Introduction: Scarecrow

About: No more fun than demolition, designing, building, experimenting! I like making things on a really low budget , so most people in this world, who are poor, might benefit from my ideas

Scarecrow for Halloween!

Some sticks
Old clothes
Sheep head (or pig, goat, cow, human etc...)
Optional: some paint, red LEDs

A sheep's head can be easily obtained in a Turkish/ middle eastern store. Cook the head for ca. 2 hrs. Too short: much meat will stick to skull, too long: cartilage and thin bone will dissolve.

The meat from the jaw muscles and tongue tastes great!!!, the broth is great for soup or stew. Try the eyeballs!!!. Eating meat from a cows head involves some risk: mad cow disease (Creutzfeld Jacob).

Build the scarecrow frame with help of wire, screws or tape. Put the clothes on. Fill with straw (in my case, cuttings of spent flowers)

The lower jaw of a sheep has some soft tissue in front. They come apart while cooking. Both parts need to be wired together, and the jaw needs to be wired to the skull. This wire can also be used to suspend the skull on the frame.
Perhaps the skull needs to be propped up somewhat, by a small piece of wood or so.

Painting some blood and satanic symbols on the skull completes the job. 2 red bike lights in the eye sockets works great at dusk or later...

I did not remove the brain: as a bonus, maggots will start dropping from the nose in a few days!!!!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    You should post this as a full Instructable.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I think it is really too simple for a full instructable: anyone should be able to make the body of a scarecrow. Obtaining a suitable head will be different depending on location. Cooking the head will depend on its size, the cooking pan, and probably the species.  Just checking every 15 min, and probing with a table knife will tell when it is ready. There must be recipes on line as well (I never use them, always improvise).

    Did not have time yet, but hope to post some more pics when the weather gets more gloomy...