Here are some easy and fun scarecrow crafts that are perfect for Fall & Thanksgiving! Make crafts from paper plates, craft foam, craft sticks & more!
We’ve seen many movies where the protagonist is looking for love, only to realize that it was in front of her all along. However, have you seen anything where a character is looking for not love or friendship, but a brain?
Well, that’s our Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz!
Although Scarecrow thought he was brainless, by the end of the story we realized that he was, in fact, the smartest of the group, and he was just inexperienced at the beginning. And to think that we relegate scarecrows to chasing birds!
Fun Facts about Scarecrows
- The first scarecrow on record was made by the Egyptians to protect their wheat fields on the Nile banks
- In Scotland, scarecrows are known as ‘Bodach-rocais’ which translates into ‘old man of the crows’
- The Japanese village of Nagoro has only 35 residents but over 350 scarecrows
- The largest-ever scarecrow gathering was in 2014, at the National Forest Adventure Farm in the UK
- A fear of scarecrows is called Formidophobia
While scarecrows were initially used only to scare away the birds and protect the crops, they then became a symbol of Fall and of harvest. They are now a main decoration during Fall and Thanksgiving, and we’re going to have some fun today with these scarecrow crafts for kids!
15 Easy and Fun Scarecrow Crafts for Fall
What is a scarecrow made up of? A stuffed fluffy head, old clothes and straw stuffed into the arms and legs! Well, you can put together and take apart your own scarecrow with this printable puzzle!
Since the scarecrow is such a popular symbol for Fall, it’s a great piece to include in your Fall decor – like this DIY photo frame featuring a scarecrow on a pumpkin!
One thing you’ll notice in this list of scarecrow crafts is that you can make crafts out of pretty much anything, like The Best Ideas for Kids has done here with wooden spoons!
Every country has its own kind of scarecrow – and scarecrow legends! In Germany, farmers didn’t just use scarecrows to chase the birds away but also to ‘absorb’ evil spirits so the people were safe. Check out Simple Everyday Mom for instructions on how to turn handprints into scarecrows.
A famous story about a scarecrow is Feathertop, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the story, a witch builds a scarecrow and turns him into a human. However, the scarecrow had to smoke on a pipe – it was the only way for him to stay alive! Make your own movable scarecrow with this craft from Red Ted Art.
Some people tried replacing scarecrows with windmills. Unfortunately, the birds soon realized that these weren’t a real threat, and the people had to go back to using scarecrows! I can imagine the scarecrows’ expression was much like these scarecrow crafts from Made to be a Momma!
This set of scarecrow crafts from Printables Fairy reminds us of Joe’s Scarecrow Village, a tourist attraction in Canada featuring dozens of scarecrows.
People have tried all kinds of innovations on the traditional scarecrow. These include using highly-reflective aluminized ribbons, automatic noise guns and even inflatable tube men! Well, maybe next time we should try a juggling scarecrow, like this one from ConservaMom.
According to Greek mythology, Priapus, the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus, lived near vineyards. Apparently, he was so scary that whenever he made an appearance, the birds flew away and the harvest improved! For this reason, Greek farmers often made their scarecrows look like Priapus. Use this craft from Simple Everyday Mom to make your scarecrow as scary as you like!
If you’ve got craft sticks lying around at home, turn them into adorable scarecrow crafts like these ones from The Best Ideas for Kids, complete with googly eyes and bow ties!
In Japan, farmers add an additional layer to repulse birds – fish bones, meat scraps and old rags! As you can imagine, the smell was enough to keep everyone away – not just birds! Looks like the scarecrow from The Crafting Chicks is also feeling a little grossed out!
If you’re looking for some easy printable scarecrow crafts, this one from Crafty Bee Creations is perfect. It includes a few activities that will keep kids occupied for a while.
Scarecrows have also featured as villains in DC and Marvel comics. Maybe you can create your own universe of a scarecrow and his friends, using these stick puppets from Messy Little Monster.
Crafty Morning has a scarecrow craft that’s ideal for the little ones! Just tear colored paper and stick them on the scarecrow shape – we love the long strips for the scarecrow’s hair!
Today, there are many scarecrow festivals held across the world, most of which are in the United Kingdom. Homeschool Preschool celebrates these festivals with a scarecrow craft, complete with a plaid scarf!
These scarecrow crafts are a great way to keep kids occupied when they’re at home for the Thanksgiving holidays. The projects are easy, don’t need expensive supplies and are still the right amount of a challenge!