My baby boy was born on Halloween and his first birthday theme was "pumpkin patch". I wanted his costume to relate to his first birthday theme, so I decided to make him a Homemade Scarecrow Costume.
I simply used a pair of pants he already had with patches and bought a long sleeve red T-shirt. I then bought a yard of burlap for less than $3 and cut out a vest (I traced a vest that he already had) and cut out a large circle for his hat. I knotted rope around his waist and tied raffia to two stretchy hair bands and put them around his feet. I also tied raffia in a bow around his wrists and tied a blue bandanna around his neck.
For his hat, I placed the large circle I had cut out of the burlap (see above) on his head and used a loose rubber band to hold it in place. I turned up the front and stuck leaves around it. The hat was cuter than any store-bought straw hat because it looked so rugged and natural.
Lastly, I used eye-liner to draw two lines curving up on the corner of his lips with criss- cross lines to make him look like he had a sewn on smile. The entire costume was so easy to make and it was so much fun to see him wear it. We got a lot of compliments on our birthday scarecrow!
This year my daughter decided she wanted to be a scarecrow? It sounded simple enough, right? First I searched my house for items I could use. For what I didn't have, I bought from a thrift store.
Following are some items you will need for a scarecrow costume: Straw hat Old jeans Plaid/flannel shirt Straw or raffia A crow (details of how I made mine are below) Rope Yarn
Cut off the jeans and shirt and cut fringes in them. From the inside out attach the straw or raffia to the pants and shirt with a glue gun. On the shirt add the straw to the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt.
Cut patches out and affix to the pants with fabric glue. To the straw hat, affix patches with a glue gun. Affix straw or yarn to the inside of the hat with glue gun (I used yarn).
I made a crow out of foam paper and assembled with a glue gun. For support, I reinforced with a Popsicle stick on the back and affixed to the shirt with fabric glue. Use the rope for a vest and, Voila!
I decided that I wanted Daniel to have a scarecrow Halloween costume this year (2008) but I could not find his size in-store or on-line. I was determined to make him a scarecrow. So I checked on-line for ideas from other pictures. I scrounged around home to see what I had to use.
I wound up using a hat, shirt, bandana and pants that I had. Then I went to buy the straw etc. I found a hula table skirt at party city and cut it up for the hat, neck, sleeves and ankles. Then I bought brown felt and cut it to shape and leaves and patches. I hot glued and sewed everything.
I also had to buy a black turtle neck for under the shirt because he would be cold, which also made the costume even nicer. Then, the leftover straw, I put in his wagon and wrapped leaves around the sides and we went trick-or-treating. We had lots of fun. Everybody loved him. Even he enjoyed himself.