I just LOVE craft sticks because they are SO cheap and you can do SO many things with them! (you can get 1000 craft sticks here) There is an infinite amount of kid’s crafts that you can do with them but I’ve been creating them for inexpensive handmade holiday decorations around my house! Just lay about 10 or so craft sticks flat onto the table and use tacky glue to glue an extra craft stick or two across your pile to help hold them into place. Then I smear some tacky glue across the back of the craft sticks with my finger for an extra good hold.
TIP – If you’re working with younger kids just have them glue the craft sticks onto a piece of paper or foam instead!
You can use whatever you have available for this craft (felt, yarn, construction paper, rhinestones, etc) but I used craft foam. I cut two pieces of yellow foam out for the hair and cut thin slits half way up the foam then glued to the sides of the popsicle stick base. Next I cut out a hat shape from my brown foam. No special template – it doesn’t have to be fancy! I had some orange foam laying around so I cut a strip of it to glue onto the brown hat and cut small pieces out to add a flower onto it. You can even add ribbon if you want!
Here’s an upclose so you can see the hair! I glued on some large googly eyes, a triangle foam nose, and then used a Sharpie marker for the mouth!
It was SO easy and you don’t have to be really artsy to do it! It’s a fun project for kids to create from scratch or just glue on pre-made pieces that you put together for them! This would be a fantastic craft to pair with the book The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown (also author of Goodnight Moon)
If you love our scarecrow craft you might be interested in our Halloween Popsicle Stick Crafts!