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Make a "Kitchen Witch" Scarecrow

Sep 15, 2013 04:39PM ● By Mary Phillips

Create a kitchen witch scarecrow from items around the house

Scarecrows can be creepy and the subject of scary movies, or fun - decorated in a cute country style, or silly like the affable scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Although they haven't always looked the way they do now, scarecrows have been around a long time and have been used in a number of different cultures.  One thing is certain though: scarecrows are ubiquitous with the arrival of fall, and if you want yours to be spectacular (and maybe a bit of a self portrait!) you will have to make your own.

The materials list for our 'kitchen witch' scarecrow is somewhat long, but once you have your materials assembled, she will come together in about an hour.  This is a good time to do a little 'fall cleaning', and purge your kitchen of those old utensils that have taken up residence at the back of a drawer where they haven't been seen in years.  Likewise, you can cull a few clothes to dress your scarecrow right from your very own closet. Almost everything else will likely be in your craft closet, with the exception of wood for her frame.

Gather tools:

Hammer and small nails


Drill and 1/8-1/4 inch bit

Paint brush


Wire cutters



Old skirt and shirt

Scraps of ribbon and three long (three feet) lengths of ribbon

A shoe

Old pillow case

Cotton fiber stuffing

Two 8 foot sticks of wood: can be old fence wood, scrap, or 1 x 2 pine boards

Black and white paint (or colors of your choice)

About 10 safety pins

Old baling wire or two wire hangers

Some FabriTac fabric glue or hot glue

Scraps of fabric for mouth and eyes

Old kitchen colander and two large spoons with holes in the handle


Be sure you have all of your materials together near the location you want to display your scarecrow. 

Begin by making her frame.  Cut one stick of wood approximately 6.5 feet.  (If you are using recycled fence wood and it is shorter, that is fine, just remember that you will need smaller clothes.) Cut the other stick of wood into the following lengths: 16 inches (shoulders), 18 inches (upper leg), 18 inches (lower leg), 8 inches (foot).  Drill a hole near the end of each shoulder to hold her wire arms.

Using small nails, tack your scarecrow frame together as seen in the photos. 

Paint all sides of the legs with black and white stripes (or any color and pattern you prefer).

After the paint dries, pull the skirt up over her legs, and fashion two 'suspenders' from ribbon and safety pins.

Stand your kitchen witch up where you want her to stand, and use the hammer to tap her securely into the ground.  You may need to secure her with a few stones, and can always pile some pumpkins at her feet for more safekeeping. 

Cut two lengths of wire twice as long as your shirt sleeve (or cut a hanger open and straighten it out).  Thread your utensils on each strand and affix each wire to the shoulders by winding in through the holes and twisting it together.  Bend the wire ends down so they don’t snag your shirt.

Dress the top half of your witch by putting on her shirt (a button up style shirt is easiest) and stuffing some cotton fiber filling in her shoulders and arms for bulk.  If you are a die-hard realist, you can substitute hay or straw for the fiber.  Add more bulk to her belly if you wish, and secure her waist with a ribbon.

Place some stuffing in an old pillow case and fit it over the stick at top for a head.  Secure it at the neck with a ribbon, and mash the filling around until it is shaped nicely.  If you have a king size pillow case, you will need to cut a few inches off of the open end. 

Place an old colander on your kitchen witches head as a hat, hair or bonnet.  Be creative! Tie some ribbon on the handles for pig tails, or secure some plastic flowers to her hat with a length of ribbon tied under her chin.

Cut a mouth and eyes from scraps of fabric and glue them in place.  We opted for a more sinister/menacing look with traditional triangle eyes. 

Place a shoe over your scarecrow's foot, and enjoy your life sized masterpiece!

Making a scarecrow can be a fun family endeavor, a personal work of art, or a lively neighborhood competition.  Let your imagination run wild, and send us some photos of your creations! 

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