Scarecrow Trail

Villagers are invited to create their own unique scarecrows, forming part of a brilliant Scarecrow Trail.

A massive thank you to Dawn Narborough and Gail Lowe who are coordinating the Scarecrow Trail for the Duffield Arts Festival!

It's a great thing for everyone to be involved in, whatever age. So Duffield folk, let's start to think what wonderful scarecrows we will make! To register your scarecrow, send the title and where it will be to [email protected]

The theme is 'Our favourite Book'. For the trail scarecrows will need to be put out midday on the 17th of September. Scarecrows will be voted on and winners will be announced at a very special afternoon tea at the Weston Centre on the 2nd of October.

Scarecrow Making Tips

If you're considering making a scarecrow for the scarecrow trail have a look at our scarecrow making tips below for some ideas to get you started.

Scarecrow making is a terrific craft project for the whole family to enjoy. You don't need to be a great artist or be a carpenter to make a wonderful scarecrow. You just need some imagination and be willing to have a go.

Think about the theme of the scarecrow trail "our favourite book". Choose your character and decide which characteristics will make it instantly recognisable.

Here is an example of what you might need to make your scarecrow, but it's construction is not limited in anyway. You can use whatever else you find that will do the job just as well.

  • 6ft long 2x4 wood or an old broomstick
  • 2ft long 2x4 wood or an old broomstick
  • newspaper or straw
  • an old pillow case or covered ball for the head
  • novelty face
  • props

To make the scarecrow frame, nail the wood together to form a cross. Alternatively scarecrows could be seated or used with other props. Draw a face on one side of the pillow case near the centre and stuff with newspaper. Tie some trouser legs shut and stuff full of newspaper, then nail to the frame.

Put the shirt on the frame, tie the sleeve cuffs and waist closed then stuff with newspaper. Attach the head to the top of the frame. Add accessories and props.

You can find many ideas for making scarecrows on the internet. You tube has a wealth of "how to" clips if you'd like to see a demonstration, just search for "how to make a scarecrow".