Scarecrow Ideas

Please note: Unfortunately, the 2018 Hinterland Scarecrow Festival will not go ahead due to a lack of funding. We are negotiating the future of the event now and will advise our future plans shortly.

Making a scarecrow is great fun. The appearance and personality of your scarecrow is limited only by your imagination. It does not need to cost much. Here are some scarecrow ideas to inspire you.

Theme – ‘A Moment in Time’

Who will you create?

The ‘A Moment in Time’ theme is broad and gives you plenty of scope to explore your favourite, artist, musician, film star, book character, sporting star, animal, politician or historian!.

Additional links

Australian Geographics 100 Aussie Icons
Australian Convict Icons
Photo Gallery from previous festivals
Judges Voting Criteria

Building your scarecrow

Scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes. You can build a traditional scarecrow or you can also opt for farm yard art made from materials around your house, a sculpture of paper mache’ or a hay bale scarecrow art installation.

Your scarecrow will sit out in the elements so consider wind and the potential of rain when choosing your materials.

Consider using a wide variety of materials.

  • Frame/Body – wood cross frame, gardens stakes, bamboo poles, chicken wire, hay bales, old clothes, 44 gallon drums
  • Stuffing – straw, insulation, paper, old stockings, old clothing or cloths
  • Head and face
    • Plywood, polystyrene, pillow case, old stockings, paper mache’, hessian
    • Stuff with straw, soft-toy filling, old stockings
    • Mark with texters or paint
    • Print out a picture and laminate a well-known face
    • Cut out the facial features.
  • Hands and feet – gloves, socks, old stockings or tights, straw or soft-toy filling
  • Hair – wig, raffia, straw, wool, strips of fabric, old mop.

Scarecrow making tips
Scarecrow creative ideas
How to make a traditional scarecrow
Scarecrow made from straw bales
Chicken wire sculptures
Inspirational photos from our UK counterparts
Other videos – how to build a scarecrow
Photo Gallery – scarecrow inspiration!
Judges Voting Criteria

Dressing your scarecrow

A good place to start is what you have around the home. Use old clothes and shoes and don’t forget to accessorise with gloves, handbags, jewellery, imitation flowers, gardening tools, stuffed toys etcetera. A visit to the local opportunity shops will assist in pulling your scarecrow together.

School and Kindergarten resources

Scarecrow Lesson Plans have been created for schools and kindergartens by our committee member and qualified teacher Lisa Panuccio. This will help you integrate the scarecrow building for your class or as an individual project for the kids.

Don’t forget to enter

Join in the fun by entering the completing our online application form. More details on how to enter including Competition conditions and guidelines are at our how to enter page.


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People flock in for a fairytale time at Uffington Scarecrow Festival 2019

Myths, Legends and Fairytales was the enchanting theme for this year’s Uffington Scarecrow Festival on Sunday and Monday (May 5th and 6th).

Alongside the scarecrow trail quizzes that proved popular with children and adults, the annual village event included a classic car display, a Spitfire flypast, plenty of farm animals to pet, plus farm machinery to be in awe of.

Dozens of stalls, games and rides added to the fun, and teas and cakes were served throughout.

First place went to the Ford family (9794870)

More than 4,000 visitors came along to see a record number of scarecrows on display around the village.

The scarecrow competition was judged by Father Aran Beesley, who delighted visitors by delivering rosettes to winning scarecrows on a scooter.

Winning scarecrow-maker Rebecca Ford said: “I am thrilled with our first prize.

“The theme this year was easy to get behind and we had a lot of ideas, but the Gingerbread Man won everyone’s hearts and I’m very proud of the result of a lot of hard work – and a lot of glue!”

Second place went to the Graham family (9794876)

Second prize went to the Graham family for their detailed Elves and the Shoemaker scarecrow, while third prize was awarded to Rachel Twinley for her popular red paper mache dragon.

Third place went to the Twinley family (9794888)

Scarecrows organiser Jo Coulter said: “This year’s festival was a real success and huge thanks are due to all those who gave up so much of their time to help make the festival what it is, and to our sponsors for their generous support.

“The rain held off and our scarecrow makers really surpassed themselves this year with their creations.”

Take a look through our gallery of photos below, taken by Mercury photographer Lee Hellwing. To order a copy of a photo from this gallery, .


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It’s time to build the scarecrow…

Believe it or not, we’re only a few weeks away from September, and that means it’s already time for the 32nd annual Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition and Display. With competition entries due Sunday, September 5th, it’s time to start brainstorming your amazing 2010 scarecrow ideas. Every year, over 100 participants enter their very own festive scarecrows for the chance to win $5,000 in prizes (and have a great time doing it)! Plus, this year Peddler’s Village & Bucks Happening will have some extra surprises in store so register soon.

Below are the various categories you can enter under:

1. Quite the Character Scarecrow: Open the world of possibilities as you create a scarecrow interpretation of your favorite television character—human, animal or animated!

2. Traditional/Whirligig Scarecrow: Paying homage to the scarecrows that have been “scaring crows’ from the farmers’ fields and gardens for centuries. Parts move or make noise when the wind gusts to make it a true whirligig!

3. The Keystone Krow: A person, place or thing—past, present or future that says “Pennsylvania.”

4. An Extraordinary Contemporary Scarecrow: Not necessarily a “Scarecrow,” more like a cutting edge creation for the garden.

5. Kids Only! Scarecrow: Kids 12 and under create crows and compete with their peers.

6. Group Scarecrow: A group scarecrow project for a school, church, office, club, scout troop, neighborhood, etc.

Bucks Happening has been hard at work creating our very own scarecrow for this year’s festival. With our 2 new Bucks Happening team members, it has been the perfect activity to bring the group together! Check out some highlights from our scarecrow making adventure below:

The official festival will be held September 18-19, 10 a.m. – 6pm, rain or shine. With scarecrow making workshops, live music, a pumpkin pie eating contest, & free parking and access, it is a can’t miss fall event in Bucks County. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the goodies at Bucks Happening.

Hurry up & register to create your very own scarecrow here or for more information, please call 215-794-4000.


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How to enter

Everyone can be involved in the fun on the Scarecrow Trail.

  • Competitions Activities and Prizes
  • Competition Guidelines
  • Judges Criteria
  • Play along – People’s Choice Award
  • Play along – Snap a Selfie
  • Play along – Spot the Scarecrow

4 easy steps to enter

  • Complete the registration form:
    • Live outside the hinterland? – Let us know and we will partner you with a host property in the hinterland.
    • Want someone else to make your scarecrow? – Let us know if you live in the hinterland and we will partner you with a community group, school or artist to make you a scarecrow to display out the front of your property, for a small additional cost.
  • Pay entry fee:
    • $25 – family, individual, schools, artist, community groups, MPHTA members
    • $50 – business
    • $50 to host a scarecrow (locals in the hinterland who have their scarecrow made by a community group, school or artist).
  • Build a scarecrow to:
    • Display out the front on your/host hinterland property. Check our ideas page to help you get started with ideas and building your scarecrow.
  • Display your scarecrow
    • Scarecrow Trail – display the scarecrow .

Registration form

Competitions, Activities and Prizes

WIN, WIN, WIN great prizes!

All winners will be announced on the Red Hill Market at Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Red Hill.

Festival Trail – for everyone

Create a ‘Traditional scarecrow’, farmyard art or sculpture related to theme ‘A Moment in Time’ to display on the Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Trail. For creative inspiration check out our scarecrow ideas page.

Click to learn about the competition guidelines.

    • ‘Best ‘A Moment in Time’ Scarecrow’
    • ‘Best Traditional Scarecrow’
    • ‘People’s Choice Award’ – A Scarecrow Perpetual Trophy – voted by the community.
    • ‘Snap a Selfie Competition’
    • ‘Spot the Scarecrow’ – A fun and interactive game with questions about the scarecrow trail. (22-September to 7 October 2018). Printable certificates upon completion.

Schools and Kindergarden

    • ‘Best School/Kindergarden Scarecrow’
  • ‘Teacher Prize Winning Best School/Kindergarden Scarecrow’.

Artist Sculpture

Artists are invited to enter the inaugural Best Artist Sculpture Scarecrow competition with a art installation, based on the ‘A Moment in Time’ theme or you can opt for a more ‘Traditional scarecrow ‘sculpture or farmyard art.

  • ‘Best Artist Sculpture Scarecrow’

Winner announcements

  • Winners will be announced at the iconic Red Hill Market (184 Arthurs Seat Road Red Hill, Victoria).

Additional Links

  • How to enter
  • Competition Guidelines
  • Judges Criteria
  • Play along – People’s Choice Award
  • Play along – Snap a Selfie
  • Play along – Spot the Scarecrow

Competition Guidelines

All winners will be announced at the iconic Red Hill Market Recreation Reserve (184 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, Victoria).

Festival Trail Guidelines – for everyone including schools, businesses and artists

  • Create an ‘A Moment in Time’ scarecrow or ‘traditional’ scarecrow
  • Scarecrow Lesson Plans for schools and kindergardens will be available to help teachers
  • No hazardous or toxic materials please
  • Judges will look for attention to detail and originality – so come up with something unexpected!
  • Give your scarecrow a name, and write a 25 words description or tell us the inspiration for your scarecrow by Monday 3 September 2018
  • Put your scarecrows up out the front of your hinterland property by Wednesday 19 September 2018. If you do not live in the region, the organisers will match you up with a local business/homeowner to host your scarecrow in the hinterland.
  • Judging will take place and judge’s decision will be final.

Festival Trail Guidelines – for artists

The 2018 Artist’s Sculpture Competition has been a high succuss and super popular with visitors over many festivals.

  • Create a sculpture that relates to the theme of ‘A Moment in Time’ or a ‘traditional’ scarecrow
  • Must be made out of durable materials – metal, stone or wood – and suitable for an outdoor area
  • Must be able to be properly secured (e.g. chain) and weighted to cope with strong winds.
  • Must be suitable for a family audience and ‘people friendly’ regarding safety
  • No hazardous or toxic materials please
  • Must be easily transportable
  • Give your scarecrow a name, and write a 25 words description or tell us the inspiration for your scarecrow by Monday 3 September 2018
  • Must be displayed in the hinterland region by Wednesday 19 September 2018. If you do not live in the region the organisers will match you up with a local business to host your art installation on their street frontage.
  • Judges will look for attention to detail and your originality – so come up with something unexpected!
  • Winning sculpture will be on loan to the Scarecrow Festival organisers for up to two years. It must have bolt holes so it can be secured to a concrete pad. It will also be sign-posted with your website or contact details.
  • Judging will take place on Friday 21 September 2018 and judge’s decision will be final.

Guidelines for snapping a Selfie

  • Snap a selfie or create a short video (max 3 minutes) with one or as many scarecrows as you like on the between 22 September and 7 October 2018.
  • Upload your selfie picture to Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Facebook page and hastag #hinterlandscarecrow on or before 5pm Monday 1 October 2018
  • The photos will automatically be fed onto our newsfeed on this website
  • The winners will be announced at the Red Hill Market on 6 October 2018.
  • Judges will look for the most creative inspired photo/video- so come up with something fun and unexpected!
  • All content must be appropriate and family friendly. The organizers reserve the right to refuse entries that are not appropriate.

Guidelines for People’s Choice Award

  • Vote for you favourite scarecrow to win the People’s Choice Award
  • The winner will be announced on Saturday 6 October 2018, at Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Red Hill, and posted on this website.

Spot the Scarecrow

The Spot the Scarecrow is an activity for everyone to enjoy whilst on the Festival Trail. It is a bit like a scavenger hunt!. Don’t forget to email us your entry before Monday 1 October 2018 for your chance to go into the draw to WIN.

Judges Criteria

Scarecrows judges will include a team of sponsors, local artists and members of the Mornington Peninsula Scarecrow Committee. The criteria for judging will include:

  • Interpretation – how well does the scarecrow celebrate the theme! Score 1-5
  • Durability – how well the scarecrow is constructed. Score 1-5
  • Creativity. Score 1-5
  • Attention to detail and craftsmanship Score 1-5.
Additional Links
  • How to enter
  • Competitions, Activities and Prizes
  • Judges Criteria
  • Play along – People’s Choice Award
  • Play along – Snap a Selfie
  • Play along – Spot the Scarecrow
  • Media Page


Scarecrows in the Village

Celebrating 41 years of Scarecrows in the Village

Every September, Peddler’s Village hosts a famous scarecrow display that brings visitors from around the world. For seven fun-filled weeks, two hundred scarecrows grace the winding pathways of the sweeping, autumn-tinted Village property. Some are inspired by famous characters, some are humorous, some are meant to be scary – but all of them are carefully handmade and contributed by Philly-area residents and organizations.

Check back later for the 2020 entry form.

‘Caring Pink Panther’ ‘Farmers Love Scarecrows’ ‘Shark Week’
‘My “Bling” is talking!’ ‘Pups Save the Scarecrows!’ ‘Bee. Honey’
‘The Rising Dead!’ ‘Happy 40th Birthday to Me!’ ‘The Joshua’
‘Father Nature’ ‘Pink-Leficent’ ‘Ben Franklin Flies a Kite’ by Wesley Enhanced Living (Doylestown)
‘Undead Fred’ ‘Mr. Buckets’ ‘Happy Howloween’
‘Eileen Conner’ ‘Pale Face’ Grand Prize Winner: ‘Corny’ by Adam Wesolowski, Thrills with Chills
‘DIY My Head’ ‘Hello Kitty’s Birthday Party’ ‘Happy Halloween and Good Morning America!’
‘Ursula’ ‘Toy Story’ by Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream ‘Sea Witch Revele’

‘Stray Cat Strut’ ‘One Small Step For Crow, One Giant Leap For Crowkind’ ‘Crowin’ for a Cure’
‘Pink the Dog’ ‘Villa Supergirl’ ‘Pooh’ by Sticky Situations
‘Coraline Jones in the Other World’ ‘Potentially Scary’ ‘Princess Mint to Scare’ by Girl Scout Troop 21456
‘Addams-Magic Beanstalk-OZ Warp’ ‘Winey’ ‘The Horror of Learning’
‘The Singing Scarecrow’ ‘Fine Wine & Evil Spirits Podcast Host’

Congratulations to 2019 Grand Prize Winner:
Thrills with Chills #2 ‘Corny’ by Adam Wesolowski.

Click on each category below for more winners as voted on by Village visitors!


Pay homage to the scarecrows that have been “scaring crows” from farmers’ fields for centuries in this category. Utilize old cloth, straw, and natural supplies.


1st Place: #8 ‘Father Nature’ by Joshua Hoelper

2nd Place: #5 ‘The Singing Scarecrow’ by Rebecca Laufer

3rd Place: #1 ‘Farmers Love Scarecrows’ by Linda Wood

4th Place: #3 ‘Happy 40th Birthday to Me!’ by Joshua Sebastian

Honorable Mentions:

#2 ‘Pedaler’s Village’ by Gabrielle Viscounte

#6 ‘Potentially Scary’ by Olivia Bell

Create a scarecrow interpretation of your favorite book, television or movie character: human, animal or animated!
Ideas: Historical figure, Disney character, superhero or villain


1st Place: #1 ‘Ben Franklin Flies a Kite’ by Wesley Enhanced Living (Doylestown)

2nd Place: #14 ‘Ursula’ by Kori & Kim Wilson

3rd Place: #43 ‘Villa Supergirl’ by Stephanie Gahagan

4th Place: #8 ‘Shark Week’ by Melissa Crouse

Honorable Mentions:

#22 ‘Sea Witch Revele’ by Carol Salzer

#23 ‘Happy Halloween and Good Morning America!’ by Debra Canale

“It’s Alive!” Create a scarecrow that scares.
Ideas: You’re only limited by your darkest nightmares.


1st Place: #13 ‘The Horror of Learning’ by Mikala Silvestri

2nd Place: #8 ‘My “Bling” is talking!’ by Joanne DeFeo

3rd Place: #11 ‘The Rising Dead!’ by Joshua Sebastian

4th Place: #7 ‘Undead Fred’ by Kelly Karetsky

Honorable Mentions:

#14 ‘Pale Face’ by Aleece Davis

#4 ‘Fine Wine & Evil Spirits Podcast Host’ by Sarah Kahn

To trash, or not to trash? Repurpose and reimagine found objects into a scarecrow that is more than its parts.
Ideas: Stuff a scarecrow with plastic bags instead of straw, use that old bicycle in your garage


1st Place: #2 ‘One Small Step For Crow, One Giant Leap For Crowkind’ by Kimberly Orr

2nd Place: #10 ‘Addams-Magic Beanstalk-OZ Warp’ by Hannah Cannon

3rd Place: #8 ‘Bee. Honey’ by S. Busack Family

4th Place: #12 ‘Stray Cat Strut’ by Lauryn Wilson

Honorable Mentions:

#4 ‘DIY My Head’ by Leanne Sebastian

#5 ‘Winey’ by Denise Webb

Show us your pink scarecrows to promote breast cancer awareness.
Ideas: Anything from personal heroes to animals as long as they’re pink!

Peddler’s Village is proud to support Pine2Pink benefitting local breast cancer patients in treatment and recovery.


1st Place: #3 ‘Crowin’ for a Cure’ by Paige Kauffman

2nd Place: #12 ‘Happy Howloween’ by Alesia Vassallo

3rd Place: #9 ‘Pink-Leficent’ by Susan Famularo

4th Place: #5 ‘Eileen Conner’ by Eileen Conner

Honorable Mentions:

#4 ‘Caring Pink Panther’ by Sophia Barere

#11 ‘Pink the Dog’ by Lora Cipriano

This category is for our 12-and-under guests. Have your child create a scarecrow that he or she would love!
Ideas: Favorite Superhero, Princess, or Cartoon Character


1st Place: #12 ‘The Joshua’ by Eric Enders

2nd Place: #4 ‘Pups Save the Scarecrows!’ by Kira, Kylie, Kayla Sebastian

3rd Place: #2 ‘Princess Mint to Scare’ by Girl Scout Troop 21456

4th Place: #8 ‘Hello Kitty’s Birthday Party’ by Josephine Stauffer

Honorable Mentions:

#3 ‘Coraline Jones in the Other World’ by Maria Murphy

#14 ‘Mr. Buckets’ by Faith Pileggi


1st Place: ‘Pooh’ by Sticky Situations

2nd Place: ‘Toy Story’ by Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream

3rd Place: ‘Cat Woman’ by FresCafe Food Co.

The Competition

Winners receive:
1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $175
3rd Place: $125
4th Place: $75
(2) Honorable Mentions: Apple Festival Package

Kid’s Only Category winners receive:
1st Place: 4 Activity Passes, 1 Pizza Pie, 4 Refillable Soft Drinks
2nd Place: 4 Activity Passes, 4 Pizza Slices, 500 Prize Tickets
3rd Place: 2 Activity Passes, 1000 Prize Tickets

Grand Prize: One overall winner will be picked out of the entries to be displayed in a special viewing area! This scarecrow will be judged on overall creativity, craftsmanship, adherence to category theme and wow factor. PRIZE: $350 · Dinner for 4 at Cock ‘n Bull

Winners will be posted online on October 18, 2019. Prizes will be mailed following the competition. Each of the six categories will have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and 4th place (Kids only! does not have a 4th place).


The public will vote on their favorite entries from September 9 – October 7. Vote via the new Peddler’s Village mobile app or pick up a paper ballot in any shops or restaurant. Download our mobile app to vote and to explore the Village! (Check out our new Village scavenger hunt, too.)

With Halloween comes around the Jack O’ Lanterns and scarecrows! And what better way to celebrate than DIY scarecrow ideas for kids to get in the festive mood? These fun scarecrow ideas will be a hit with your little one.

This Halloween celebrates the uniqueness of this unusual protector and have lots of fun with these easy do it yourself ideas. They are super easy and cute.

Some DIY Scarecrow Ideas For Kids That You Can Try

  1. Brown bag scarecrow decorations are fun and simple.
  2. Scarecrow doorknob hanger: A cut and paste craft for everyone to enjoy.
  3. Necktie Scarecrow Craft: A good gift for your grandma.
  4. Scarecrow candy necklace: Funny and yummy!
  5. Stick Scarecrow: Can be pasted anywhere to make the perfect Halloween decoration.
  6. Paper plate scarecrow ideas: This one can be done using paper plates and some stuff that you have lying around the house.

Take a look at the gallery below for more DIY scarecrow ideas for kids.

DIY Scarecrow Ideas For Kids To Make This Halloween

A little scarecrow looking out into the paddock. Pic source

Annual Scarecrow Contest. Pic source

Candy Scarecrows. Pic source

Cornwall Scarecrow. Pic source

Creative unique funny diy scarecrow. Pic source

Easy & Adorable DIY Scarecrow. Pic source

Fall Autumn Scarecrow Pumpkin. Pic source

Fall Scarecrow Decor! Pic source

Fall Scarecrow. Pic source

Fall Wood Sign Decorations. Pic source

Giant Candy Scarecrow. Pic source

Girlie scarecrow. Pic source

Granny On Duty in the side garden. Pic source

Human size scarecrow sculpt from polymer clay. Pic source

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Pic source

Madison Scarecrow Contest. Pic source

Primative Scarecrow. Pic source

Pumpkin head scarecrow. Pic source

Scarecrow display for neighborhood contest!!! Pic source

Scarecrow Diy Outdoor Halloween Decorations. Pic source

Scarecrow with Chicken. Pic source

Scarecrow. Pic source

Scarecrows for garden. Pic source

Special Scarecrows! Pic source

Stacee Droit – Arnett’s Country Store. Pic source

Try a lovely lady scare crow! Pic source

Unique funny and creative diy scarecrow. Pic source

Wedding scarecrows! Pic source

Wood angel scarecrow. Pic source

Wood scarecrow. Pic source


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