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Paper Bag Scarecrow – Crafts by Amanda


Turn an ordinary lunch bag and a few simple supplies into this adorable paper bag scarecrow! Our scarecrow has a sturdy handle, making it great for play time.

little boy holding paper bag scarecrow

why this project works

It’s likely that you already have all or most of the craft supplies on hand. If not, you should be able to find them all at the dollar store, making this a fun and frugal craft.

This craft turns into a toy, perfect for a puppet show or to use as porch decor!

Close-up of a scarecrow made of paper plates

Useful Project Information:

  • Age Level: 5 and up
  • Dirt Factor: less (though glue can be messy)
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Completion Time: less than 15 minutes
  • Cost estimate: less than $1.00 each

craft materials you will need

Labeled Supplies for Making a Paper Bag Scarecrow
Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make a Paper Bag Scarecrow

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

  1. Trace the hat pattern onto white or brown construction paper. cut out. Sew a few stitches on the rim and top of the hat, making a tic-tac-toe symbol.
stitch on paper hat
  1. catch paper bag On the work surface with the flap side facing down. glue googly eyes about three inches from the top of the bag.
gluing googly eyes to paper bags
  1. Cut a triangle out of orange construction paper for the nose. Apply glue to the place slightly below the middle of the eyes.
  2. Cut two spheres out of pink construction paper for the cheeks. Apply glue to either side of the nose and draw a smile from the bottom of one circle to the other. Put some stitches on the mouth.
  3. Use a marker to draw eyebrows above the eyes.
draw eyebrows on paper bag scarecrow
  1. turn yellow construction paper In half, greeting card style. Cut along the twist so you have two pieces. Cut one piece into thin strips. Starting at the top of the bag, glue a few strips so that they hang down like hair. Cut a few strips shorter for the bangs.
yellow paper cutting
  1. Cut a strip of brown construction paper to affix as a band to the top of the hat. Cut the top of the hat brim piece with fringe- or scissors. Baste the brim to the top of the hat so that it partially covers the brown brim.
sticking foam in paper bag
gluing the hat pieces to the paper plate
  1. glue the yellow foam flowers to the hat. cut a circle out of brown construction paper And stick it on the center of the flower.
adding flowers to the hat
  1. Stick the hat on top of the yellow hair.
  2. Carefully fill the bag with crumpled newspaper.
filling the bag with crumpled newspaper
  1. Coat the first three inches of the paint stir stick with glue and insert it into the bottom of the bag.
applying glue to paint stir stick
  1. Twist the bag around the stirrer stick, being careful not to let the end of the bag stick to the stirrer.
  2. tie a tape Around the end of the bag, about two inches above the bottom. Tie the ribbon in a tight knot and then tie it in a bow to close the bag.
  3. Cut some leftover yellow strips in half or thirds and glue them to the bottom of the bag.
put the yellow paper strip in the bottom of the paper bag

Move your scarecrow to the stir stick.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • Even small children can join in the fun. To make it easier for them, an adult can cut out the pattern first.
  • Construction paper and craft foam can be used interchangeably.
  • Home improvement stores will give you free paint stir sticks if you ask.

This adorable paper bag scarecrow is a lovely autumn craft for kids. Make several to display on your fall-decorated front porch!

little boy smiling at his paper bag scarecrow

what our readers are saying


little boy holding paper bag scarecrow

Taylor, Sam and I (well, Sam didn’t really help much, he’s only 2), but Taylor—6 on Monday—and I made two scarecrows yesterday. As cute and as simple as can be. Taylor did most of the cutting and pen drawing and did a great job. He did all the gluing (admittedly, the funniest part, okay.)

Thanks for the fun ideas!

~Katrina

smiling little boy holding paper bag scarecrow

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You can print the free hat pattern here.

boy holding paper bag scarecrow

print project

paper bag scarecrow

This adorable paper bag scarecrow is a cute fall craft for kids. Make several to display on your fall-decorated front porch!

prep time5 minutes

crafting time10 minutes

total time15 minutes

age category: kids crafts

Project Type: craft

Author: DIY Craft Ideas Hub

supply

  • brown paper lunch bag
  • white craft glue
  • 2 medium googly eyes
  • 2 Feet ribbon in fall colors
  • 1 paint stirrer
  • 2 sheet of newspaper
  • black marker
  • orange foam flower
  • construction paper: white/brown Brown, Yellow, Pink, Orange
  • paper bag scarecrow hat pattern

Instruction

  • Trace the hat pattern onto white or brown construction paper. cut out. Sew a few stitches on the rim and top of the hat, making a tic-tac-toe symbol.

  • Place the paper bag on the work surface with the flap side facing down. Glue the googly eyes about three inches from the top of the bag.

  • Cut a triangle out of orange construction paper for the nose. Apply glue to the place slightly below the middle of the eyes.

  • Cut two spheres out of pink construction paper for the cheeks. Apply glue to either side of the nose and draw a smile from the bottom of one circle to the other. Put some stitches on the mouth.

  • Use a marker to draw eyebrows above the eyes.

  • Fold yellow construction paper in half greeting card style. Cut along the twist so you have two pieces. Cut one piece into thin strips. Starting at the top of the bag, glue a few strips so that they hang down like hair. Cut a few strips shorter for the bangs.

  • Cut a strip of brown construction paper to affix as a band to the top of the hat. Cut the top of the hat brim piece with fringe- or scissors. Baste the brim to the top of the hat so that it partially covers the brown brim.

  • Stick the yellow foam flower on the hat. Cut a circle out of brown construction paper and glue it to the center of the flower.

  • Stick the hat on top of the yellow hair.

  • Carefully fill the bag with crumpled newspaper.

  • Coat the first three inches of the paint stir stick with glue and insert it into the bottom of the bag.

  • Twist the bag around the stirrer stick, being careful not to let the end of the bag stick to the stirrer.

  • Tie a ribbon around the edge of the bag about two inches above the bottom. Tie the ribbon in a tight knot and then tie it in a bow to close the bag.

  • Cut some leftover yellow strips in half or thirds and glue them to the bottom of the bag.

  • Move your scarecrow to the stir stick.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • Even small children can join in the fun. To make it easier for them, someone older can cut out the pattern first.
  • Construction paper and craft foam can be used interchangeably.
  • Home improvement stores will give you free paint stir sticks if you ask.
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