DIY Pallet Fall Scarecrow

by | Nov 23, 2018 | Pallet Projects | 0 comments

Is there no end to the amount of awesome DIY projects with pallets? At this point, there is no end in sight. Let’s just face the facts here and accept that there might be an unlimited number of pallet crafts. The future looks bright! So, without further ado, here is another amazing pallet scarecrow project to spruce up your front porch. This project is easy to do and will definitely evoke feelings of envy from your neighbors, the Jones’.

Supplies Needed

  • 2 inch nails (4)
  • 1 inch nails (2)
  • Wooden stake (2 in. x 10 in.)
  • 1 large pallet board cut down (5 1/2 in. x 15 in.)
  • 3 regular pallet boards
  • 2 pallet boards cut shorter (4 in. x 14 in.)
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Medium walnut stain
  • Dark walnut stain
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Paint (black, white, orange, pink)
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Saw


Step 1. Cut all of your pallet boards to size

Take your saw and cut the pallet boards into the right sizes. You will need a 5 1/2 in. x 15 in. board, 4 in. x 14 in. boards, and a 2 in. x 10 in. board. Sand all of the boards down to make them smooth.

pallet pieces cut to size


Step 2. Drill holes into your wood stake and large pallet board

Drill 2 holes into the large 5 1/2 in. x 15 in. board, directly in the middle and about 4 inches from the ends. Place the 2 in. x 10 in. wood stake in the center of your large 5 1/2 in. x 15in. board. Using the 2 inch nails, screw the wood stake to the large board.

pre-drill hole into base

Screws in the bottom of the large board base

stake screwed on to make the base


Step 3. Screw in the pallet boards to the base

Line up your 3 pallet boards on the 2 in. x 10 in. stake. Drill 3 holes through the stake and the pallet boards. Screw in each pallet with a 1 inch nail.

pre drill and screw in pallet to base

Drilling a hole into the stake and pallet board

3 pallet boards screwed to the base


Step 4. Add the “hat” to the pallet boards

Take one of your 4 in. x 14 in. and place in the middle of the three long pallet boards. I decided to slant the boards a little bit to make the “hat” look slanted on the head of the scarecrow. On the opposite side of the three pallet boards, line up your other 4 in. x 14 in. board with the first board you placed. Drill two holes going through both 4 in. x 14 in. boards and the two end long pallet boards. Screw them all together with two 2 in. screws.

predrill the hat to the 3 pallets

screw 14_ hat board to secure the 3 pallets

pallet scarecrow ready to paint


Step 5. Stain the scarecrow

Take your stains and stain the scarecrow. I chose medium walnut stain for the face and dark walnut for the “hat”. Allow the stain to dry.

stain for face and hat

stain the face with medium walnut

The face stained with medium walnut

Dark walnut stain on the hat of the scarecrow


Step 6. Draw the face on the scarecrow

Using a pencil, draw the outline of the scarecrow’s face. After you’ve penciled in the face how you’d like, trace over the pencil marks with a black marker. This will help you see the outline a little bit better.

Using a pencil to draw the face on the scarecrow

Outline the face of the scarecrow in marker


Step 7. Paint the scarecrow’s face

Using the colors you chose, paint the face of the scarecrow. For this project, I chose white and black paint for the eyes, orange paint for the nose, and black and pink paint for the mouth and cheeks.

Painting the eyes and nose of the scarecrow

Painting the blush on the mouth of the scarecrow


Step 8. Distress the blush

The pink of the blush for the scarecrow’s cheeks is pretty bold. To tone it down a bit and to give it a better look, distress the pink cheeks with sandpaper.

Sanding the pink blush cheeks of the scarecrow to give a distressed look


If you want to increase the longevity of your pallet scarecrow project, you can spray the whole thing with clear sealant. Make sure you let it dry. That’s it! Now you have an amazing pallet scarecrow that will be sure to turn heads.

DIY Pallet scarecrow project