Crafts & DIY
Woman saves tin cans with old socks and scraps of fabric to make adorable fall decor
These were a lot of fun to make. The kids loved them.
Jaclyn Abergas
11.11.22

‘Tis the season for all things festive.

What says “Fall” more than a scarecrow?

All you need are the following:

  • a few tin cans
  • old socks
  • a few pieces of fabric
  • an empty spool of yarn
  • cotton (for stuffing)
  • a couple of sticks
  • dried banana fiber (or something similar)
  • a glue gun, needle, and thread.
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This is going to be fun.

Cut off a round piece from the socks and stuff it with cotton. This will be the head.

Now, take the sticks that will hold the scarecrow and use it to measure the scarecrow’s body.

Sew the long sides together and sew them onto the stick.

Plump up the body with a lot of stuffing. Make sure to sew the end closed so the stuffing doesn’t fall out.

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Now let’s work on the hat.

Use a thick piece of fabric to create the scarecrow’s hat. Wrap it around the head for the measurement.

Sew the sides together and this will be the body of the hat.

With the remaining fabric, use the spool of yarn to draw a circle and cut around 1cm beyond the circle.

Then cut inside the circle using the line you drew as a guide.

Sew the ring to the body of the hat. Then, from about 1.5 cm from the other edge, sew it closed.

Insert a stick inside so there is still a gap in the center before you close it.

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Get a different colored piece of fabric for the scarecrow’s coat.

Use two layers of thin fabric and sew three sides with the coat’s design.

Use the leftover fabric from the coat and the body to create the sleeves of the coat.

What about the head?

It doesn’t look like a head.

It’s up to you how you’ll do this part. You can create the eyes, nose, and mouth by sewing them onto the head.

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Or you can use small beads for the eyes and a lopsided sewed-on smile for the mouth.

You can use another bead or glue on a piece of fabric for the nose.

Get creative with the head.

Use paint, marker, or makeup to add a blush to the cheeks.

That scarecrow’s been hanging out too long under the sun.

Their face is definitely sunburnt.

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Time to add some scarecrow flair.

Create bundles of different lengths, around four bundles for each scarecrow you’re going to make.

This will be used for the top of the hat, the two arms, and the legs.

Make sure your bundles are tied together on one end so it’ll be easy to assemble on the scarecrow.

Insert one bundle on the top end of the hat. Glue the bundle on the inside so it stays in place.

Use the loose fibers to create the hair and glue them on the head before you place the hat on top of the scarecrow’s head.

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If you haven’t done so yet, attach the coat (without the sleeves) to the body.

Glue the bundles on the sides of the coat to create the arms of the scarecrow.

Now, get the sleeves, wrap around the bundle of fiber, and sew it onto the coat. Sew the other end closed around the fiber.

Insert the last bundle on the bottom of the body because this will be the legs of the scarecrow.

Don’t forget the bandana.

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Remember to include a bandana around the scarecrow’s neck, which you can create by ripping out the sides of a fabric.

Attach the scarecrow to the spool of yarn and use the tin can as the base. Now you can place it anywhere around your place that needs a spooky look.

See how to make these adorable scarecrows from tin cans and fabric in the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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