20+ Handmade Scarecrow Ideas

Whether you're trying to keep critters out of the garden, or just celebrating the autumn harvest season, homemade "yard people" are one of the easiest forms of temporary garden art.

Photo By: Photo by Felder Rushing

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Creeping Scarecrow Harvest Figure

This very creepy vine man appeared at a festival at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Realistic Crop Protectors

These realistic crop protectors are used by farmers in England to help keep birds from attacking crops.

Real Scarecrows in England

Between realistic scarecrows scattered across the field and streamers on sticks which create movement, there is actually some deterrent to crop-eating birds on this English vegetable farm.

Real Working Scarecrow

Flashy tin and aluminum plates and streamers—blowing and flashing and banging around in the wind—are as effective as just about anything at deterring birds in the daytime—and may even help on a windy, moonlit night.

Spooky Scarecrow

The traditional crop-protector takes on a sinister look here.

Sweet Scarecrow

This fully-decorated, working scarecrow appears in a high-end public English garden—a perfect foil for the flower and vegetable backdrop.

Hanging Out

This scarecrow is the perfect accent to a fall garden scene in the shopping area of a small town.

Store-Bought Scarecrow

Small, ready-made harvest figures and scarecrows are readily available in the fall for garden decoration.

Best in Show Scarecrow

This figure was carefully stuffed with plastic bags of foam, had its clothes sewn together, and its face made of craft paint and a sewn-on, crooked nose. It can last for many years if stored properly over the winter.

Scarecrow Face Details

Happy, mean, scary—you can create whatever mood you want for your scarecrow!

Scarecrow Details

This harvest figure in the foreground has a lot going on, face-wise. The one in the background has a pot for a head full of cool-weather greenery.

Over-The-Top Harvest Figure

Scarecrow contests are held worldwide every fall, with local craftspeople and home gardeners vying for prizes for the best decorated.

Easy Kids' Scarecrow

Simple as can be: A stick with a clothes hanger attached, draped with an old shirt or dress, and a painted milk jug head.

Children's Scarecrows

These simple stick figures feature a wide variety of child-crafted heads and faces, outfitted in kids' clothes.

Scarecrow Festival Scene

Let your creative juices flow when creating an entire garden scene using garden tools and whimsical scarecrows!

Metal Scarecrow

This fall scene in Iowa was enhanced by a cheerful scarecrow and crow, cut from solid sheet metal.

Recycled Aluminum Can Scarecrow

This addition to a North Carolina garden art contest is creepy enough—without even considering there may be a giant wasp nest in its hood!

Whimsical Crop Figure

Nearly any materials can be used to create an imaginative crop figure in the garden.

Whimsical Scarecrow

Made from recycled metal, this top-hatted scarecrow wields a metal crow on one hand.

Scary Sculpture

Pretty scary—just another way to express yourself in the garden with a human-like figure.

St. Fiacre, Patron Saint of Gardeners

Of all the statues around the world, perhaps the most appropriate is of St. Fiacre, official patron saint of gardens.