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.
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.
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
- Fall fabric
- Brown Felt
- Medium size round container
- Hot glue gun
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a hot glue gun to create a smile using the pumpkin seeds.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a hot glue gun and start adding the raffia around the top edge of the container.
- 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.
- Finally, glue the pumpkin scarecrow head onto the top of the container.
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.
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!