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Scarecrow with how to make a scarecrow wooden sign hanging from neck, set against an orange background

How To Make A Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is easy once you know the basics and the very first thing to do is make a frame in the desired shape for your creation. One of the best materials for the construction of the frame is a length of timber 4×2 which is relatively inexpensive and widely available from hardwares, builders suppliers and timber yards. 
A cross shaped frame establishes the main support and shoulders, or arms if you require them straight across. If you need to have the arms in an alternative pose, this can easily be achieved by cutting and affixing the 4×2 to the desired dimensions. Likewise for the legs, the timber can be used again or simply stuff an old trousers with filling if your scarecrow is going to be in a straightforward standing pose.
The obvious choice for filling is of course straw, but this is not always available, but you can improvise with any number of materials to give your creation form. 
Afterwards if yo do acquire some straw you can embellish the scarecrow at the sleeve ends on arms, the neck area, waist area and at the ankles, which gives the appearance that the material has been used throughout. 

Below is a video which will give you lots of tips on how to get your project started. So have a look, then give it a go and who knows, you could crowned this year’s All-Ireland Scarecrow Champion in August!

All Ireland Scarecrow Championship

Entry Forms are now available for the All Ireland Scarecrow Championship 2022. Just click on the link below to get your entry booked in. We cannot wait to see all the amazing creations, as year after year we are simply bowled over by the cleverness, humour and artistry that is on display! Choosing a winner is never an easy task!

26 May 2019

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy

The Walk is based on Marie Moylan’s Historical Map of Durrow and will follow the route of same. The earliest record of Durrow dates back to 546 A.D. and the walk will take you along to visit many distinctive buildings including the Courthouse, The Famine Memorial, the Castle, the Castle Gate Lodge and the Obelisk (in the Castle grounds). This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of Durrow.

This is a free Event through DDF/Durrow Scarecrow Festival but requires booking for numbers. Book Here!

Allow a minumum of 1 hour for the walk but may take more time.

Meet at the Scarecrow Village Entrance ten minutes before the start of the walk, wear comfertable shoes or hiking boots, this walk is part village and part countryside.

Times & Dates

Wednesday July 31st at 2:00pm

Friday August 2nd at 7:00pm

Durrow Laois Historical Walk in conjunction with Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy The Walk is based on Marie Moylan’s Historical Map of Durrow and will follow the route of same. The earliest record of Durrow dates back to 546 A.D.

20 May 2019
Bernard O'Shea to open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

Bernard O’Shea to Officially Open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

Scarecrow Village @3pm Sunday July 28th.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival is all about fun and laughter, so who better to officially open our tenth anniversary event in 2019, than our very own Bernard O’Shea. A native of Durrow, Bernard’s comedic value continues to soar, and we are always delighted to proudly welcome him home!!

Events on the opening day, Sunday 28th July, get underway from 11am, and Bernard will officially open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019, in the Scarecrow Village, at 3pm! So be sure to come along! The laughs are guaranteed!!!!

Check out all Sunday’s Events

Sunday 28th July

3PM in the Scarecrow Village: Durrow’s funniest export, Bernard O’Shea will officially open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019!


19 Apr 2019

Shortlisted for Best Festival in Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards

Durrow Scarecrow Festival.

Shortlisted for Best Festival Award.

We are thrilled to learn, that following the public voting phase of the 2019 Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards, Durrow Scarecrow Festival has been shortlisted in the category of Best Festival.

The Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards celebrate excellence in Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and entertainment venues in counties Laois, Offaly and Westmeath. Judging will take place in almost 50 categories, before the winners are crowned at a gala awards ceremony in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore.

We thank everyone who voted for us, and we hope to deliver yet another family friendly, fun filled festival in 2019, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary year!

Find out all about the 2019 Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards, by following the link below!

Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards 2019

The Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards celebrate excellence in Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and entertainment venues in counties Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 10th Anniversary
Durrow Scarecrow Festival 10th Anniversary
30 Mar 2019

Europe’s Largest Slide at Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

10th Anniversary Festival 2019.

Miami Slide: Europe’s Largest Slide!!

As it’s our 10th Anniversary, Scarecrow Festival, we really are trying to make it that extra bit special, and bringing the biggest slide in Europe, is sure to excite all! The slide can be used by both kids and adults, if the adults are up to the challenge that is!!! We know the kids are!

Europe’s Largest Slide – The Miami Slide is at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival for all nine day’s!!!

Please Note – The Miami Slide is located in The Ranch: OPENING HOURS 11am – 6pm Daily.

Scats Bouncing Castles proudly present you with the Miami slide, which is the biggest slide in Europe. This Slide really has the WOW factor & is set to be a huge hit at this year’s Scarecrow Festival.
This Massive Slide will be visible from afar & is sure to attract all you thrill seekers out there.
It is suitable for kids as well as for adults.
The Miami Slide
The Miami Slide


The Miami Slide – Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019


Monday 29th July-Friday 2nd August.
11am until 1.45pm daily.
13 Sep 2018

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2018

Well the curtain has come down on another successful Durrow Scarecrow Festival and we have had time to draw our breath. The 2018 event brought thousands of people to Durrow for a fun filled nine days and the news spread near and far of our wonderful scarecrows.

Durrow Development Forum would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and all those who supplied their services free of charge or land for parking. A special thanks to our scarecrow makers. We cannot express our appreciation enough to our many volunteers who continue to donate their time before, during and after the Festival, your commitment is what makes this event so successful.

To An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and our Community Employment Scheme – thank you all for your support.

Finally, a big thank you to all the visitors who attended the festival, we hope you enjoyed it and we would love to see you again next year.

Text Thanks To: Daniel Dunne at

13 Sep 2018

Durrow Scarecrow Festival branding gets a fresh lick of paint!

If you were at it or were following the Durrow Scarecrow Festival this year you might have noticed that the festival got a rebrand with a bright fresh new logo which was carried on all our promotional material including a new website, signage, programme and social media … everywhere!.

The fun scarecrow with his crow buddy was everywhere around the town. The work was carried out by Mike McCarthy at Creactive Studios, based in Mountmellick. We loved it and a big thank you for all the enthusiasm and creativity.

Check out his website and work here at

27 Aug 2018

Mary Ryan receives the 2018 Community Endeavour Award at this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival

A big congratulations to Mary Ryan who was presented with the Community Endeavour Award for 2018 during the recent Durrow Scarecrow Festival. A fantastic worker in the community, it was an award well deserved.

Mary was involved with the Durrow Carnival and was a repeat winner at Fancy Dress Parade that was a feature of the Annual Carnival. Mary was also involved in the Badminton Club where she played for years winning trophies and awards. Mary was also a driving force behind the Lord Mayor campaign to build the Community Hall. She also was an active member of the local ICA group, serving a term as president.

Mary was very involved in the Church helping with all communions, confirmations, special events, making Altar drops and decorations for the Church for lots of occasions, and also involved with the Apostolic Society. Mary also organised the Blood Bank coming to Durrow while it ran in the Community Hall. Mary is also a member of the Cullohill and Durrow Flower Club and always is on hand to help with our local School plays and Scarecrow Summer Camps where she has designed, altered, transformed, re-used and created many costumes and she has also taught knitting, sewing, crafts, etc.

Outside of Durrow, Mary helps with Laois Riding for Disabled, volunteers for the Special Olympics and was involved with the Make Believers Charity. Ultimately, the person you go to when, you are in a bind, Mary has always and continues to be a great help to everyone in the community and this award to her is truly deserved. Congratulations Mary!

Text Thanks To: Daniel Dunne at

25 Jul 2018

Bank of Ireland to open over the August Bank Holiday Weekend

A big thank you to Bank of Ireland who will open the bank specifically for the Scarecrow Festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. They will be open from 12-4pm on the Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Bank Holiday Monday 6th August.

We are very thankful to them for doing this and it will be a great help to all the visitors who will be attending the festival. Again, hats off!

24 Jul 2018

Take The Leafy Loop at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival

The Laois Walks Festival goes from strength to strength and one of their walks happens to coincide with the Durrow Scarecrow festival – The Durrow Leafy Loop Walk brings you through woodland, farmland and riverbanks with a delightfully rich abundance of flora and fauna.

The walk takes place on Tuesday 31st July, meeting at the Square Durrow at 7.30pm – this is a Grade A walk of 12 km and should take 3-4 hours.
Grid Ref: S412787 

Check out the full Laois Walks Festival brochure here