How to make a spring chick from paper clay

As promised, I have another spring craft idea today – a spring chick made from paper clay. Paper clay is a flexible, air-dry clay that you can easily roll and mold to create endless designs. Once it dries, it’s very versatile and you can paint it, glue it, glitter it, or add other finishes. Follow Rebekah’s instructions to DIY this Paper Clay Spring Chick, and you’ll learn how to create a vintage finish, too.

So cute! DIY with paper clay and Styrofoam brand foam.

Paper Clay Spring Chick by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Paper Clay Spring Chick, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1-½” ball
    • 4” egg
    • 3” disc
  • Paper Clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paper Clay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Brown, soft white, yellow, black, burnt umber
  • Acrylic satin varnish
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Fine glitter
  • Ribbons and trim:
    • Velvet, 1/4” X 13”
    • Yellow, 3” (for hat)
    • Blue satin, 1-1/2”
    • Rickrack, 10” in pink
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet, double sided
  • Paper stem wire, 18-gauge
  • Floral tape
  • Buttons, two 1/2”
  • Wool felt, 3” x 8” pink
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears and/or deco edge scissors; toothpicks; clay roller; wire cutters; flat paintbrush; paper towels or a soft rag

To make a Paper Clay Spring Chick:

1. Position 1-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the wide end of the foam egg. Rub the two shapes together so they fit snugly, then attach the head to the body using glue and toothpicks.

2. Feet: Cut eight, 2-1/4” pieces of stem wire. Wrap together four pieces with floral tape, leaving ½ of the wires unwrapped. Bend each wire end to form “toes” or webbed feet. Three toes will face forward and one back. Repeat with the other set of four wires. Insert legs into narrow end of chick and glue in place.

3. Cover body with clay: Pinch off a golf ball size amount of paper clay, and roll into a ball. Roll flat with clay roller. Press clay onto the body of chick. Continue adding clay, pressing and smoothing until the chick’s body is completely covered. If needed, wet clay slightly with water to keep it smooth. Add extra clay to the narrow end to create a longer egg shape.

4. Beak: Create two triangle shapes of clay and place onto the face of chick. Smooth clay, blending the beak onto the face.

5. Wings: Roll two, 3” x ½” logs and press and shape into wings. Place wings on body and bend slightly. Smooth and blend wings onto body.

So much personality in this chick! DIY it at

Don’t let a fear of painting stop you. You can easily paint this face.

6. Painting: Be sure clay is completely dry before painting.

  • Head and body – yellow
  • Beak – brown
  • Eyes – using pencil point, dab on two eyes in black. Highlight eyes with a small point of cream.
  • Foam disc – cream
  1. Mix 1 part Burnt Umber with 2 parts antiquing medium and apply to the entire body of chick (including legs). Immediately remove excess with a paper towel or soft cloth.
  2. Trace disc onto scrapbook paper, and cut out with decorative edge scissors. Glue to the bottom of the foam disc. Wrap rickrack around the disc.
Base for Paper Clay Spring Chick.

The rickrack is a sweet touch.

9. Glue chick to the foam disc.

10. Apply one coat of varnish to the disc and the chick. While slightly wet, sprinkle with glitter.

11. Blush cheeks with cosmetic blush.

12. Hat: Roll into a tight cylinder a 1-1/2” x 6” strip of pink felt. Trace one end onto felt and cut out circle; glue to the top of the cylinder. Cut a 1-1/2” circle from felt with decorative scissors; glue to bottom of hat for brim. Glue hat to head. Glue yellow trim around hat.

13. Tie blue, satin ribbon in a 1” bow, tie the middle with yellow trim, and glue to neck of chick.

14. Create a 1” bow with blue satin ribbon, tie middle with yellow trim, and glue to neck of chick.

15. Glue velvet ribbon around chick and down center. Glue buttons to the front of chick.

Did you miss Rebekah’s Needle Felted Easter Chick from earlier this week? It’s adorable, too.

Adorable! Tutorial on

Needle Felted Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier.

You can also check out these Seven Sweet, Springtime Chick Crafts.

six tutorials to make Easter chicks

Yarn, felt, socks and even a lampshade are used to make this barnyard of Easter critters.

Tomorrow, I’ll share this chick’s sidekick – a pink, Paper Clay Bunny. What a duo!

paper clay Easter bunny and chick

Happy crafting!


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5 Responses to How to make a spring chick from paper clay

  1. LisaM6 says:

    Cute chicks. Paper clay great idea. I need to find the stuff I bought a while ago. 🙂

  2. This paper clay chick is absolutely adorable!! I will definitely be getting some of this clay so that I can create the chick and his sweet bunny pal! They will look adorable on our shelf!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and the inspiration! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post! 🙂

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