Martha Stewart Living, Volume 143 October 2005
Lay out clothes and heads for scarecrows: For father and son, make the vertical stake 1 1/2 feet longer than clothes and head; for mother, 3 feet. The horizontal piece should be a few inches shorter than the span of the sleeves.
Before you begin, cut the wooden pieces to size or have it done at a lumberyard or hardware store; the vertical piece should have a point at the bottom.
Create a cross, laying the shorter wooden piece horizontally across the longer one, 6 inches from top. Drill a hole through center of cross (for father, drill two holes about 2 inches apart). Place vertical piece inside shirt, and put horizontal piece through sleeves; join the two pieces with a wood screw (for father, use 2).
Stuff shirt with hay. Pull vertical stake through one leg of pants; stuff pants with hay.
Tuck shirt into pants; sew shirt and pants together with needle and thread.
Dig a hole. Use mallet to drive in stake about 1 foot or until secure. Fill hole with dirt.
Fill head with hay for a snug fit. Place on stake. You'll need a full slip under the dress to hold stuffing.
Follow the instructions on the previous page. Paint vertical stake black; let dry.
Place vertical stake inside full slip and dress and put the horizontal piece through the straps and sleeves, as done with the other scarecrow.
Stuff slip and sleeves with hay; leave about 6 inches of space at bottom of slip.
Gather slip tightly around stake; staple to stake with a staple gun. Dig a hole. Use mallet to drive in stake about 1 foot or until secure. Fill hole with dirt. Fill head with hay for a snug fit. Place on stake.
2 one-by-twos (for mother or son) or 2 one-by-fours (for father), cut to size
1 wood screw (for mother or son) or 2 wood screws (for father)
Bale of hay needle and thread
Foam pumpkin, carved as desired
Stuff and dress a family of pumpkin heads, and they will cast a spell over the neighborhood.