DIY Project Wood Scrap Scarecrow ~ My Garden Maiden

Wood Scrap Scarecrow

Wood Scrap Scarecrow

Have you ever made a scarecrow? Basic tools and limited carpentry skills are all you need to build this simple frame for a fun garden accent. So, what are you waiting for? Get out your saw and power drill and let’s get to work!

Scrap lumber was used for the scarecrow’s shoulder section and torso. One 5-foot long garden stake was enough for the upper and lower arms and neck pieces.

Scarecrow Directions

Scarecrow Frame Directions

Screwing the pieces together and attaching the wing nuts at the shoulders and elbows created the scarecrow frame. Make sure to label upper and lower arm pieces before you drill holes for the joints. You can see I missed one! No big deal, her hands will cover that extra hole.

Scarecrow Frame

Completed Scarecrow Frame

A Goodwill shirt and floral dress were put on the frame, and the Garden Maiden started to emerge. Then a pair of garden gloves was rubber-banded to her lower arms for hands. Because every gardener needs a hat, the Garden Maiden was given a pretty straw bonnet decorated with silk flowers.

scare crow hands

Garden Glove Hands!

Wing nuts at the scarecrow’s shoulders and elbows made the shoulders and elbows adjustable. Now she could pose and hold garden items on her arm!

making a scarecrow

Use wing nuts for adjustable arms & elbows!

Now she was all finished and ready to become a garden accent. Trying to decide on a spot to show herself off, the Garden Maiden first planted herself firmly by the Limelight Hydrangeas. But their many blooms were stealing this diva’s thunder, so she had to move.

pretty scarecrow

Garden Maiden in the Hydrangea bed.

Next, she tried the flowerbed by the side of the driveway. But it was too hot for this delicate flower.

Pretty Scarecrow

Garden Maiden

And here is where she settled in, right by the arbor in the Shade Garden. In this location, she will be able to greet passers-by and welcome them to visit our garden. But, she’s a restless one. Who knows where she might pop up next?

Garden Maiden

Garden Maiden by the Shade Garden arbor.

Help name our woodscrap scarecrow! She’s too pretty not to have one. Leave a comment below this article with your suggestion, please!

Here’s another version of my scarecrow with small pots for hands!

Pretty Scarecrow

Scarecrow with flowerpot hands


Garden Lady Scarecrow

Click here for more! Garden Lady Scarecrow from our former garden!


























* See how to make a birdfeeder for free from Christine at Rustic & Refined!

* Turn a poster into a painting with Cynthia of Feeding Big

* Decorate your garden the thrifty way with Time with Thea

* Heather at New House, New Home, New Life has some great garden decor !


26 Responses so far.

  1. Christine says:

    Oh wow how adorable! I cannot believe you made her out of leftover wood…and you made it look so easy I would have thought her frame would have had to be more complicated…so great! And that first black dress with the bold flowers reminds me of Daisy Mae of Dukes of Hazzard…I’d call her Daisy Mae. Wonderful job my friend!

    • Barb says:

      Daisy Mae is a great name and my first suggestion so far! Woodscrap scarecrows are really easy to make! Believe me, I have very basic skills in the woodworking department!

  2. Heather says:

    You’ve done it again, my friend!! Another awesome piece for your gorgeous garden! Thanks for being part of the Yard Art Ladies Outdoor Art Fest!

  3. Melissa says:

    I love her but I have to say, if I wandered into your garden she’d probably scare the daylights out of me (for a split second), thinking it’s a person. lol. As for names, I’m pretty sure her name is Margaret.

    • Barb says:

      I have a couple of neighbors who did a double take the first time they saw her! She is a “scare” crow after all, just doing her job :) (And, Margaret has a nice ring to it!)

  4. Cynthia L says:

    What a great idea and I love the dress you found for her! I think I see a new project in my future!

  5. Judy A Muche says:

    What a fun and easy DIY! She is adorable…

  6. Patti says:

    Love this. She is sooo stylish!

  7. Thea says:

    This really is fabulous garden decor. I really love how stylish and pretty your scarecrow looks! Very unique and creative!

    • Barb says:

      Many thanks, Thea! I have made many of these little stick scarecrows over the years and they all take on a personality of their own!

  8. Martha Franks says:

    I knew when I saw this adorable gal: her name is Melanie!

    • Barb says:

      That’s a lovely name! So glad you like her, too! I’ve had so many suggestions, I’ll need to draw one from my garden hat! :)

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    barb i do love this scare crow lady and i am sure i can make one yours looks like miss tilly to me xx

    • Barb says:

      Great name suggestion, Chris! You absolutely can make this scarecrow – I am not that handy and it took me about an hour!

  10. Angela Manus says:

    I think she looks like a ‘Maisie’.

  11. oh I love these! so creative! :)

  12. Barb – I love this scarecrow! She looks so cute standing there under the arbor!

  13. Brenda Aliff says:

    Love the Lady of the Garden. I think she’s Annabelle. At least, mine will be.

    • Barb says:

      So glad to hear you will be making a wood scrap scarecrow too, Brenda! I’d love it if you would share pictures when you make your Annabelle!


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