Learn how to make a Dollar Tree scarecrow under $10! Three adorable light-up scarecrow crafts sit on a wooden table. Each has an autumn hat, cute accessories, and different vinyl faces and details.

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Learn how to make a cute light-up Dollar Tree scarecrow for Fall!

One of my favorite parts of crafting is customizing! Once you learn a basic craft technique, you can use it to make lots of other projects. For example, it was really easy to turn my light-up bunny and snowman into another seasonal decoration: a scarecrow! I just love how you can mix and match the faces, details, and Dollar Tree items to make your own fall decor like these. Ready to get started? By following the bunny instructions, you’ll have a fun Dollar Tree scarecrow in no time!

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You can use the original step-by-step video bunny tutorial as a guide to make your adorable scarecrow:

Get the free SVG cut file for this project

I love a good budget-friendly project, and am always excited to share fun crafts that don’t cost much money to make. You can make this easy light-up scarecrow mainly out of inexpensive dollar store items, along with a few other materials and tools you may already have on hand!

To start, you’ll need two round glass vases for the body and head. I got these 5″ bowl shaped vases from my local Dollar Tree, but you can usually find them at craft stores, Walmart, and Amazon, too.

We’ll add glitter and lights inside the vases, too. Even fall crafts are better with some sparkle, I think!

But what turns two glass vases and some glitter into a scarecrow? It’s all about the details! It’s super easy to add a face and other features to your Dollar Tree scarecrow using my free SVG files and a Cricut cutting machine. I have some really helpful tips on applying vinyl to curved surfaces in the tutorial below!

There are so many different (and easy) ways to add personality to this Dollar Tree craft! You can tie a bow around its middle to hide the hot glue keeping the vases together, and add a hat to really make it look like an authentic scarecrow. Add a few faux flowers or fall leaves on top of the hat for a great final touch! I have links for lots of ideas in my supply list.

You’ll need something to cut your Dollar Tree scarecrow’s cute little features! I’m using my Cricut Maker 3, but you can use any Maker or Explore series machine. You can even use the Cricut Joy, Cricut Joy Xtra, or the Cricut Venture!

My free download includes a printable PDF if you want to cut the pieces by hand. These are incredibly detailed, though — so I really recommend using a cutting machine with the DXF or SVG files for best results.

Once the last bit of glue dries and each detail is in place, it’s time to light it up! Turn on the fairy lights and your illuminated scarecrow becomes an adorable autumn nightlight or a seasonal decoration for your end table. You can even put them in your windows for a super cute, nighttime display!

Who knew you could make such a cute craft out of stuff from Dollar Tree? Well, I guess we’re all in on that secret! At under $10 total, these sweet scarecrows so inexpensive, you could make a bunch of them – all with different colors, faces, and cute little personalities.

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Materials & Tools to Make a light-up Dollar Tree Scarecrow

How to Make a Dollar Scarecrow Using My Bunny For Inspiration!

Make decorative light-up bunnies for under ten dollars with JenniferMaker's easy light-up Dollar Tree Bunny tutorial.

Dollar Tree Bunny

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 hours
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Estimated Cost: $8 each

Learn how to make an adorable light-up Dollar Tree Bunny!



First up, we need to glitter our glass bowls. Place a piece of butcher paper over your workspace to protect it from the glitter and Mod Podge.

Remove any price tag stickers before you begin. If the sticker is stubborn, a little isopropyl alcohol will help remove any sticky residue.

Dip your small foam brush into the Mod Podge and spread it evenly inside the glass vase. Start with spreading it around the bottom and then apply even strokes to the sides, starting at the bottom and working to the rim.

Usa a foam brush to spread Mod Podge inside glass vase.

When the glass is evenly coated, lightly sprinkle the glitter inside the bowl. Twirl the bowl to work the glitter to cover all of the inside area with Mod Podge.

Pour glitter inside glass vase and swirl around to stick to the mod podge.

Set the bowls aside to dry and we'll work on the design pieces. I let my dry overnight but a couple hours is enough.

That's all for prepping!


First, download my Dollar Tree Bunny SVG/DXF/PDF files from my free resource library. It's Design #480. I’ve included 12 different bunny faces, the ears, feet, bow tie, buttons, and hat!

Upload your Dollar Tree Bunny SVG file to Cricut Design Space.

Dollar Tree Bunny SVG file uploaded to Cricut Design Space canvas.

TIP: If you're not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, here's how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.


Click the Ungroup icon to separate your design pieces.

Click Ungroup to separate bunny designs in Cricut Design Space.

Choose which bunny face you want to use and hide or delete the rest.

Click Delete to remove Dollar Tree Bunny faces from the canvas.

Everything else is ready as it is. Make sure your machine is selected and click Make It in the upper right corner.

Select the appropriate Cricut machine and click Make It in the upper right corner of the canvas screen in Design Space.

If prompted, select "On Mat" and 12" x 12" for Mat Size and click "Confirm."

The Prepare screen will appear next. No changes are needed on this screen. Click "Continue" in the lower right corner to go to the Make screen.

Review the Prepare screen in Cricut Design Space and click Continue.

We will be using several different materials for this project so we will need to change the material settings

The white, teal, and first pink (with the inner ear pieces) mats will be cut with the Felt setting. The black and second pink (with the nose design) mats will be Premium Vinyl. The beige and orange mats will be cut with Cardstock.

If the material you need to select is not displayed on your screen, click "Browse All Materials" and search for it.

I recommend selecting "More Pressure" for all materials in this project.

Search and select felt for the material type and select more pressure for the cut.

Place your white felt on a StrongGrip purple machine mat.

TIP: You can also use a Pink FabricGrip machine mat or a really sticky (like new) StandardGrip machine mat. All three worked well for me with the felt.

Use a brayer to make sure the felt is evenly adhered to the mat.

Use a brayer to adhere felt to Cricut machine mat.

Before loading your mat, move your star wheels all the way to the right of your machine. Some types of felt may be creased by the star wheels so it is best to move them to prevent unwanted marks on your felt.

Move the Cricut star wheels to the right so they do not leave any imprint on the felt.

Insert the mat into your Cricut and press the flashing arrows to load it. When the middle button flashes, press it to begin the cut.

Load machine mat and press flashing middle button to begin cutting.

When the cut is done, do NOT unload the mat. Gently lift a corner of the cut felt to make sure it cut all the way through. If it did not, press the middle button again for a second pass of the cut.

Gently lift felt from cutting mat to check if the cut went all the way through the material.

NOTE: Different brands of craft felt will have different cut results. If your felt is not cutting through, you may need to experiment with different pressure settings and multiple passes. If you need to change the pressure, click "Browse All Materials" and then click "Material Settings" in the lower left corner. Scroll to "Felt" and click "Edit." You can move the lever to the right to increase the pressure and you can also click on the drop down to add multiple passes.

Adjust pressure and passes within material settings in Cricut Design Space.

When the felt has cut all the way through, press the flashing arrows to unload the machine mat from your Cricut. Turn the mat over and gently pull the felt away from the mat. Remove the excess felt, too.

Flip cutting mat over and gently pull it away from the cut felt to prevent any stretching of the material.

Next will be the permanent vinyl. Cut a piece of vinyl slightly larger than the design area. Place the vinyl with the color side facing up on a StandardGrip green machine mat. If needed, use a brayer to adhere the vinyl to the mat.

Click on the Material type in Design Space and select the correct material with "more" pressure.

Select Premium Vinyl for vinyl settings with more pressure for a cleaner cut.

Move the star wheels back in place for the vinyl and cardstock cuts.

Move the star wheels back in to place for vinyl and cardstock materials.

Insert the mat into the Cricut and press the flashing arrows to load it. When the middle button flashes, press it to begin the cut.

When finished, press the arrows to unload the mat. Flip the mat over and pull the mat away from the vinyl to remove it from the mat.

Flip the cutting mat and pull the mat away from the vinyl to prevent the vinyl from curling.

Next up are two cardstock mats. Return to Design Space and change the material type to Medium Cardstock with "more" pressure.

Place your cardstock on a StandardGrip green cutting mat. Use a brayer, if needed, to help the cardstock stick to the mat.

Insert the mat into the Cricut and press the flashing arrows to load it. When the middle button flashes, press it to begin the cut.

When finished, press the arrows to unload the mat. Flip the mat over and pull the mat away from the vinyl to remove it from the mat.

Flip the cutting mat and pull the mat away from the cardstock to prevent the cardstock from curling.

Repeat these steps for the remaining mats. Remember to change the material type, if necessary, for each mat. For the felt layers, remember to move the star wheels away from the material and check your cuts before unloading your mats.

Dollar Tree Bunny cut vinyl, felt, and cardstock ready for assembly.


Let's start by placing fresh butcher paper on our work area and cleaning the glass surface of our vases. Use rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth to remove any dirt, oil, or debris from the glass surface.

Use rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth to clean the outside of the glass vase.

Next, it is time to weed the vinyl pieces. With a weeding tool, gently pull away excess vinyl from the face, nose, and button pieces of vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to remove excess vinyl from Dollar Tree Bunny face design.

Cut a piece of StandardGrip Transfer Tape slightly larger than the face. First, place the transfer tape over the nose to adhere it to the transfer tape. Once it's adhered, remove the vinyl backing.

Apply transfer tape over the nose and remove backing to place over the face for a layered vinyl application.

Place the transfer tape and nose over the bunny face and press the black vinyl to adhere it to the transfer tape.

Layer the vinyl bunny face design for easier application on the glass.

Before removing the vinyl backing, let's set up our first glass vase that will be the top half of the bunny. I'm going to use a lint roller to help hold my vase in place.

Use a lint roller to help support a glass vase to keep it from rolling.

Remove the vinyl backing and make small cuts around the edges of the transfer tape. This will help evenly apply the vinyl to the curve of the vase.

Use scissors to cut slits in the transfer tape around the vinyl face design for easier application on a curved surface.

Gently fold up the edges of your transfer tape, like a taco shape, and place your bunny face on to your glass vase. Press the vinyl in to place on the vase. You can use a scraper tool if you need to. Gently pull away the transfer tape.

Vinyl design for Dollar Tree Bunny applied to the glittered glass vase.

We need to also apply the buttons. Place the bottom vase in your work area and stabilize it with a lint roller. If necessary, place the top vase above it to envision how the spacing will look.

Align the glass bowls to eye placement of the buttons for the bottom vase.

Place your transfer tape over the buttons and remove the vinyl backing. Placing them at the same time will keep them perfectly aligned. Press the vinyl buttons on to the glass and remove the transfer tape.

TIP: If any pieces of vinyl stick to the transfer tape, use a scraper tool to help them adhere to the glass.

Center and align vinyl buttons to the bottom vase.

The bunny is coming together and looking so cute!

Let's now put this cutie together. Unravel your LED fairy lights and test them to make sure they power on. Place the fairy lights inside the bottom glass bowl and leave the battery pack hanging out the back.

Test fairy light strand and insert them in to the lower vase.

It is time to glue our bunny together.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to use a fan or open a window for proper ventilation when using E6000 glue.

First, we'll use the E6000 glue. Apply it around the rim of the bottom bowl and remember to leave the battery pack hanging out the back.

Apply E6000 glue around the rim of the bottom glass vase with the fairy lights inserted.

Don't worry too much about perfect glue lines because the seam will be covered with the bow tie wrap.

While the E6000 is setting, let's add some hot glue to help secure the glass together. With the vases together, add hot glue around the seam of the two vases and hold them in place for a minute or two while the hot glue cools a bit.

Apply hot glue around the seam of the glass vases to hold them in place while the E6000 sets.

Set your glass vases aside to dry and let's put together our hat, ears, and decorations.

While the glue gun is hot, let's assemble the ears. Cut a piece of floral wire about 4 inches long and shape it into a long oval, matching the inner shape of the pink part of the bunny ear.

Bend white floral wire to form the inner shape of the pink ear insert.

Apply hot glue to the back side of the pink ear piece. Place the floral wire on the pink felt and then turn it over and press on to the white felt ear.

Apply hot glue over the floral wire to attach the pink insert on the white ear.

Repeat these steps to make the second ear.

Now, let's make the cardstock Easter bonnet!

Start with the smaller round piece that has tabs around the outer rim. This will be the top of the hat. Press to fold the tabs inward.

Fold the tabs for the top hat attachment to prepare them to glue to side.

Now, take the circular piece with the starburst in the middle and do the same thing. Fold the inner triangles back towards the brim.

Fold brim triangles upward to prepare to glue to the hat side piece.

We'll glue the smaller circle with tabs first. I'm using Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue with the ultra fine tip. Apply glue to one tab at a time and press the tab against the long rectangle that will be the side part of the hat. The top of the rectangular piece should align with the top of the top hat piece.

Apply craft glue to top tabs to attach the hat side piece.

Continue with one tab at a time and attach the tabs to the side rectangle piece. When you get to the last tab, also apply glue to the edge of the side piece to secure it.

Complete glued top piece around tabs to hat side piece.

Now we'll add the brim in a similar way. Place the piece you just assembled over the brim piece. The triangles will attach to the inside of the hat.

Identify the back of the hat by finding the seam from the side piece. We're going to start on the opposite side so that the front looks the best. Apply glue to the triangles one at a time and press them in the underside of the hat.

Glue the triangles of the hat brim and press them to the inside of the hat side.

Add the accent piece around the hat. Place a small dab of glue to the end and press it along the seam on the back of the hat. The accent piece should be flush against the brim. Wrap it around and glue down the other end.

Use craft glue to attach the hat accent piece around the brim of the hat.

Bend the bottom part of the bunny ears to make an L shape. Insert the ears through the slots in the top of the hat. Use hot glue to glue the edges to the underneath side of the top of the hat.

Use hot glue to glue the bottom of the bunny ears to the underside of the hat.

The hat decorations are up to you! You can use ribbon, paper flowers, Dollar Tree flowers, or anything else you can think of! I'm going to use some of my paper flower designs and ribbon.

Decorate your bunny hat.

Decorate your bunny hat with ribbon, paper flowers, or other decorations.

Let's glue that festive hat on our bunny. Apply hot glue around the inside of the back of the hat and press it in place. How cute is that?

Now, let's attach the bow tie. Fold the outside of the felt bow towards the center and glue it in place.

Fold the ends of the bow tie and apply hot glue to hold the bow together.

Fold the second side in to the middle and glue it, too.

Wrap the small rectangular piece around the bow and glue it in the back for a finished look on the bow tie.

Wrap the bow tie center around the bow and apply hot glue to attach it in the back of the bow.

Now, let's wrap the neck piece around our bunny. It will not wrap all the way around, but that's okay. The bow tie will hide the gap. First wrap it around and center the gap in the front center of the bunny. It will be about an inch gap.

Position the neck wrap around the seam of the glass vases with the center gap in the front center of the bunny.

Once in place, glue the ends of the neck wrap to hold it in place.

Apply hot glue to the ends of the felt neck tie and press in to place.

Now place hot glue on the back of the bow tie and press it on to the bunny.

Apply hot glue to the back of the bow tie and press it against the neck wrap of the bunny.

Lastly, we need to glue the feet. Place a dab of hot glue at the heel of the foot and place it under the bunny. Press the bunny down to adhere the felt foot. Repeat for the second foot.

Shape the ears however you want and your bunny is done!

Shape the bunny ears with the inner floral wire to the shaping of your liking.


I can't wait to see your light-up Dollar Tree Bunny! Here is what my finished bunnies look like!

Show off Dollar Tree Bunny without lights.

Show off Dollar Tree Bunny light fairy lights lit up.

Answers to Your Questions About How to Make a Dollar Tree Scarecrow

Q: What kind of cardstock do I need?

I recommend 65-80 lb. cardstock for this craft. Thicker cardstock will be harder to cut and curve, and thinner cardstock may not hold up well over time in your holiday storage.

Q: Do I have to use those exact round glass vases?

I haven’t found anything better yet! They are ideal because they have a flat bottoms, allowing them to sit on a surface without rolling about. Plus, they stack well on one another! If you can’t find these exact vases from Dollar Tree, you should be able to find something similar from Amazon, Walmart, or your local craft store.

Q: What kind of lights can I use?

I only recommend mini LED lights because they will be enclosed in small space. Do not use any light that may heat up for these DIY projects. I think cool white lights look best, but the choice is up to you!

Q: How can I display my light-up Dollar Tree scarecrow?

I love that the these cute vase projects use fairy lights with a battery pack! This means that you can literally display it anywhere, because it doesn’t need to plug in to light up. And they just take a small section of space. Show it off on your dining room table as part of a centerpiece, on a side table, or line up a whole family of cute scarecrows on your fireplace mantle. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by all the Dollar Tree supplies available for DIY decor!

Get my free SVG files to make a DIY Light-Up Scarecrow!

I’d love to see YOUR Dollar Tree scarecrow and how you display it in your home! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.



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