How to Create an Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls


Not all of us have the opportunity to need a real scarecrow.  Sure, I live a stone’s throw away from corn and cotton fields, but in my little manicured neighborhood, we don’t have to worry too much about crows.

Scarecrows are always one of those quintessential signs of the Fall season to me, though.  So, even though we don’t have trees that change colors or real pumpkin patches down here in Austin, I figured that I could at least have my own version of a scarecrow – an Urban Scarecrow Wreath.  I think it’s so fun, so I put together a tutorial so this fall wreath could be replicated.  It is really simple to put together.

For this tutorial, you only need a few items:

  • Foam wreath form
  • Old shirt
  • Straight pins
  • Raffia
  • Fake crow
  • Fake gourds
  • Hot glue gun and glue

1.  Begin by cutting your old shirt across the body, underneath the arms.  Keep the extra fabric that you cut off.  I used an XL men’s shirt that I picked up at Goodwill.  I specifically wanted a plaid one in autumn colors, but any color or print would do.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

2.  Wrap the bottom center of your shirt (where the buttons are) around the back of your wreath. and put a few pins in the styrofoam wreath.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

3.  Wrap the from part around the front of the wreath so that it covers the raw edge and pins of the bottom of the shirt.  Put a few straight pins under the collar so they are hidden when the collar is folded down.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

4.  Next, wrap the extra fabric up and over the back of the wreath, pull it tight and pin into place.  It should make sense when you do it, as you are trying to cover the wreath in the shirt fabric.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

5.  Then, pull the front part of the shirt up and over where you just pinned, covering both the pins and the styrofoam.  Pin that into place with a pin right across from the sleeve.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

6.  Repeat this process for the other side of the shirt.

7.  Now, take that extra shirt piece that you cut off and pin it to the bottom of the wreath.  Make sure that the buttons on the top of your wreath line up with the buttons on the bottom.  I wrapped the top of mine around the back and pinned it (shown below).  Then, I wrapped the bottom around the back, pulled it tight and pinned it.  Cut off the extra fabric once it’s pinned on the back.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

8.  Wrap the sleeves around and around the wreath so that all of the stryrofoam is now covered.  You can pin them on the back and inside the cuffs so that the pins won’t show.  On one side, I had to put a twist in the sleeve on the back of the wreath so that the cuff buttons would be facing out.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

How cute would this be with a tie on the neck hanging down in the open part of the wreath for Father’s Day?  Adorable!

That’s the end of the detailed “steps.”  The next part is where you get to get creative!

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

I took a pair of Tom’s old jeans and cut one of the legs off, right under the seat.  I cut that leg long ways so that I had 2 long pieces of denim.  I knotted them and then hung the long strip just like I hang wreaths with a long piece of ribbon.

I cut some handfulls of raffia and hot glued them inside the collar and cuffs.  Yes, you will likely burn your fingers a bit in the process – but it’s worth it.  The more haphazard your raffia “hay” is, the more awesome it will look.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

I hot glued a few more pieces of raffia on the bottom of the wreath and then glued a little fake pumpkin and a little gourd beside it.  Then, I hot glued this cute crow on top of the pumpkin.  I bought the crow and gourds at Michael’s.  The Dollar Tree also has crows, but all of the ones I found looked like they had mange.

Urban Scarecrow Fall Wreath | Makely School for Girls

The end result is my urban scarecrow – Plaid shirt + jeans + hay.  Way more fun and funky than old clothes draped across a broomstick, right?

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. I LOVE this and am making it soon! My husband just cleaned out his closet and I happen to have shirts and jeans just waiting to be transformed. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I do not like scarecrows, but I am in love with this wreath! SO cute!!!

  3. Great idea! This would be a great wreath for a Wizard of Oz party too :)

  4. That is SO FREAKING CLEVER I can hardly stand it. <- Impressed!

  5. Michele in Il. says:

    This is just gorgeous!!

  6. CUTE!

  7. Great use of the shirt, I love it!

  8. Heather C says:

    You constantly amaze me with your creativity! I am blown away! (–and not because it’s awful windy outside lol) You are one talented and creative gal!

  9. Love it girl. I pinned it on my Amazing wreath board for Styrofoam. I hope you get some looksies on it. I love the messy eclectic look of it. AND….I LOVE YOUR SITE girlfriend. Love the new brand. I will help spread the word.

  10. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  11. this is so cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Linda Hayes says:

    Love it! Am going to try to make this tomorrow…

  13. Jill Warber says:

    This sounds like a great project, I’m going to give it a go.

  14. LOVE LOVE this! My kids would die over me decorating like this for the fall and halloween! Perfecto! :) Bonnie


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