Paper Plate Scarecrow Craft

Paper plate scarecrows

If you are tired of turkeys and pumpkins and want an alternative craft to make this Fall or Thanksgiving, this cute paper plate scarecrow craft is the solution!

These adorable scarecrows won’t scare anyone, but your kids will have a fun time making them. They can hang them on windows as decorations or turn them into scarecrow puppets and pretend to scare some birds away.

They are super easy to pull together with simple materials such as paper plates, paint, scissors, and of course, our free printable template.

This scarecrow craft is perfect for young kids, toddlers, and preschoolers to make with their parents, caregivers, or teachers, at home or school.

You can use it in your classroom to welcome Autumn or at home to entertain your children during fall break or a rainy day.

No matter when or where you make them, these scarecrows are such fun fall crafts for kids!

Paper plate scarecrow craft

How To Make A Paper Plate Scarecrow Craft

In this post, you are going to learn how to make your own paper plate scarecrow. 

Just keep scrolling to find the craft supplies required, read the full tutorial, and see on a video how I made this cute craft.

Oh! And don’t forget to grab your scarecrow template at the end of this post!

You could also make your own pieces with construction paper. But if your kid gets frustrated by this quickly, I recommend using the templated I’ve provided.

Now, let’s get started with this paper plate craft!


  • Scarecrow Paper Plate Template (download it at the end of this post)
  • White cardstock 
  • Printer
  • Small Paper Plate 
  • Tempera or acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
From left to right: Paintbrush, scissors, glue stick, paper plate, pastel pink paint pot, scarecrow template


  1. Paint your paper plate with tempera or acrylic paint. You can use any color you want, but I recommend using pastels (just add a bit of white to any color you have).

This time, we used pastel pink tempera paint and only needed 1 layer.

Painting a paper plate with pink tempera paint
  1. While your paper plate dries, download the scarecrow template. Print it on white cardstock and cut out all the pieces.
Cut scarecrow template on a white table
  1. Glue the smile at the bottom of the paper plate.
Gluing the mouth
  1. Add the eyes above the mouth.
Gluing the eyes
  1. Stick the triangular nose between the eyes.
Gluing the nose
  1. Glue three yellow strips onto each side of your paper plate to make the hair.
Gluing the hair
  1. Glue the hat on top of the paper plate over the hair.
Gluing the hat
  1. Finish your scarecrow by gluing the sunflower onto the hat.
Gluing the sunflower

Hay there! Aren’t these scarecrows scary-cute?

2 Paper Plate Scarecrows on a white table

Video Tutorial

In this video tutorial, you can see exactly how I made our Scarecrow paper plate craft come to life.

You can take a look now or save it on YouTube for later!

Paper Plate Scarecrow Template

Don’t be scared of this Paper Plate Scarecrow idea!

Just click the link below to download the free printable template and start building your own scarecrow with your kids.

Keep in mind that there are 2 versions of the template included. The first one is ideal for small paper plates, while the second is better for bigger plates.

Select the printables that fit your own plates and print them on white cardstock.


Don’t forget to share pictures of your creations with us on Instagram by tagging @theprintablesfairy.

*Please remember that these printables are for personal use only. You may not sell or distribute the files. If you want to share them, please link to this post and not directly to the PDF files.

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