just like the Beatrix Potter picture book. :o)

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    How ’bout Syd Scare’em?

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Have been uncomfortable with scarecrows since watching the Doctor Who trilogy about the scarecrows that are taken over by space aliens and run amok through the countryside killing people. Our neighbor had one, and I kept a close eye on that thing to make sure it stayed put. One day, the durn thing was gone, and I thought…well, you know what I thought, at least for a second. It stayed gone for about a month, then suddenly a brand new one appeared. I think they’re trying to sneak up on me, but with a scarecrow on the property to my left and a cemetery on the property to my right, I think I’m ready for anything that wants to tangle with me. ROFLOL
    The things people make up in their minds. Isn’t it funny?!?
    God bless.

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I have an old Halloween decoration (witch with her broom) that makes a fabulous scarecrow. She already has the stake attached behind her long dress. Yours is much bigger than mine… So, I’m going to call it “The Blind Big Scarecrow”.

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    Jim Casada
    May 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Tipper–I’ll intrude with a practical question and comment or two. Has anyone, other than me, noticed how the habits of crows have changed in the last half century? When I was a boy I never recall seeing one feed on carrion, and they were a far worse agricultural nuisance then than they are now. I used to have to coat lots of kinds of seed with a noxious smelling product made of creosote and some other things. No more. Crows seem to me to be much scavengers and much less agricultural pests in today’s world.
    Now, let’s think about giving the scarecrow a personality and some character. How about one that is, in appearance, a cross between Don and Ken? Add to that the ability to make noise on the constant level of Chitter and Chatter, the energy of the erstwhile Tipper, and maybe a once weekly change of clothes, and you’ve got a scarecrow for the ages!!!(Yeah, I know, I’ve laid myself wide open, but Don’s traveling, Ken has probably already read this, you are too good hearted to be offended, and the girls will take it in stride).
    Jim Casada

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    Ron Banks
    May 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Looks like a Clim Crowdiddlehopper to me!

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    May 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Your Scarecrow looks better than
    mine. I used a tomato hanger so
    the shoulders could be adjustable.
    I’m gonna add me some pie pans,
    didn’t think of that. All I used
    was a straw hat and shop coat. That thing even scares me when the
    wind blows. How ’bout “Chuckie”.

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    May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Ski—short for Skedaddle

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    dolores barton
    May 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I would name him Chase’um for Chase them. I wonder what would happen if an entire country road put those scarecrows up along their mailbox areas. It would be a site to see. It could be called scarecrow season. It would be like putting quilting designs on the sides of barns.

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    May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    a fine looking scare crow. daddy always hung pie pans on his to and also strung string along the rows and tied pie pans to them. Peter Piepan Piper is my name

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I like your scarecrow.
    He seems like Pap Scout to me. (Or maybe Pap’s Scout?)
    That’s my suggestion for a name.
    I hope he is a grand guard over the Wilson garden!

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Do you know what it is about a scarecrow that works? I heard tell it was the smell of the clothes, not necessarily the person-like looking thing. And I may need to make a scaredove because that is what is coming to our square foot gardens, lol!
    How about Mr. Git, as in git outa here!

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    Karen Larsen
    May 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I live on Crow’s Foot Farm, and we love crows here. But, that said, I do like to make a scarecrow. Mine wore out and I will have to make a new one this year. Around here, they are merely “for cute”.
    As for a name for yours….. well, he looks like an Ernie. So that’s my name. Ernie.

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    Mike McLain
    May 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I have seen scarecrows before, but without the noisemakers. I suspect the noise is a better deterrent than the visual.
    How about “The Crow Hunter” for the scarecrow’s name?

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    May 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

    How about Pat Pandandy for a name. I am making a scarecrow for my garden today. We put up a string of cds but they are just not doing the trick.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 24, 2012 at 5:03 am

    All that work and he don’t have a name? Perhaps a contest?

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