DIY Scarecrow & Snowman Decoration
I am so excited to share this fun & easy DIY Scarecrow & Snowman double sided outdoor holiday decoration. Phew, that is a long name for this piece of décor. We love to decorate inside when the holidays come around. We have quite a few storage containers just devoted to the holidays. But we tend to forget about decorating outside. I love seeing decorations outside & I don’t know why we seem to put that off. Except for Christmas lights. We do decorate the outside bushes and part of the house with lights. Back home, in California, there are a couple spots where the neighborhoods are all done up with lights and decorations. I have yet to find a neighborhood here in Vegas like that.
When I saw a photo of this scarecrow & snowman decoration on Pinterest, I thought I must make that! Okay, realistically I knew I was going to need the hubby’s help with this one. BUT, he loves building things & it gives him a good excuse to use his tools. Side note – one day, once we are settled down, we hope to have a place with plenty of room for his own work area. But for now the drive way and half of the garage will work just fine.
One day, my husband tells me we are going to Lowe’s to go buy the items needed to build this. I knew there had to be a catch to it being so easy since I hadn’t officially asked for his help. He knows me too well & most likely didn’t even need me to ask. He just knew I was going to need help. The catch: I needed to do the staining and painting. DANGIT! Here I was thinking he would end up doing the whole thing for me. Hehe, I actually was happy to “help him” and learned a few new things when it came to sanding & staining.
Besides needing something to cut the wood with, this project is fairly easy. This is our version without using any nails and/or screws. All we used was wood glue! I love how it turned out & it’s very sturdy. You can make this any size you want. And add any face you want. I have also seen some with some floral decorations on the brim of the hats. Get creative & please share! I would love to see other versions of this.
- 2 – 1’’ x 4’’ x 8’ whitewood board $3.00/each
- 1 – 1’’ x 3’’ x 6’ whitewood board $2.00/each
- Gorilla Wood Glue $4.50
- Tape measure
- Table saw or jointer
- Nail gun or nails and hammer (optional)
- Painters tape
- Black Spray Paint
- White Paint
- Wood Stain – 2 colors (I used Minwax)
- Paint Brushes
- Craft Paints (I used Black, Orange, Light Blue and Rose)
How to build
1. Pick out the wood you need. You can customize this decoration so many ways. You may need more or less of what I have listed in the materials.
2. Measure to the middle of each 8′ board. (You are cutting each board in half.) There will be a total of four 4′ pieces
3. You will cut both pieces in half on the mark that you made. Some hardware stores will cut the wood for you if you are not able to cut it yourself.
4. We then took the 6′ board and placed it on the main structure. (Nothing is glued or nailed yet.) We eye balled how long we wanted the brim of the hate to be. Then measured it to make sure it was even on each side of the structure. It was then cut to have 2 equals pieces. One for the front & one for the back.
5. Take the Gorilla glue and glue each board to each other. Once you have done that, take 2 clamps and clamp together the 4 pieces of wood.
6. Take the wood (cut for the brim of the hat) and place glue along the middle of it. There will be some wood sticking out from the main structure so you don’t want any glue towards the ends. We then clamped both sides to each other.
**I did sand the whole thing a bit and learned a little something about sanding. Make sure you sand with the grain, not against it. I’m sure this is well known tip but I was completely clueless about that.
7. Using painters tape, mark off the bottom half of the structure. We even put tape on along the inside of the “hat”. We first painted the top half with a darker stain. You can easily use craft paint. We wanted to still be able to see the wood grain through the color. Then we removed the tape and carefully painted the bottom half.
8. Once the one side has tried, we completely covered the bottom half of the back side. We used black spray paint for the “hat”. It took about 2 heavy coats of paint. Once that was dried, we took white craft paint and painted the bottom half. I didn’t make it look to heavy with the white. I wanted to leave some of the wood grain showing and make it look a little distressed.
9. For the final step, we didn’t get any photos. Once it was all dry, we just hand painted the faces on both sides. I have to give major credit to my husband on this one. I painted the snowman which was pretty simple. Well he went above & beyond and painted the scarecrow face. He pays so much attention to detail, I’m a little spoiled. =] He even added the little patch on the hat.
I love how you can customize this in so many ways! I hope you enjoyed and maybe even plan on making one yourself. Please share!
all photos by me