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This cute paper plate scarecrow craft is perfect for autumn or harvest crafts and our free template make creating your scarecrow even easier!

I’ve left the scarecrows face blank but of course this is the perfect opportunity for your child to add their creativity – what will their scarecrow look like? Younger kids will need adult help to cut out the scarecrow shape but there’s colouring, painting and sticking to create this cool autumn craft.

paper plate scarecrow craft for kids

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Scarecrow Craft

Scarecrow crafts are a classic make for autumn but of course the real ones are way too hard for kids (and probably most of us adults too). Keep things simple by making some scarecrow crafts at home instead!

Looking for more ideas? Our round up of scarecrow crafts for preschoolers is a great place to look with lots more inspiration.

Paper Plate Scarecrow Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Scarecrow template (see below)
  • Colouring pens or pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue

paper plate scarecrow craft free template

Free Scarecrow Template

As always if you want to skip the template and draw something yourself then go for it! If you would prefer to print out something though then grab our free scarecrow template which is the one that I’ve used for this craft.

How To Make Your Scarecrow Craft

Start by painting your paper plate. I’ve used green for the fields and blue for the sky but you can easily adapt this depending on your child’s age and what they would like to do, younger kids can just do plain green in the background for their field or you could add a sun or more details to the field if you would like, although do remember that much of this will be covered by your scarecrow – you don’t want your child’s amazing tractor picture covered up!

To add some texture to the field I’ve also added some yellow paints for the plants. This is of course optional but a nice way to try out a different technique. To do this I poured some yellow paint onto a reusable plate and then dipped a toothbrush in it before using this to dab onto the field area.

toothbrush painting

While you are waiting for the paint to dry print your scarecrow template onto white paper and colour it in. Kids can personalise their craft by drawing on a face for their scarecrow if they would like and choosing colours for their scarecrow.

scarecrow template colouring

Next cut the coloured in scarecrow out. The straw hands can be a bit tricky so unless you are doing this with older children this may be a part for adults to help with.

Finally once the paint on your paper plate is dry you can glue on your scarecrow and your craft is finished.

easy scarecrow craft

paper plate scarecrow craft for kids

Scarecrow craft

Create an easy scarecrow craft for kids using our free template


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Author: Kate Williams


  • Paintbrush

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Kids paint

  • Colouring Pens


  • 1 Paper plate
  • 1 Scarecrow template


  • Paint your paper plate with blue for the sky and green for the field.

  • Using a toothbrush dipped in yellow paint, dab at the field area to add some texture for plants.

  • Print out the scarecrow template and colour it in using felt tip pens.

  • Cut the scarecrow template out.

  • Once the paint is dry glue the scarecrow template onto your field.


You can decorate your paper plate however you wish, however do be mindful that much of it will be covered up by your scarecrow.

Tried this?Mention @craftsonsea – we’d love to see and maybe share it!

More Scarecrow Crafts for Kids

This printable scarecrow themed basket is perfect for autumn or Harvest Festivals. Print out your copies, colour and stick them into shape and fill them with whatever you like.

scarecrow craft printable

These scarecrow paper bag puppets are designed as a Scarecrows Wedding craft for the book by Julia Donaldson but you could change the design slightly to fit in with your own scarecrow theme.

the scarecrows wedding craft square 300

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