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How to Make Chenille Easter Chicks


Supplies: Chenille Bumps, Crepe Paper, Seed Beads, Spun Cotton Beaks, Dresden Medallions, Clear-drying Glue (like Alleen's), Needle-nose Pliers, Scissors and Pinking Shears, Paper Clip

Step 1: Arrange your supplies.  Cut apart chenille bumps and Dresden medallions, make a small dollop of glue to dip into, un-bend a paper clip to use for applying tiny amounts of glue.  Cut crepe paper into beak and comb shapes -- for beaks cut a diamond shape and bend in half;  for combs cut a small rectangle and use pinking shears to zig-zag the top edge.

Step 2: Bend chenille bump into a tilted "U" shape as shown below.  Use needle-nose pliers to tightly loop the lower end of the "U" into the chick's tail.  Loosely loop the higher end of the "U" to form the chick's head.  The goal is to end up with a pointed tail and a more round head, shown below middle.

Step 3: Lightly dip beak into glue dollop and apply to chick.  Gently wiggle it into the chenille.  Repeat to apply comb.  Let dry.

Step 4: Lightly dip end of paper clip into glue and dot onto sides of head for eyes.  Place seed beads on glue and lightly press into place.  Gently adjust if needed and let dry.

Step 5: Glue chick to Dresden medallion.  Let dry.



Tips: The 2-1/2" chenille bumps are our favorite size for making chicks, however, the jumbo 2-3/4" bumps do make a very fluffy and charming version.  Spun cotton beaks work well for both sizes.

We used double-sided crepe in Orange-Goldenrod for some beaks, facing the orange outward for contrast.

Chicks in unexpected colors are cheerful and fun -- turquoise, purple, pink! -- and mix well with more realistic colors like yellow, grey, white and brown.

Use glue sparingly when glueing beak, comb and eyes -- too much glue can make the chenille matted and stuck together.  Dipping the beaks and combs into the glue allows a lot of control over how much glue ends up on the pieces.  Using a paper clip allows for a very light hand when applying glue for eyes.

The Dresden medallion makes a pretty base for your chick to sit upright, but if you wish to add your chicks to baskets, nests, or dioramas, skip the medallion altogether.




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