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Black Glue Scarecrow Puppets

There is nothing scary about these adorable scarecrow puppets.

By now, you have probably already realized that I am in love with all things fall. Fall trees and their leaves are my absolute favorite, but coming in a very close second are scarecrows.  They are just so cute with their hair made out of hay, their floppy hats and their overalls. These black glue scarecrow puppets are fun to design and paint and will make for a fun fall themed puppet show for the kids when they are done.

Black glue and watercolor scarecrow puppets with printable template to decorate. Fall / autumn arts and crafts for kids. Painting

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Stuffed Paper Bag Fall Crafts

While cleaning out our kitchen the other day, I stumbled across a full package of brown paper lunch bags. We do not use them for lunches anymore… but oh! the crafting possibilities. When you have about 50 paper bags and a lazy weekend, what else is there to do but make a bunch of fall crafts. 
Brown paper bag crafts for the fall. These stuffed paper bag Indian corn, apple tree and scarecrow stuffed bag crafts for the kids are perfect for autumn

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Toilet Paper Tube Scarecrows

We began a little fall decorating this weekend. We bought a bale of hay to use both for a fun sensory bin for my daughter & to pretty up our front yard for the season.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

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We placed our hay in our front yard in anticipation of going to a local farm over the weekend for scarecrow making & pumpkin and gourd picking. I told my daughter that we were going to place scarecrows on our bale of hay. She told me that she wanted to make a girl scarecrow and a mama scarecrow. All of the scarecrow talk had me inspired to start making some scarecrows right now.

Cardboard Tube Scarecrows

What you will need:

Cardboard Tube

Acrylic Paint

Egg Carton Sections

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Foam Sheets

Yarn

Buttons

Markers

Low Temp Glue Gun (Use caution when operating any glue gun.)

 

Directions:

Poke a slit on either end of your cardboard roll about 1/3 of the way down. Make it large enough so that the craft stick can slide through.

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Take the stick back out & paint the stick in whatever color you will want your scarecrow’s shirt to be.  Paint about a 1/4 of the tube in a flesh tone. Then paint half of the remainder in the shirt color & then the other half in the pant color. Let the paint dry.

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Paint an egg carton section in whatever color that you want the hat to be & then cut out a wavy circle. Let the paint dry.

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Glue the egg carton piece to the center of the foam shape.

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Crumple up the foam a little so that it has a more natural hat feel.

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Glue strands of yarn to the ends of the craft stick.

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Glue a few strands of yarn over the top of the flesh toned area on the tube & then glue the hat on.

Glue more strands under the head & then glue on buttons. Draw a face on the scarecrow with magic markers.

The tubes fit perfectly over a couple of fingers to make fun puppets.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

We made a mama scarecrow & a little girl one just as my daughter wanted. She had a ton of fun playing with these. These made a wonderful addition to her already amazing imagination for pretend play.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

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Cupcake Liner Scarecrow

 

It is happening. Fall is coming & you can see and feel it already. The weather has gotten cooler, the leaves are starting their seasonal change & everywhere you look, the stores are filled with fall colors. I am giddy with excitement because I love all things autumn and can hardly wait for all that the season has to bring.

Here is an adorable & fun fall craft to kick the season off early.Cupcake Liner Scarecrow Craft - fall / autumn arts & crafts for kids . Halloween

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Paper Plate Straw Scarecrow Hat

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Like many toddlers, my daughter loves to play dress up. She has a fantastic imagination & she likes to use it. She will put herself into character & really commit to it. We love to make crafts to encourage her love for role play. We make paper plate masks often & another paper plate favorite of ours is hats. With the fall around the corner, we did a fall-themed scarecrow hat.

Paper Plate Straw Scarecrow Hat

What you will need:

Paper plate

Paper bowl

Paint

Scrap paper

School glue

Hot glue gun (as always use caution when operating a glue gun. It is recommended that adults operate the gun)

Directions:

Cut out the center of a paper plate.

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the bowl into the middle of the plate.

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Paint the body of your hat & let it dry.

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Cut skinny strips of construction paper for your straw. Glue them around your hat on the paper plate.

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Rip off a couple of pieces of construction paper to make patches for your hat. Draw in simple designs like checks or polka dots.

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Glue the patches onto the bowl. Let the glue dry.

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When it is dry, it is ready for your head or even your stuffed Teddy’s head.

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Paper Plate Scarecrow Straw Hat - adorable fall kid's craft

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Acorn Scarecrow Stick Puppets

Acorn Scarecrow Stick Puppet Craft - Fall fun for the kids

Last night I took the dog for a walk around our yard.  While we were walking, I could not help but notice how many acorns were on the ground. There were so many perfect little acorns. I began to pick them up & before I knew it I had an armful. I thought my daughter & I could make some fun fall crafts with them. I wanted to make scarecrows out of them & crafts sticks. My daughter had a different idea in mind & decided to make acorn soup instead. 

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Halloween Sock Puppets

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I don’t know about the rest of you mommies, but after I had my daughter, my personal appearance & sometimes my hygiene kind of went out the window. After her birth, I would go days without being able to shower, I did my makeup less frequently, I bit off all of my long beautiful nails & I found myself wearing old grungy clothes. Many of my clothing pieces such as bras & socks were falling apart, but I continued to wear them.

I found myself in a pair of my old holey socks the other day. Check out the chipped off nail polish on the toe that is popping out. Classy!

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I decided it was time to retire these socks, but these days I have a hard time throwing away anything. It seems that everything has a crafty possibility. Ask my husband, we have random empty containers & crafting odds & ends all over the house. We planned to turn this sad pair of socks into sock puppets. We decided to continue with our fall & Halloween themes & make a scarecrow and a ghost.

What you will need:

A pair of socks

Glue gun

Colored foam sheets

Rubber Band, yarn or string

Popsicle sticks

Tissue paper

Scarecrow

Directions:

Crumple up a sheet of tissue paper.
Crumple up a sheet of tissue paper.
Stuff the tissue ball in the heel & fold the sock in half, so the the top of the sock & toe end are dangling below at even heights..
Stuff the tissue ball in the heel & fold the sock in half, so that the top of the sock & toe end are dangling below at even heights.
Use a strand of yarn or a rubber band & tie off under the ball to form the head shape.
Use a strand of yarn or a rubber band & tie off under the ball to form the head shape.
Stick a popsicle stick up the open end of the sock.
Stick a popsicle stick up the open end of the sock.
With a glue gun, glue a second stick to the first to lengthen your stick.
With a glue gun, glue a second stick to the first to lengthen your stick.
Cut the other dangling toe end portion up the center until you reach the head.
Cut the other dangling toe end portion up the center until you reach the head.
Spread the splits ends out to the side so that they look like arms.
Spread the splits ends out to the side so that they look like arms.
Glue two popsicle sticks to the center of the scarecrow over the spread arm fabric, as shown,
Glue two popsicle sticks to the center of the scarecrow over the spread arm fabric, as shown.
Glue another stick over the top for added stability.
Glue another stick over the top for added stability.
Fold the cut fabric over the popsicle sticks & glue in place.
Fold the cut fabric over the popsicle sticks & glue in place.

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Cut out a piece to use as a scarf. Set aside.
Cut out a piece of foam to use as a scarf. Set aside.
Cut out a hat & glue to the top of the head.
Cut out a hat & glue to the top of the head.
Cut out a front & back piece of shirt for the scarecrow. Be sure to cut it so that there will be enough space on the edges to glue & join seams around the doll.
Cut out a front & back piece of shirt for the scarecrow. Be sure to cut it so that there will be enough space on the edges to glue & join seams around the doll.
Cut the bottom portion of his sock up the center to give the appearance of pants.
Cut the bottom portion of his sock up the center to give the appearance of pants.
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Add a triangle nose, a foam mouth and add googly eyes.

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Ghost

Follow steps 1-3 from above.

Cut the bottom of the toe end of the sock, so that both sock ends are open. Cut up the side on both sock ends & then cut jagged edges into both bottoms.
Cut the bottom of the toe end of the sock so that both sock ends are open. Cut up the side on both sock ends & then cut jagged edges into both bottoms.
Join the sock seams on both sides so that it creates one large piece that dangles below the head.
Join the sock seams on both sides so that it creates one large piece that dangles below the head. Add two connected popsicle sticks up the middle into the head the same as above.
Cut out two tiny foam circles for eyes & one larger circle for the mouth. Add googly eyes to the middle of the eyes.
Cut out two tiny foam circles for eyes & one larger circle for the mouth. Add googly eyes to the middle of the eyes.

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Mai had fun with her new scary puppets. “Booooooooooooo, mama. I scare you.” She asked me for a Jack-O-Lantern too. It’s time to dig through my sock drawer & look for more socks with holes.

 

 

Paper Plate Halloween Crafts

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It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of September. My favorite season is here. I can hardly wait to begin all of our fall festivities. Soon we will go on our annual leaf peeping drive through Vermont & take our daughter apple picking. We have been trying to brain storm for Halloween costumes, but have not had much luck coming up with anything. I asked Mai, what she thought we should all be for Halloween. She said that she wanted to be a Jack-o-lantern & that I could be the mommy Jack-O-Lantern & daddy could be a ghost. Adorable! Although I do not think that I will be going as a mommy Jack-O-Lantern this year, it is never too early for our Jack-O-Lantern & Halloween inspired crafts.

Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

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Draw the Jack-O-Lantern face on the back side of the paper plate.
Cut out the the outline to make the Jack-O-Lantern face.
Cut out the outline to make the Jack-O-Lantern face.

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Paint your Jack-O-Lantern orange.

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Paint another paper plate on the top side. Layer colors light to dark.
Paint another paper plate on the top side. Layer colors light to dark.
Cut out a stem using green foam or construction paper. Glue it to the plate.
Cut out a stem using green foam or construction paper. Glue it to the plate.
Glue the two plates together.
Glue the two plates together.
Mai wanted hers to be a mask, so we attached a pipe cleaner to the back for her.
Mai wanted hers to be a mask, so we attached a pipe cleaner to the back for her.

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Scarecrow Mask

Draw your scarecrow face on the backside of the paper plate. Cut out the eyes. Paint your plate yellow.
Draw your scarecrow face on the backside of the paper plate. Cut out the eyes. Paint your plate yellow.
Using black foam or construction paper, cut out & glue your nose & eyes in place.
Cut out & glue your nose & eyes in place using black foam or construction paper.
With a marker draw in eye lashes & stitches around the mouth.
With a marker draw in eye lashes & stitches around the mouth.

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Bend & glue a few pipe cleaners or yarn in place to make the hair.
Bend & glue a few pipe cleaners or yarn in place to make the hair.
Cut out a hat & glue it to the top of the scarecrow.
Cut out a hat & glue it to the top of the scarecrow.
Cut out a scarf & check it using a marker.
Cut out a scarf & check it using a marker.
Glue pipe cleaners or string to the back to hold the mask in place on the head.
Glue pipe cleaners or string to the back to hold the mask in place on the head.

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Paper Plate Spider Web

Cut slits around the paper plate every 2 pleats around.
Cut slits around the paper plate every 2 pleats around.
Using black yarn, slide a strand between one of the slits. Cross the strand across the plate repeatedly until you achieve your desired look.
Using black yarn, slide a strand between one of the slits. Cross the strand across the plate repeatedly until you achieve your desired look.
End your web at the same spot that you started it in. Tie the starting strand & end strand together,
End your web at the same spot that you started it in. Tie the starting strand & end strand together,
Cut 3 pieces of pipe cleaner. Glue the pieces to the pom pom to form a spider. Add goggly eyes if you desire.
Cut 3 pieces of pipe cleaner. Glue the pieces to the pom pom to form a spider. Add goggly eyes if you desire.
Stick the spider in the web. Use a hole punch to make a hole on the edge of the plate & use a piece of string or a pipe cleaner to hang your web.
Stick the spider in the web. Use a hole punch to make a hole on the edge of the plate & use a piece of string or a pipe cleaner to hang your web.