We love to find craft projects for kids of all ages! A small scarecrow that is perfect as a decoration on containers used for seed starting. My three year old made this craft and it was so darn cute! In a situation with more than one child, each differently decorated scarecrow can help to identify whose seedling belongs to who. It’s a fun craft that is easy to complete, safe for younger children, and one of the cutest spring art projects for kids I’ve seen!
What You’ll Need:
- 2 popsicle sticks
- tissue paper (gold, orange, or yellow)
- craft-size felt squares (3 different colors)
- 1 set of googly eyesscissorsgluered felt tip pen
Instructions (refer to picture of finished scarecrow if you get stuck):
*Note: depending on your child’s age, you might want to cut the pieces of felt and tissue for them. Also, be sure to use safe glue that doesn’t have harmful fumes. We used plain old Elmer’s school glue.
- Glue one popsicle stick crossways on the other popsicle stick. They should form a cross. This is the basic shape of the scarecrow.
- Take a strip of tissue paper and fold it like an accordion. Fray the ends. Glue it to the popsicle stick lengthwise. Allow to dry for 15 minutes. While this is drying, take one of the felt squares and cut out a T-shape for the scarecrow’s shirt. Also cut a couple of small squares. See the finished picture to get an idea of how to do this. When we did this step, we used orange felt.
- Take another strip of tissue paper and fold it the same way. Fray the ends. Glue to the other popsicle stick (horizontally). Allow to dry for 15 minutes. While it is drying, take another felt square and cut out a pair of overalls for the scarecrow. Also cut a small, rectangular piece for the hat band. Again, see the picture of the finished product if you get stuck. We used yellow felt for this part.
- Take a small square of tissue paper. It should be at least 4 inches square. Ball up another piece of tissue paper and put it in the center of the square. Twist the end so that it secures the ball in the square and fray the ends. Glue the ball to the top of the popsicle cross (but leave a little bit of room for his hat). This is the scarecrow’s head. Allow to dry for 15 minutes. While it is drying, take the third felt square and cut out a hat shape of your choosing. Also cut 2 very small circles for the buttons, a small triangle for the nose, and another square to use as a “patch”. We used brown felt for this part of the craft.
- Glue the shirt and the hat on first. Allow these to dry for about 10 minutes. During these drying times is a great opportunity to start some seeds in a cup or small container. Make sure to label what type of seed you are planting on the container.
- Next, glue the hat band and the overalls on. Allow these to dry for about 10 minutes.
- Time to glue the eyes, nose, buttons and patches. Carefully use a red felt tip pen to draw a mouth.
- Allow the entire project to dry flat overnight.
Doing craft projects for kids can be so rewarding and a great chance to communicate with your child. Erin was so pleased with her scarecrow -now she’s a regular little crafter! I had to go buy her a full blown craft set. It encourages imaginative play and gives them a sense of accomplishment. For me, that’s an hour or so well-spent.