Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow

Happy Fall Y’all!  It’s September and that means fall leaves, football, cooler weather and pumpkins!  To kick off fall the Michaels Makers are bringing you a creative and fun DIY Pumpkin Challenge with tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkins for your home decor, holiday celebrations and even gift ideas. Fall is my favorite season and while it will be a few more weeks before our weather actually looks and feels like Fall, I couldn’t wait to decorate my front porch.  This fall our friends and family will be greeted by our friendly Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow.Fall Scarecrow Pumpkin Giggles Galore

My front porch is a glimpse of what people can expect when they visit our home and I want it to make a warm, and inviting first impression. And what better way to say welcome than with a friendly scarecrow?  Inspired by the Good Housekeeping scarecrow I spotted on Pinterest I headed to Michaels for supplies to create my very own. Fall Pumpkin Porch Decor

There are so many varieties of craft pumpkins available at Michaels— there is every color, shape and size that you could ever want! For my scarecrow I picked one of the medium sized orange pumpkins.  The great thing about using a craft pumpkin for this DIY project is that I’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.  Here is what you’ll need to make your own Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow:

  • Medium Size Orange Craft Pumpkin
  • Variety of small pumpkins and gourds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raffia
  • Fall fabric
  • Brown Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Medium size round container
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow Supplies

  1. Start by choosing two small pumpkins for the scarecrows eyes.  Use a sharp craft knife to slice the pumpkins in half.  After you have selected eyes for the scarecrow pick a gourd for the nose and use the knife to cut it in half.Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow_Cutting Pumpkins
  2. Place a toothpick through the center of the half cut pumpkin and gently push it into the craft pumpkin.  The eyes and nose should stay in place, but you can add a dab of hot glue to make sure they are secure.Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow Face
  3. Use a hot glue gun to create a smile using the pumpkin seeds.Fall Scarecrow Pumpkin Seed Smile
  4. Now it’s time to make the scarecrows body.  I found a heavy ceramic trash can at the thrift store and thought it would make the perfect body for my scarecrow.Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow_Container
  5. Cut your fabric to cover your container.  Use the hot glue gun to secure the fabric to your container. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy looking on the inside, it’s going to be covered up. Once the fabric was in place I decided it needed something so I cut out a collar from craft paper and glued on some old buttons.Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow_Body
  6. Use a hot glue gun and start adding the raffia around the top edge of the container.Fall Scarecrow Pumpkin Raffia
  7. Make a hat for the scarecrow out of the brown felt.  I laid out the brown felt and cut out a circle slightly larger than the craft pumpkin. Next, I cut the felt to create a cone shape.  To make the hat I cut a circle in the center of my brown felt circle and placed it over the cone shaped part of the hat.  Add a dab of hot glue all the way around the hat to secure it. Embellish your felt hat with fabric patches and ribbon. Glue the hat on to the top of the craft pumpkin.Felt Scarecrow Hat
  8. Finally, glue the pumpkin scarecrow head onto the top of the container.Fall Scarecrow Pumpkin_Giggles Galore

Now you have a friendly Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow that instead of scaring away unwanted visitors will welcome friends and family as they visit your own.  I love a pop of color with my fall decor and my chalk paint chair from last fall looks great with my newest pumpkin project.  I added more craft pumpkins in a variety of colors and sizes to complete my fall front porch makeover.Happy Fall Pumpkin Scarecrow

If you need more fall decor inspiration and ideas be sure to look at the 49 other DIY pumpkin projects from the rest of the Michaels Makers- they are so creative and fabulous!


Friendly Fall Scarecrow Pumpkin

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. I really enjoyed seeing your Porch and I loved the Pumpkin and can not wait to make one for my Porch.

  2. I love this idea! I used to work at Michael’s and was in charge of all of the sample items on display (got paid to craft!). Pumpkins were so much fun. I really like this idea and may have each one of my kids do their own version. Yours turned out so great! I really like the extra pumpkins around your porch. And I need to make a sign like that. Love it all, good job!

    • Thanks Jeniece, he was definitely fun to make. I love the idea of letting your kids create their own versions, you’ll have to share them with us if you do it!

  3. That is the cutest scarecrow pumpkin! Love it! Need to make one of these myself! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  4. He’s such a happy fella! I love him!

  5. This is so cute! I love it for fall this year. Thanks for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party this week!

  6. Love this idea! It’s absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for linking up with our Living With Style Linky Party! Hope you’ll join us again next week!

  7. what a super cute and welcoming porch!

  8. Mariah, it’s the perfect rustic touch to your porch decor. Great job!
    Here from Totally Terrific Tuesday.

  9. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Artsy Fartsy Link Party.

  10. OMG! He is too CUTE!!!!!!!!! Love that pumpkin seed smile. Fantastic tutorial, too. 🙂

  11. this is so adorable! Perfect for fall 🙂

  12. Hey Mariah, This is such an adorable scarecrow pumpkin. Happy Fall. Pinned for later.

  13. can’t wait to make this so cool thanks for the inspiration pinned have a great day

    • Thanks for stopping by Lorraine, I’m so glad you were inspired by our scarecrow! I hope you have fun making your own, we’d love to see it if you make one!

  14. Super cute! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

  15. Great idea! Think I will use Burlap instead of the craft paper for the collar – may hold up a little better with damp nights.

  16. Sooooo cute! I love it!

  17. Very fun! Love how you used the tops of smaller pumpkins as eyes and seeds as mouth. Great porch appeal! Visiting from Wine’d Down Wednesday party.

  18. What can I say, but totally adorable!! Love it. You’ll be featured at our next Brag About It Link Party! Hope you can join us 🙂


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