How do you like the new Easter header? It’s snowing as I write this, but we all know that spring and Easter are right around the corner, hooray! In today’s tutorial, I’ll share how to DIY the Needle Felted Easter Chick in the header. (To see the full photo, check out the Crafts ‘n Coffee Facebook page.) For those of you who regularly read Crafts ‘n Coffee, you might have already guessed that this Needle Felted Easter Chick is designed by Rebekah Meier.
To make a Needle Felted Easter Chick, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 1” and 1-1/2” balls
- 3” egg
- 4” disc
- Wool roving: Light yellow, light blue, pink and tiny amount of orange
- Wool felt: 8-1/2” x 11” in cream; 9” x 1” in dark pink
- Cream, 1” x 14”
- Striped green grosgrain, ¼” x ½ yd.
- Velvet, ¼” x 4”
- Floral stem wire
- Floral tape
- Acrylic craft paint in brown
- Black scrapbook brads, 2
- Small fabric flower
- Pearl bead, 2mm
- Fabric glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears; wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; small felting needle mat; wire cutters; paintbrush; disappearing fabric marker
*Note: Needle felting is a quick and easy craft. It requires a special felting needle that has extremely sharp barbs along the needle. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle, and the smaller the holes left behind. For this project, a heavier weight felting needle is recommended. You’ll place a piece of wool roving onto the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and then push the needle into the foam over and over. The barbs on the needle will lock the fibers in place.
To make a Needle Felted Easter Chick:
1. Position 1-1/2” ball on the wide end of the 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 small amounts of yellow wool fibers onto the chick and attach with felting needle or felting tool. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safety. Continue felting fibers onto the body until it’s completely covered.
3. Place small amounts of yellow roving onto needle felting mat. Use the tool to create 2 small pieces of felted roving approximately 1/8” thick. Cut out two wings. Needle felt one wing onto each side of chick.
4. Feet: Cut six, 2-¾” lengths of floral stem wire. Wrap together 3 of the wires with floral tape, leaving ½ of the wires unwrapped. Bend the unwrapped wire to create chicken feet, with two toes in front and one facing the back. Cover feet with floral tape. Repeat for the other leg and foot. Paint legs with acrylic paint. When dry, insert legs into the chick’s body.
5. Insert scrapbook brads into chick’s head for eyes.
6. Repeat step 3, using orange roving. Cut felted roving into a small diamond beak shape. Needle felt beak onto chick. (Note: you could also use orange felt for the beak.)
7. Felt light blue roving onto the 1” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, covering it completely. Add a small amount of extra roving on top of ball to create an egg shape. Needle felt two thin stripes of roving around the egg.
8. Using disappearing marker, trace the top and bottom of disc onto cream wool felt. Cut on traced lines with pinking shears. Adhere felt circles to the top and bottom of the foam disc.
9. Glue ribbon around the edge of the disc.
10. Glue the chick and small egg to the top of felt covered disc. Needle felt small wisps of pink roving onto the top of disc, around the small egg and the chick’s feet.
11. Cut one 8” x ½” strip from dark pink wool felt and roll into a tight cylinder shape and secure with fabric glue. Cut one 1” circle from felt and adhere to the top of the cylinder. Trim the circle even with the cylinder shape. Cut one 1-¾” circle with pinking shears and adhere to the bottom of hat for a brim. Glue the hat to the chick’s head.
12. Add velvet ribbon, fabric flower, and bead to the hat.
13. Tie grosgrain ribbon around the neck of chick.
Here’s another Felted Spring Chick from Rebekah.
Kathleen George created this cute-as-can-be Yarn Chick. As felting needles are too sharp for children, this Yarn Chick is a good spring craft for the kids.
Here’s one more Easter felting project from Rebekah – her Needle Felted Easter Eggs.
Rebekah will be back later this week to share another spring craft that I think you’ll adore. See you soon.