Movable Paper Scarecrow Craft [Free Template]

Create this adorable movable paper scarecrow craft that your kids can use as a puppet! It is the perfect activity for the fall, harvest festival, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Paper Scarecrow Craft on Green Background

Late summer and early fall is a great time for a trip to the pumpkin patch. While you are there, say hello to the resident scarecrow. Then, come home and make a movable paper scarecrow craft that you can use as a puppet for some pretend play fun.

My free template for an adorable scarecrow craft is easy for little hands to create. You just need a few basic supplies from your craft stash and the office supply store to put them together. Just print out the template to use as stencils and you’re good to go.

If you would like to incorporate the craft into your read-aloud time, you can try The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and the Fan Brothers or The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown.

How to Make Movable Scarecrow Craft


Paper Scarecrow Craft Supplies


1.. Select different colored construction papers for the individual patterns. The template includes patterns for the shirt (sleeves and body), overalls (top and 2 pant legs) , hair, hat, hat band, shoes, nose, buttons, and finally, hands and head.

After you download and print out the free scarecrow craft template, cut out all the pieces and trace them on the colored construction papers of your choice. We used pink paper for the shirt, blue for the overall, tan for the hat, brown for the shoes, cream for the face and hands, green for the hat band, orange for the buttons and nose, and yellow for the straw hair. Cut out all the traced patterns nicely.

You can cut out the eyes directly from the template and use as is.

Paper Scarecrow Craft Template Patterns

2. Glue the 2 hand cutouts to the sleeve cutouts and the shoe cutouts with the pant leg cutouts. Glue the straw hair on both sides of the head, closer to the top. Glue the hat band on the hat cutout and the buttons on the top part of the overalls cutout, right underneath the suspenders.

Paper Scarecrow Craft Glue Buttons Hat and Shoes

3. Grab the body cutout, leg patterns, and a couple of brad pins. Place a leg pattern on the bottom side of the body cutout by slightly overlapping it. Make a small hole through the top side of the leg pattern and the overlapped part of the body cutout. You can do this with the tip of a scissor or a pushpin.

Push a brad pin through the hole to join the leg pattern with the body cutout.

Paper Scarecrow Craft Attach Legs with Brad Pin

4. Similarly, attach the other leg and the 2 arm patterns with the body by using brad pins. You may want to place the top of the overalls on the body pattern to make sure that the brad pins go on the outside of the suspenders so they are not in the way when you glue the overalls on the body.

Glue the eyes and nose cutouts on the head pattern.

Paper Scarecrow Craft Attach Arms with Brad Pin

5. Use a black marker or Sharpie to draw the outline of the eyes and the mouth. Are you going to draw a happy scarecrow or a scary one?

Paper Scarecrow Craft Assemble Face

6. Glue the top part of the overalls on top of the body pattern. Glue the hat cutout on the top side of the head pattern, making sure to cover the top open ends of the hair patterns.

Paper Scarecrow Craft Glue Overalls

7. Glue the head pattern on the top side of the body pattern.

Paper Scarecrow Finished Craft

And you are done with the scarecrow craft!

This easy scarecrow craft would be great for a group of kids in a classroom setting, especially elementary school kids who are old enough to cut out their own template patterns. But you can also cut out the patterns beforehand and hand them out to preschoolers and kindergarteners to assemble during class!

Hope you have lots of fun with your movable scarecrow puppet!

Paper Scarecrow Craft on Orange Background

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