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How to Make a Paper Plate Scarecrow

If I’m being honest, I’ve always loved crafting with paper plates. It’s a classic kids’ craft that keeps its charm even once you’re an adult helping your own kids make them. I’m also the kind of DIY enthusiast who loves doing seasonal crafts as the weather changes outside, and that’s how I found myself helping my kids make cute paper plate scarecrows for fall! In fact, they were so cute that I decided to do it again and document the process so other people can learn how to make them too.

Paper plate scarecrow

Keep scrolling for full photos and instructions! Just in case you’re the kind of crafter who has always preferred following video tutorials rather than written ones, there’s a video at the end  as well.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Construction paper (two tan, one orange, and one light pink)
  • Crepe paper (orange and yellow)
  • Two googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • A paper plate
  • A black felt tipped marker
  • A glue stick

Step 1:

Gather your materials.

Paper plate scarecrow materials

Step 2:

Cut two equally sized circles from your light pink paper. I did this by cutting two small rectangles, stacking them on top of each other, and rounding the corners off of both pieces at once until I got a perfectly rounded circle shape in the size I wanted.

Paper plate scarecrow paper

Step 3:

Cut a thin rectangle from your orange paper about the length of how wide your page is. Then cut out an orange triangle similarly sized to the pink circles you cut out before.

Paper plate scarecrow cut

Step 4:

Cut a strip of yellow crepe paper from your roll. I made mine the whole width of the roll and about four inches wide. Next, apply glue to the surface of the piece and fold the yellow piece in half length-wise, so you have a new rectangle that’s the same length as before but only about two inches wide now. In one side, I cut a small curved shape, almost like a semi circle, from the middle of the strip. This whole piece will become your scarecrow’s straw hair and the arch will make sure the hair doesn’t cover his eyes, like bangs in a haircut.

Paper plate scarecrow paper craft