DIY : Halloween Scarecrow

How To Make Your Own Scarecrow

A Scary Good Project

Not since we made our life-sized “cocoon man” did we smile wider than this year – we scored high fives from a few neighbors for our scarecrow and making it was actually pretty simple! Let the haunting begin!¬†ūüéÉ

Tips:

    • The material quantities below are approximations;¬†you’ll want to adjust them to meet the needs of your own project and the size of your halloween cheer. My hallo-cheer is apparently XXL sized!
    • Make sure to secure your scarecrow into the ground – the Austin winds can sometimes be brutal. I just found a neighbor’s tombstone on my front porch this week!
    • To make the head we repurposed a latex halloween mask. We filled it with a few plastic bags to provide the support (plastic is rain-friendly vs. paper and also lets the light shine through). To add just the right amount of “creep factor” we inserted a strand of green battery powered LED lights – they are powered on a built-in timer and are outdoor friendly – perfect for a project like this!
    • We used wing nuts and bolts so at the end of the season we could un-tighten and rotate the arms for easy storage.

Materials:

2 Pieces¬†¬†|¬† 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Pressure Treated Wood¬†(about $4 at Lowe’s)¬†
2  |  Wing Nut and Bolt Sets (about $2)
1-2 Bunches  |  Corn Stalks (about $38)
50′ Spool¬† |¬† 19 Gauge Steel Wire (about $3)
To Decorate  |  Cape ($5 at my local Goodwill score. Whoops Рstore)
1  |  Halloween Mask for the Head (ours was free)
1  |  Small Strand of LED Lights (for the head Рabout $5 at Big Lots!)
2-4¬† |¬† Stones About 4-6″ High (ours were free)
Things To Have Handy  |  A Craft Table, Scissors or Saw, Electric Jigsaw, Mallet (or Hammer)

What To Do:

1. Score your materials.
This seems obvious. But finding corn stalks in Austin can be a little daunting. We found ours at the Red Barn Garden Center. At $17/bunch we later confidently shook our heads in the YES direction when we saw how amazing these turned out – you cannot replicate the authenticity of corn stalks for that perfect halloween feel!

2. Build Your Frame.

We decided to make our scarecrow Texas-sized because large only makes it all the creepier. We used my arms as a rough guide for the arm length for the 1″ x 2″ x 8′ boards and made the scarecrow the full 8 feet tall.

I used my jigsaw to saw a point into the end of the vertical post, which I would later pound into my garden with a mallet. I drilled two holes at the cross-juncture, leaving about a foot for the head, then inserted the wingnuts/bolts and tightened everything to form the middle ‘T‘ of the scarecrow.

How To Make A Scarecrow By Home Style Austin
3. Secure Your Stalks.

Time to cloak your scarecrow frame; I did this to help me measure how long to build the arms. Your craft table will help you assemble everything without being hunched over the ground.

How To Make A Scarecrow By Home Style Austin

Using wire will help keep things in place!

To create the arms and hands, I started with the arms and used 5-7¬†stalks for each arm; I measured from the hands to the center pole then cut and removed the excess. Wrap the stalks with a piece of wire about 5 inches from both ends then affix to the cross beam. Repeat on the other side to complete the two arms. I inverted a bunch of stalks so the tops formed the feet then trimmed the excess to the desired height. Using the same wire-binding technique secure the stalks to themselves… then to the center pole. Make sure everything is secure so it doesn’t slide down the center pole.

DIY Scarecrow Project By Home Style Austin

Looks pretty scary, huh?

4. Make Your Head
See the crafting tip above to make your head. When the head is to your liking place it on top of the ‘crow body and set your LED timer (I set mine at dusk o’clock).

5.¬†Mount Your ‘Crow.
Choose the location for your scarecrow. Using a mallet or hammer pound the center stake into the ground, making sure to avoid sprinkler lines or known rocky areas. I braced the base of the pole with some leftover limestone rocks from when my house was built and secured the center pole from the top with an additional piece of wire tied to a small screw I set on my house.

Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project! I’m happy to give you some tips!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor¬ģ
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
JoePaul@KW.com

 

DIY : Hill Country Headboard

How To Make Your Own Headboard
There’s nothing like the pride you feel when finishing up one of your own Do It Yourself projects!¬†This Hill Country Headboard packs a lot of flash for the cash ~ the materials cost under $100 and it took me no more than 2-3 hours of labor, excluding dry-time. Here’s what you’ll need:

Picking up lumber from Lowes to make our hill country headboardMaterials: 

  • Lumber: Use enough for the width of your mattress – go wide if you choose. This is your own custom project so you can decide the width and the height based on personal preference. I used 1/2″ thick “white wood” pine that I obtained at my local Lowes Home Improvement store. We will be using support braces for reinforcement so remember to add them to your cart as you are gathering your materials.
  • Stain:¬†You can pick multiple colors of your choosing or keep it simple and go one color all the way.
  • Wood Screws: Get enough to go through support braces and into the headboards, but not too long to “break” through the front of the headboard. I chose screws 1/4″ less than the total depth of my project.

Tools: 

  • Saw Horses, Tables or Large Flat Surface:¬†From which to work.
  • A Drill:¬†To secure the support braces to the headboard
  • A Pen or Pencil:¬†To draw a cut line.
  • A Jigsaw or Circular Saw:¬†To cut the wood.
  • A Friend: To help you out.

Tips: 

  • Staining boards is easy.¬†Remember to wear latex gloves as sometimes stain likes to remain (if you know what I mean).
  • No Two The Same. I used boards of varying height and width – even those with knots and knot holes – to give a unique character to the headboard. “Keep Austin Weird,” right?¬†If you have distressed wood laying around, even better.

What To Do: 

1. Stain the boards. If you’re using more than one color randomize the stain and boards to get that “varied” look. Remember to stain the sides of the boards in case there are any gaps. Staining the tops and backs of the boards is up to you (not required). Dry and seal according to the stain instructions (mine dried overnight).

2. To assemble the headboard, begin by laying the boards left-to-right on a flat surface (I used two folding tables). Arrange the boards as desired, alternating width and color as desired. Height we will address in step 4.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

3. To add 3 support braces to the back of the headboard, we’ll need to invert the headboard so you can work from behind the front-facing boards. To accomplish this face the headboard as it would stand top to bottom and left to right, lift the farthest left board and move it face down all the way on the right side of your headboard. This step works best with two people! Be careful not to slide/scratch the stained boards as you move them. Continue with the boards until complete. The headboard will now be facing down “reading” from right to left.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

4. Adjust The Headboards: If you want a headboard with varying height as shown now’s the time to adjust the boards to your preference.

5. Secure Three Support Beams to the back of the headboard using wood screws and your drill. After the first screw goes in make sure that it did not puncture through the front of the headboard (you’ll have to lift the board and its support to check). Continue until all boards are secured to the support beams.

6. Trim Bottom Of Boards:¬†If you used the staggered height design (shown), draw a horizontal line on the back of the headboard at the bottom and cut off any “extra” lumber to result in a clean finish.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

7. Flip and Admire: With the help of a friend lift the headboard from the work surface, turn it facing you and admire! Move the headboard to its final “resting place” and secure it to your bedframe with 2-4 bolts and screws. Bravo, you’re done!

Have you made this project? Share pictures with us on our Facebook community or email them to us at HomeStyleAustin @ gmail.com!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor¬ģ
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.The Finished Piece : DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin