Doesn’t Rebekah Meier’s Felted Easter Chick make you say “awww . . . .”? Rebekah needlefelted her chick, a technique I’ve featured before on Crafts ‘n Coffee (like Patty Schaffer’s Felted Ball Garland). It’s not hard to do – you secure wool fiber to the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam by punching a felting needle into the foam. This chick is a good felting project for beginner and experienced needlefelters – you can do it!
To make a Felted Easter Chick, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” ball and 3” egg
- Lavender wool felt, 9″ x 12″ sheet
- Light yellow wool fiber (roving)
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Cardstock, small scrap of orange
- Grosgrain ribbon, 1/4″ x 1/2 yd.
- Green floral wire, 22-gauge
- Toothpicks, two
- Ball head pins, two
- Cosmetic blush
- Cotton-tipped swab
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; compass; needlefelting tool*; wire cutters
*Note: The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project. Felting needles are extremely sharp; always use caution.
To make a Felted Easter Chick:
1. Position foam ball on wind end of foam egg and at a slight angle. Rub the two shapes together so they fit snugly, then attach the head to the body using glue and toothpicks.
2. Place a small amount of wool fiber on the chick’s body and felt it to the body using the felting needle (remember, the needle is extremely sharp!). Continue adding fiber and felting until the body and head are covered.
3. Loosely felt additional fiber to the body to make the wings and tail. You want the wings and tail fluffy, so felt lightly.
4. Bend a length of floral wire into a webbed foot and twist wire ends together to form a leg. Repeat for second leg. Insert legs into bottom of chick, adjusting till chick can stand. Glue legs into the body to secure.
5. Dip ball-head pins into black paint and let dry. Insert into head for eyes. Cut diamond shape from card stock; fold in half and glue to face for beak.
5. Cut 1″ x 6″ strip from lavender felt and roll into tight cylinder. Trace one end onto felt and cut out; glue to top of cylinder. Cut 3/4″ circle from felt; glue to bottom of hat for brim. Glue hat to head.
6. Tie ribbon bow around neck; trim ends. Use cotton swab to blush cheeks.
Here are six more sweet, spring chicks featured back when Crafts ‘n Coffee was brand new. You’ll find links to the tutorials in the original post.
And now, on to the winners in last week’s Easter Eggstravaganza. First, a big “thank you” to everyone who followed along and left such wonderful comments. It was so much fun for me to read them all. So much fun, in fact, that I decided to draw two extra names for additional prizes.
The grand prize winner of the Easter Eggstravaganza prize package is Angie Dyer! Angie will receive one dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, the winter issue of Stitch Craft Create, and two chocolate bunnies.
The next two winners will each receive a half-dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and a chocolate bunny. The second place winners are: Anne Haun and Sharon (violamomsp).
Please contact me, Angie, Anne and Sharon, with your shipping address.
Many thanks to everyone, and happy crafting!