Costumes & Crafts

Make Halloween magic without toil or trouble!

Things You'll Need

  • 4" Styrofoam egg-shaped ball.
  • 2 Wood 1/4" dowels - 12" length
  • Off white or burlap fabric cut in a 18" square
  • Orange construction paper or foam
  • Black marker
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • Straw hat to fit head
  • Flannel shirt - child's small
  • Raffia
  • Low temperature hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Clay pot
  • Halloween embellishments
  • Craft or florist wire
  • Various Halloween chocolates and candies from HERSHEY'S

How to Make

  • Take the two dowel pieces and form a cross. Move one dowel up so it is 5 inches from the top of the other dowel. Wire them together where they cross.

  • Push the short end of the dowel into the bottom of the foam ball. Cover it with off-white fabric. Using a wire or a rubber band, secure the fabric to the dowel, at the base of the foam ball.

  • Fit the straw hat on the top temporarily, to find correct placement of the eyes. Glue wiggle eyes to the fabric. Between them, glue an orange triangle for the nose cut from construction paper or foam.

  • Using the black marker, draw the mouth.

  • To make the hair, remove the hat and cut raffia into 8-inch pieces. Unwrap each piece at the ends, and cut the ends of the flattened raffia to look like straw. Glue the raffia on to the top of the cloth-covered foam egg. Lastly, glue the hat on top of raffia hair.

  • Tie some additional pieces of the raffia under the head.

  • For the arms, cut four pieces of raffia, each 8 inches in length. Unwrap only one end and cut strips as you did for the hair. Do this for all four pieces. Glue two pieces together and then glue to the end of one of the arms. Wrap the raffia around the arm with wire to make it secure. Repeat for the other side.

  • Place the child's shirt over the horizontal dowel, allowing some of the tied raffia to poke out of the top. You can also use the same technique that you used for the hands to create straw pieces to stick out from the shirt. Tie a piece of wire around the waist of the shirt to secure it to the length you want.

  • Place the base of the scarecrow (including the shirt) into the clay pot. Cover with candy to hold the scarecrow upright.

  • Glue Halloween-themed embellishments to the front of the pot.

  • Completed craft is for decorative purposes only. Candy used in craft should not be eaten.