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25 Handmade Scarecrow Ideas

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

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Photo: Photo by Felder Rushing

Greet the Season With a Scarecrow

Scarecrows are outdoor staples for gardeners, farmers and fall decor enthusiasts alike. Emblematic of autumn, scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes to serve practical and stylistic needs. Whether you’re searching for how to DIY a foreboding and faceless figure to keep pests at bay or want to make a friendly and festive face to greet trick-or-treaters and passersby each day — we’ve got you covered. We’re sharing our top 20+ scarecrow design ideas to DIY or buy for your home this fall.

First up? This creeping (but cute!) scarecrow harvest figure from the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The whimsical greeter is built from wooden garden stakes, dried grasses and winding grapevines. A cheery red bowtie and round spectacles lend the otherwise ominous figure an endearing look.

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Photo: Felder Rushing

Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow

One scarecrow not enough? Make a cute couple like this pair. The dashing gentleman donning a top hat and bowtie seems to be holding his arms out to protect his lady friend from those scary, mean crows.

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Put the Crow in Scarecrow

Here’s your greenlight to skip the traditional stitched smiles and spooky faces in favor of a larger-than-life feathered friend like this brightly-dressed design that puts the “crow” in scarecrow. The beaked bloom guard stands tall in a festive pumpkin top and yellow overalls, keeping her all-seeing eyes on the sunflowers below.

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Artist Scarecrow

Trade plaid flannels and straw hats for French stripes and a beret cap to bring artistic flair to your front yard vignette this Halloween. This mustachioed pumpkin scarecrow is très magnifique, donning a boat-neck top, ruby bandana and paint-splattered apron. The gentleman sports a pair of googly eyes, oversized eyebrows and painting tools in each hand to round out the masterpiece. Display your artist scarecrow solo or recreate this photo op for neighborhood trick-or-treaters with a faceless Mona Lisa portrait prop.

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