The scarecrow costume is timeless: easy to pull off, but impossible to miss, a DIY scarecrow costume is the perfect way to make this Halloween a success. The best part about it is you can customize it as much as you’d like, adding your own touches and personal twists. Furthermore, if you’re short on time this costume doesn’t require much time or material to still look out of this world. Get ready Halloween: these scarecrows are coming for you!
Store-bought costumes can be expensive, and DIY scarecrow costumes are a great, cost-effective alternative that doesn’t sacrifice on quality. People are sure tobe amazed by your skills in crafting, and your creativity; and you won’t ever regret shelling out $40 on a costume that will probably only be worn once. DIY items are also re-usable, meaning that either the costume itself or the materials you use to create it won’t go to waste; you’ll find other creative ways to use them!
What You’ll Need
You’ll need a few supplies to get started. Make sure you have everything you need before you get start working! Most of the costumes require a straw hat, colored fabric or felt scraps, makeup, overalls, and a plaid shirt. Supplies will be broken down in detail for each costume.
If you want to do more with the costumes, you have a couple of options. Adding details, like straw to the pockets or the hat, will enhance the costume, as will fake leaves and flowers stuck around the costume. DIY is all about personalization, so if you’re struck with some inspiration, go with it! The more effort you put in, the more you will get out of your costume. If you’re making the costume for a child, check in with them to see if they have any specific wants. Their creativity might surprise you!
DIY Scarecrow Costume
This costume is perfect if you aren’t the best crafter, or if you’re low on time. It’s pretty versatile, too, meaning it can be worn by men, women, and kids, you’ll just need to order the clothing items in the right size, however.
Let’s get started!
For this costume, you’ll need overalls, a plaid shirt, a hot glue gun or fabric glue, and fabric scraps. This project is perfect if you already have some of these items in your closet. If you’re having trouble finding some of them, especially the overalls, you can simply go with the plaid shirt and some jeans you don’t plan on wearing again.
To create this costume, simply glue the fabric scraps on the overalls or jeans to your liking. They can also be attached using safety pins if you want to wear the jeans again. Layer the plaid shirt under the overalls and put on the straw hat. For makeup, you can use eyeliner to create stitch lines by the mouth and a patch over the nose, and use extra bright blush to create circles on the cheeks.
To enhance the costume, arrange some straw or leaves sticking out of the pockets of the overalls or jeans. You can also pin parts of a hula skirt to the ends of your sleeves if you don’t want to feel the itchiness of the straw. Voila! A scarecrow!
Last Minute DIY Scarecrow Costume
Short on time but still want to look great? We’ve got you covered. This costume is perfect for anyone in a hurry, especially if you don’t want to sacrifice any of your clothes for the sake of the costume.
You’ll need a pair of jeans, a plaid shirt, a floppy hat, raffia (or something else that looks like straw), strong tape, and scissors.
This is an easy one. Start off by cutting pieces of raffia and attaching them with the tape to the inner rim of your floppy hat. Make sure they’re sticking out from underneath to your liking, and don’t put raffia where your face will be.
Next, take the plaid shirt and roll up the first part of the sleeve. Tape the raffia all around it until it is covered; then flip the sleeve back over. Make sure the raffia is sticking out. Repeat this process on the other sleeve and on the pant legs of your jeans. You can do your makeup in a similar way as described in the first tutorial or you can go as you are! Enjoy your night as a scarecrow!
Universal DIY Scarecrow Costume
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This costume can be worn by anyone, and it doesn’t take much work to achieve. Similar to the first tutorial, this costume is also suitable for a child as long as the clothes are the right size.
Get some felt in fall colors, such as yellow, orange, red, green, and brown. Then you’ll need overalls, a plaid shirt, a straw hat, a hot glue gun, pinking shears or scissors, and a sharpie.
Cut out scraps of the fabric in the shape and size of your liking and glue them to the overalls. A cute addition could also be some fake leaves and flower, which you can find at your local craft store. If you cut out the fabric with pinking shears, you’ll get a textured edge that might add a nice touch; or you could rough up the edges with normal scissors.
Hot glue gun the pieces of fabric to the overalls, and, if you have them, do the same with the leaves and flowers. Once the pieces of fabric are glued down, take a sharpie and draw stitch lines around the patches, making it look like you did a lot more work than you did. The illusion of sewing will add an incredibly nice touch. It’s all in the details!
Layer the plaid shirt under the overalls, throw on the straw hat, and you’re done!
You can either stop here or take it a step further. If you have raffia, adding it to the pockets of your overalls, the sleeves of your shirt, and your pant legs will add very nice details and make the costume look a lot more put together. Simply roll back the sleeves and tape or hot glue the raffia all around the insides. When you roll them back out, you’ll be ready to go! Make sure you measure how far you want the raffia to be sticking out before you secure it down. Whether you want it long or short is totally up to you!
The final step is the makeup; and, yes, this applies to men, too. Use black or brown eyeliner to add stitch-lines around both sides of the mouth. You can also add a patch on the nose with the eyeliner. Then take a vivid blush and create circles on the cheek. This will make the entire costume pop! You can also add a lip color if you’re so inclined!
Crafting isn’t for everyone. Some people find it incredibly hard, boring, or maybe not even worth the effort. Luckily, these DIY scarecrow costumes are easy enough to be done by anyone and fun enough that even the most experienced crafter will find the delight in making them. Remember, you can always add personalized touches to each of the costumes to make them more detailed, unique, and suitable for your style.
With Halloween right around the corner, it might be tempting to simply run out to the store to buy a costume. However, the personalized touches that can only be achieved through DIY make the night more memorable and special. Whether it’s for you, a child, or a loved one, a DIY scarecrow costume is sure to make heads turn and create smiles.
You also won’t have to shell out an unreasonable sum of money; all of the above DIY scarecrow costumes are incredibly cost effective, and the pieces or costumes themselves are reusable. Gone are the days of buying an expensive costume that will only be worn once!
No matter which DIY scarecrow you choose, you’re sure to feel the accomplishment of your hard work when you look at yourself in the mirror or see the smile on your child’s face as they go trick or treating or participate in costume contests. Not to mention that you’ll have fun making them!
Whether it be a solo project or something you do with a friend or your child, you’ll find yourself having fun while putting the ensemble together. Happy crafting!