A few weeks ago, I shared an easy Halloween ghost project you can make with a garden edging block, borrowed from an idea my mom used for a snowman. I decided to adapt the idea even further and make this scarecrow so I have something to keep on display after Halloween is over. (Check out the ghost tutorial for details on the block and where to find it).
Paint the face and shoulders with a light brown, then paint an orange shirt and blue overalls (I painted both sides of the brick). To make this even easier, you could skip the straps on the overalls and just paint a shirt on top and pants on the bottom.
Paint a red triangle for a nose and black ovals for eyes. Paint squares of any color you want for patches on the pants. I also added 3D patches by cutting scraps of jeans fabric and gluing them on.
Add the remaining details with a permanent marker or paint pen. I drew the mouth, lines on the shirt, and stitches around the patches and neck with a permanent marker. The roughness of the concrete block made it a little tricky. But for this project, crooked lines and texture are just fine, they'll give your scarecrow a raggedy look.
Dip the wooden end of a paintbrush in a little bit of white paint and dab it on the eyes.
Spray the block with several coats of clear lacquer. This will prevent the paint from getting scratched off and will provide a bit of weatherproofing if you'll be displaying it outdoors.
For the hair, gather some raffia cut into 12 inch lengths and tie them together in the middle using another piece. Center the knot on the scarecrow's head and glue into place. You can also put some glue on the sides of the head and smooth it down a little before adding the hat.
Glue on the straw hat, then trim the raffia to desired length.
Tie a piece of jute around the scarecrow's neck (or use a scrap of flannel for a bandana) and you have a cute little scarecrow to use as a door stop or garden accent!