Paper bag scarecrows are one of my favorite ways to bring the feel of autumn into my kids’ worlds! Don’t you love fun and easy crafts that are a cinch to make, but add loads of memories to childhood?
We’re still melting in our 90 degree weather down here, but even when summer hangs on for dear life, it won’t stop me from acting like autumn is here! Hot chocolate? Yep! Apple picking? You bet! Whipping out some fun fall crafts? Of course! I figure if I keep it up, the weather will cooperate — eventually. :)
These paper bag scarecrows were really fun to make. Plus, they’re simple enough for kids of all ages. I love having the kids make decorations; they beam with pride when they see their work displayed on the table for everyone to see. It’s so neat!
You can also add your own customizations. You could use googly eyes instead of buttons, yarn instead of raffia, you could even draw on the face if you want! I didn’t have scrap paper laying around, so I stuffed my scarecrow with grocery sacks, and it worked great. Get creative with these, and see what you can come up with!
Paper Bag Scarecrows
- Thread a piece of raffia through a button, twice. Tie it, cut off the excess, and repeat with the other button.
- Cut out the shape of a hat from the brown card stock, making sure the base is a little bit wider than the brown bag.
- Cut out a small orange triangle and several small black lines, about 1/2 inch long.
- Cut out a strip of green card stock, about 1 inch wide, and glue it onto the hat. Trim off any excess.
- Glue on the eyes (buttons) and nose (triangle). Glue the black strips on in the shape of a smile, to make it look like stitching.
- Cut strips of raffia, about 14 inches long. Fold them in half, and glue them near the top of the bag. Glue the hat over the top of the bag, covering the top of the raffia hair.
- Stuff your bag with crumpled scrap paper, plastic bags, or anything with a little bit of crunch to it.
- Glue the top of the bag closed.
Now, display your paper bag scarecrows and make some extras to send to grandparents!
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