Kids’ Craft: How to make a Funky Feathered Chicken

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Answer: Today’s Funky Feathered Chicken starts with an egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I don’t know of a kid who doesn’t love a good feather craft, and this kid’s craft is suitable for just about any age. Designer Dondi Richardson made two versions – white and yellow. Make your Funky Feathered Chicken yellow, white, or any color you like. Now, can anyone tell me why the chicken crossed the road??

Super-cute kid's craft: the Funky Feathered Chicken. Tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #KidsCrafts

Funky Feathered Chicken by Dondi Richardson

To make a Funky Feathered Chicken, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg; two 1” and one 2” balls; scrap piece
  • Feather boa: White, yellow or other favorite color
  • Foamie sheet, orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 15mm
  • 18” plant stake or wood dowel
  • Acrylic craft paint, orange
  • Sequin pins, 1-1/2”
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; wire cutters; paint brush

*Note: Use of the plastic knife requires supervision by an adult.

These Funky Feathered Chickens are so cute, and a really fun craft for kids. They're easy to make with a tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #KidsCrafts

Dondi also made Funky Feathered chickens with bright yellow feathers. What color would you use?

To make a Funky Feathered Chicken:

1. Using wire cutters, cut dowel in half. Paint legs orange, and insert into scrap of foam while paint dries.

2. After the paint dries, insert the legs 1” deep and 1” apart into the wide end of the egg. Remove legs, add a dab of glue in the hole, and reinsert the legs.

3. Cut the feather boa in half and save one half for a future project. Cut two, 1” pieces from the boa and set aside for the feet. Pin one end of the remaining boa to the top of the egg; wrap it down the egg and through the legs and pin again at the top. Now wrap the boa around the egg in the opposite direction, in front of the legs, dividing the egg in quarters, and pin again at the top. Repeat, filling in each of the four sections, and pinning at the top and bottom to secure.

4. Using the plastic knife, cut the 2” ball in half. Stand the chicken upright and push the legs into the rounded sides of the half balls; use glue to secure. Cut two, 2-1/2” circles of the orange craft foam and glue to the bottom of each foot. Glue the 1” pieces of boa around each ankle.

5. Glue a wiggle eye to the center of each 1” ball. Glue the eyeballs side by side to the upper portion of the egg. If needed, carefully trim away extra feathers so the eyes are visible. Hint: On the yellow chicken, the 1″ balls were painted yellow first, and then the wiggle eyes were attached.

6. Cut a 2” x 2” square of the orange craft foamie and glue two adjacent corners together to form a cone. Trim the wide end of the cone to even the edges and then glue to the chicken, just below the eyes.

And there you have it – your own Funky Feathered Chicken. I can’t wait to share another super-sweet critter craft tomorrow, so be sure to check in again.

Do you or your kids have any favorite jokes? Please share!

Happy crafting.


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6 Responses to Kids’ Craft: How to make a Funky Feathered Chicken

  1. Mandy says:

    Sorry – no directions for attaching the one inch ball!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Mandy, please check out Step #5. The 1″ balls are the eyes, and Step #5 explains how to attach them with glue. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you, and happy crafting! Sharon

  2. LisaM says:

    Those are tooooo cute. great tut. 🙂

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