Happy day – I’m sharing the first spring craft of the year! It’s been an easy winter so far, but I am ready for spring. And nothing says spring like one of Rebekah Meier’s sweet little chicks. Her paper clay, Flower Pot Chick reminds me of spring babies, daffodils, green grass, and warm sunshine. Bring it on!
To make a Flower Pot Chick, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
- Air-dry clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
- Peat pot, 2”
- Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Baby Pink, Raw Umber, Canyon Orange, Tapioca, Sky Blue
- Gel stain in maple
- Staining & antiquing medium
- Acrylic varnish in a satin finish
- Ric rac in yellow
- Crepe paper streamers in cream
- Button thread in cream
- Glitter glue
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; bamboo skewer or round toothpicks; acrylic clay roller; clay knife; powder; fine sanding block or fine sandpaper; water bottle cap; paintbrushes: 1/4”, 1/2” flat, and liner; needle; paper towels or soft rag
To make a Flower Pot Chick:
1. Position the 2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the narrow 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. Glue the wide end of the egg into the peat pot.
3. Cut off a 3” piece of clay. Sprinkle your work surface with powder, and roll the clay to 1/8” thick. Completely cover the chick’s body with the clay, but do not cover the peat pot. Blend the seams and smooth the clay with wet fingertips. Let dry completely.
4. When dry, sand the chick’s body with fine sandpaper till the clay is completely smooth. Wipe away the excess dust with a paper towel or soft cloth. If there are any cracks, fill the cracks with more clay, let dry, and sand again.
5. Wings: Roll two, quarter size balls of clay into 1-3/4” leaf shapes. Wet clay around the chick’s necks and press the wings onto the chick, and smooth out the seam.
6. Beak: Shape a diamond from a small piece of clay, form into a beak, press onto the chick’s face. Smooth and blend clay.
7. Buttons: Roll two, pin size balls of clay, and press onto the front of the chick.
- Roll a pea size ball of clay and flatten. Smooth the sides with your fingertips. This is the top.
- Roll a small ball 1/8” thick, and cut out a circle with a water bottle cap.
- Secure the top of the hat to the brim with a dab of water.
- Flower: Roll six tiny, pin size balls. Place five of the balls around a center ball, forming a flower. Do not yet add to the hat.
- Let dry.
9. Paint the chick:
- Head & body: Moon Yellow
- Eyes: Raw umber, with fleck of Tapioca
- Eyebrows: Raw Umber
- Beak: Canyon Orange
- Cheeks: Baby Pink
- Buttons: Baby Pink
- Hat: Sky Blue
- Flower: Moon Yellow petals with Baby Pink center.
10. Antique the chick: Mix equal parts of the gel stain with the staining & antiquing medium. Brush the mixture onto the chick and the hat, and then immediately wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.
11. Varnish the chick and hat and let dry.
12. Peat Pot:
- Paint the peat pot Tapioca.
- Apply Baby Pink dots with a pin head or pencil tip. Let dry.
- Glue ric rac around the top of the pot.
13. Neck ruffle:
- Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half.
- With edges together, gather the open edge with button thread.
- Place the gathered crepe paper around the chick’s neck.
- Gently pull the thread to fit around the chick’s neck.
- Knot off thread.
- Apply glitter glue to the collar, hat and buttons.
- Glue the flower to the hat, and then glue the hat to the chick’s head.
Rebekah used her paper clay magic to make the Spring Chick she shared with us last year.
Rebekah also crafted this charming, Easter candy jar with paper clay and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I can’t imagine a sweeter place to stash jelly beans!
Good things come in pairs, and this Flower Pot Chick has a little buddy. I’ll introduce you to him on Friday.
I saw crocus blooming yesterday, and it’s still February! We should be buried in snow right now, but it’s been a super mild winter. Does it look like spring where you are?
Happy springtime crafting!