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Paper Bag Scarecrow

The Paper Bag Scarecrow is a charming and whimsical DIY craft project that brings a touch of rustic charm to any room or garden. Made from a simple paper bag, some twine, and a few other basic materials, this scarecrow comes to life with its bright, cheerful face and ruffled clothing, adding a playful and endearing quality to its rustic simplicity. Perfect for fall decor or as a creative gift, the Paper Bag Scarecrow is a delightful way to add some personality to your space.

Craft supplies you will need


  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • White craft glue
  • 2 medium googly eyes
  • 2 feet of ribbon in fall colors
  • 1 paint stirrer
  • 2 sheets of newspaper
  • Black marker
  • Orange foam flower
  • Construction paper: white/tan brown, yellow, pink, orange
  • Paper Bag Scarecrow hat pattern

Craft tools

  • Scissors

How to Make a Paper Bag Scarecrow

  1. Trace the hat pattern onto white or tan construction paper. Cut out. Draw some stitches onto the rim and hat top by making tic-tac-toe symbols.

  1. Lay the paper bag on a work surface with the flap side facing down. Glue the googly eyes in place roughly three inches from the top of the bag.

  1. Cut out a triangle from the orange construction paper for the nose. Glue in place slightly below the middle of the eyes.
  2. Cut out two circles from the pink construction paper for cheeks. Glue on either side of the nose, and draw a smile from the bottom of one circle to the other. Draw a few stitches on the mouth.
  3. Use a marker to draw eyebrows above the eyes.

  1. Fold yellow construction paper in half, greeting card style. Cut along the fold so you have two pieces. Cut one piece into thin strips. Starting at the top of the bag, glue some strips on so they hang down like hair. Cut some strips shorter for bangs.

  1. Cut a strip of brown construction paper to glue onto the hat top as the band. Fringe- or scissor-cut the top of the hat brim piece. Glue the brim to the hat top so it partially covers the brown brim.

  1. Glue the yellow foam flower to the hat. Cut out a circle from brown construction paper and glue to the center of the flower.

  1. Glue the hat on top of the yellow hair.
  2. Carefully fill the bag with crumpled newspaper.

  1. Coat the first three inches of the paint stir stick with glue and insert into the bottom of the bag.

  1. Crumple the bag around the stir stick, being careful not to let the end of the bag stick to the stirrer.
  2. Tie a ribbon around the end of the bag, about two inches above the bottom. Tie the ribbon in a tight knot and then tie into a bow to close the bag.
  3. Cut some of the leftover yellow strips in half or thirds and glue them to the stick under the bag.

Carry your scarecrow by the stir stick.

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