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DIY Paper Plate Scarecrow

Winter might have set in in a lot of places by now, but we’re actually still clinging to the last cool tails of fall where I come from! My kids and I are mostly into the full swing of Christmas spirit by now, but since there’s so much time left to celebrate the holidays, we decided to take a moment out last week to make something a little more autumn inspired before fall leaves us for another year. That’s how these adorable paper plate scarecrows happened! The kids had so much fun making them, actually, that I decided to outline how we did it just in case other people would like to do so as well.

Paper plate scarecrow

Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A paper plate
  • Yellow paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Paper (pink, orange, yellow, red, and brown)
  • A black marker
  • Two googly eyes

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Paper plate scarecrow materials

Step 2:

Turn your plate over so it’s upside down and you’re working on what would normally be its bottom. Paint the entire surface yellow and then let it dry.

Paper plate scarecrow paint in yellow

Paper plate scarecrow yellow

Step 3:

Cut two medium sized circles from your pink paper. I cut a rectangle from the corner of my page first, then cut that in half and made my circles by rounding off the corners of those pieces so things were a little easier to manipulate, rather than trying to rotate the entire page as a whole. These will be your scarecrow’s rosy cheeks! Set them aside for the moment.

Paper plate scarecrow cutting

Paper plate scarecrow round