Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How To Make a Cheap and Scary Scarecrow Head

Simple components: Stryofoam head, straight pins, burlap (a yard will do), Elmer's glue, paint brush, paints (black, rust, straw color).

Begin with what you need - styrofoam head (see link above and also Michael's store is carrying them), Elmer's glue, paint brush, black acrylic paint, straw colored acrylic paint, rust acrylic paint, and a yard of burlap.

Carve out eye sockets to be big holes. Carve out mouth so it's a grimacing hole. Carve out cheekbone slashes like skeleton look.

Mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water. Cut burlap into uneven pieces. Fray the edges by pulling on them and letting strings unravel. Dip into the glue/water mix, wring it out and place around the head. Use straight pins to pin it down on curves so it sticks. In a few hours it will dry hard.

Now, take black paint and thin out with some water - about 2 parts black paint to one part water. Dip brush into it, now push brush into the pores of the burlap so the black goes into the holes. Take a baby wipe and immediately wipe the surface of the fibers off so they aren't really black. 

Once you've done the whole thing like this, leave the recessed cracks and crevices blackish, but take the straw paint on the brush and wipe some off so it's not too gooey, just kinda dry brush. Brush over the top of burlap lightly to bring back the burlap color. Don't worry about doing this evenly. Make it staggered in color intensity. Leave deep areas like sockets, cheekbones and under hood dark. 

The last touches are to take some rust paint and mix with water like you did with the black paint. Drag the brush from top of forehead down eye area, cheek, to chin like water drips. Brush a bit here and there randomly all over to add some weathering.

I added a fake crow pinned to the top with a hair pin and then put some feathers in the scarecrow's mouth protruding in all directions as if he ate a bird.

Here's my video to learn it - 

My next project will be a screaming banshee and I will share that on the blog when it's done. I will also be sharing tons of how-to's for Halloween from now until the magic season.

If you like my twist on horror, enjoy my books and my art.


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    1. You could. I'd cover the styrofoam head in saran wrap and then do the gluing up of the pieces on it. Leave eyes naked and nose holes. Then, when it's dry and set - give it about 24 hours - cut it up the back of the head and remove from the styrofoam mold. If you want to wear it/ Wear tan makeup around your eyes so they look good in the holes. I'd wear a hat that would hold the mask on. It'd be an easier way to hold it closed. The other possibility is to use velcro to close in back. Good luck!

  2. That's awesome! Love how scary it looks and how easy it was to create!!! Wicked good!