DIY Scarecrow Costume Hat
I grew up in the country, and, as a child, we would decorate for Autumn with some of the same essential elements every year.
The cornstalk teepee, pumpkins, a hay bale or two, and a blow mold light-up that sat in our front window.
Our childhood blow mold light-up. I still have it.
Then there was the scarecrow which we fashioned from old clothing, a ratty old hat, and straw.
And, even though we were surrounded by fields and had a large garden, we stood him in the yard, where he served more as a prop to passersby than as an agent for bird diversion.
This year, I decided to build my own scarecrow. Not for the yard, but for me to wear.
After digging in my stash bins, I found a deep brown, conical hat with two strands of twine as a band – sturdy construction but a little drab for a costume accessory.
No worries, we’ll fix all that with an unbelievably simple DIY. And all we need is a bit of trim, some scrap fabric, a few florals, and a glue gun.
I went with the sweet scarecrow here by using bright florals and ribbon. I frayed my patches but didn’t over-distress them.
For a more wicked effect, use darker colors, add ink, stains, or dyes to your patches and distress the hat with sandpaper to give it a more weathered and sinister appearance.
Either way, this DIY scarecrow costume hat hack will get you party-ready in no time.
Let’s get started.
A Not So Scary Scarecrow
We will need:
Assorted fabric scraps
Making A DIY Scarecrow Costume Hat
First, cut six small squares from the scrap fabric. Mine are approximately 2 1/2″ square.
Next, fray the edges to give a more weathered look or, if preferred, use pinking shears to distress.
Take an assortment of your trims and loosely entwine them together.
Hot glue the trims around the hat at the base of the brim and add your florals.
Next, stack two patches together at odd angles and, using the embroidery floss, stitch them together.
Hot glue the patches to the hat.
Finally, add embellishments. I opted to add a few Autumn bells to my hat.
All Dressed Up And Ready To Crow
That’s it! Your DIY scarecrow costume hat is ready to wear!