Scarecrows: Whimsical Touch For Fall Decorating
Scarecrows used to be used to keep birds away from fields so that they wouldn't eat the farmer's freshly-planted seeds.
These days, scarecrows, while sometimes found in gardens, are more likely to be used in fall decorating, both inside the house and out.
I don't know if it's same all over this country, but here in Vermont, it's become common for people to make scarecrows out of discarded clothing, stuffed with hay, straw, or leaves, and topped with a pumpkin or jack o' lantern head. You'll see these all over the place, sitting in chairs on people's porches or decks, propped up against a mailbox, sitting in a pile of leaves.
There's even a big farmstand along the way to southern Vermont that has a huge field of pumpkins, and every year, they have so many human-looking scarecrows out in the field with them that it looks like there are a bunch of people working in the pumpkin patch.
This page will be a collection of scarecrows that would be a whimsical touch for fall decorating around your home.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Golden on Flickr
These scarecrows are forty-one inches high, and you get both the boy and the girl. All you have to do is stuff these scarecrows with old newspaper, then set them somewhere out of the weather--maybe on a covered porch where they won't get wet.
When you're done with them for the season, simply take out the newspaper, and fold the scarecrows flat for storage.
Fun touch for fall
This scarecrow is best used indoors
Here's a whimsical scarecrow made from plush felt. He's wearing a hat decorated with a black crow and a big yellow sunflower. In his arms he carries a pumpkin and autumn leaves.
If you'd prefer a scarier scarecrow "guarding" your yard, this life-size dude dressed in denim overalls, hat, and red flannel shirt should fill the bill.
For fall or Halloween decorating
This two and a half-minute video shows you all you need to know to make your own scarecrow to decorate your yard this fall. The instructions are very easy, and the materials needed to make this scarecrow are probably some you already have around your home--things such as an old shirt, pair of discarded boots, an old pair of pants, pair of discarded pantyhose, hay or straw, glue gun, hammer, two pieces of boards, etc.