- Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Paper Grocery Bag
- Coat Hanger
- 6-inch Paper Plate
- Fabric Scraps
- Artificial Fall Leaves
- Construction Paper
- Paint, Crayons, or Markers
- Hole Puncher
- Craft Glue
This is how Mary Lou did this craft in a first grade class with limited time. You can let older children or children with more time complete some or all of the preparation steps themselves.
Start off by preparing the paper bag. Cut off the bottom of the paper bag and remove side seam. Fold the bag in half, the folded end will be the top of the scarecrow. Cut a hole approximately 5-inches square in the middle of the folded end (This can be seen in the photo of back of scarecrow, which can be seen by clicking on the scarecrow photo posted here.) This is where the top of the hanger will come out.
With the bag still folded, cut the shape of sleeves and overalls. Using scissors, cut small slits in the end of the sleeves to fringe it so it resembles hay. Drape the bag over the coat hanger so the hook of the coat hanger comes out of the 5-inch hole you cut. Staple around the edge of the paper bag body, leaving only the ends of the sleeves open.
Punch holes at even intervals around the legs of the overalls. Use blue paint to make the overalls on the body. Set it aside so the paint can dry.
Staple the paper plate onto the neck of the body where the hanger and 5-inch hole is. Use construction paper, folded in the middle, to cut a hat shape. Staple the hat onto the plate also staple the hat sides closed.
Cut triangle shapes from the felt for the eyes and nose (you could also use buttons). Using black construction paper, cut out crow shapes (I used two per scarecrow for a 3d effect). Now you are ready to decorate.
Using crayons or markers, color a plaid (or other type) shirt on the sleeves and body of the scarecrow. Glue fabric scraps and buttons on the overalls and hat. Glue felt or button eyes and nose on the paper plate face. Use marker to draw the mouth.
Staple the crow on the shoulder. Staple an artificial fall leaf on either side of the head. Lace yarn around the legs of the overalls. Stuff a little newspaper or other scrap paper into the body through the arm holes to give the scarecrow a pillow look. Now hang your wonderful scarecrow in a prominent location.
Check out this paper scarecrow craft submitted by Laura Cleveland.