Here are some creative ideas for dressing up as a scarecrow for your next Halloween or harvest party!
Scarecrow Costume Basics
Find a pair of old baggy pants and a shirt - the more holes the better! Tear 1-inch strips about 4-5 inches long out of yellowish colored fabric. Glue these so they hang out of the sleeves and neck opening of the shirt and also out of the bottom of the pant legs. Make sure they don't hang too long out of the pant legs to avoid tripping.
To add some finishing touches, use scraps of different colored material and glue patches all over your pants and shirt. Top off your scarecrow costume with a straw hat and even a fake bird perched on your shoulder!
Suggestions from Lori Gidopoulos: "Take some of your old jeans or even a pair of sweatpants and apply the fabric patches, the messier the better! Make them look dirty - get some actual dirt on them if you like. Also, add a few rips and don't patch those. Put on an old sweatshirt and do the same...patch, rip, dirty. Once on, stuff the clothes with the fiberfill for a fuller "stuffed" look. Throw on an old hat, even add a patch if you like, and more dirt. Use makeup for red rosy cheeks, yellow your face if you can, and make a square nose. Add a bandana around your neck. Stuff the shirt sleeves and pant legs with some straw or hay. It doesn't have to be a lot for the effect!! You could even glue some on the bandana near the neck!
With the fiberfill in the clothing, the straw won't be so itchy."
Check out a larger photo of a scarecrow costume made by Bobbye Barthe.
Here's author Frank Baum's original description of the Scarecrow from his original book published in 1900:
"Dorothy leaned her chin upon her hand and gazed thoughtfully at the Scarecrow. Its head was a small sack stuffed with straw, with eyes, nose, and mouth painted on it to represent a face. An old, pointed blue hat, that had belonged to some Munchkin, was perched on his head, and the rest of the figure was a blue suit of clothes, worn and faded, which had also been stuffed with straw. On the feet were some old boots with blue tops, such as every man wore in this country, and the figure was raised above the stalks of corn by means of the pole stuck up its back. "
― The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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