It’s always a treat to share one of the “heirloom” paper clay crafts from Rebekah Meier. It’s amazing how Rebekah breaks down each step, so that anyone can make one of her delightful characters. While you may not make this whimsical, Paper Clay Easter Chick in an afternoon (there is drying time, after all), you will treasure her for years to come. Here’s how Rebekah made her Paper Clay Easter Chick, step by step. (Have you entered the Spring Craft Giveaway?)
To make a Paper Clay Easter Chick, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ BRAND FOAM:
- Balls, one each 1-1/2” and 2-1/2”
- Egg, one 3”
- Air dry clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint in yellow, baby pink, raw umber, orange, skin tone, and tapioca
- Maple gel stain
- Staining & antiquing medium
- Acrylic satin varnish
- Glitter glue in crystal and pink
- Crepe paper streamers in yellow
- Floral wire, paper covered
- Bamboo skewer
- Button thread in cream
- Cream blush
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; serrated knife; round toothpicks; clay knife; acrylic clay roller; powder; fine sand paper; needle; paintbrushes: ¼”, ½”, flat and liner
To make a Paper Clay Easter Chick:
1. Build the body: Dip a toothpick in glue, and insert it halfway into the narrow end of the egg. Pick and glue the 1-1/2” ball onto the egg.
2. Using clay knife, cut off a 3” piece of clay. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay onto powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder onto roller as needed. Roll clay to a 1/8” thickness. Place clay onto body, completely covering it. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Add the details:
- Roll a 1/4” strip and wrap around the head, creating a hood.
- Shape a small diamond shape piece of clay into a beak and press onto the top of hood.
- Roll two small balls and place onto the top of hood.
- Roll two pin size balls and press to the front of body for buttons.
- Roll a very tiny ball and place on the center of face for the nose.
3. Add arms:
- Bend floral wire in half and twist.
- Cut wire to approximately 2-1/2” and insert into the shoulder area of body.
- Add small pieces of clay around the wire, creating a short sleeve.
- Smooth seams at the shoulders with wet fingertips.
4. Add legs:
- Trim bamboo skewer to two, 2” pieces.
- Insert skewers into the bottom of the body.
- Cover skewers part way with clay to create pants.
5. Make the clay flower:
- Roll six small, pea-size balls.
- Arrange five balls around a center ball.
- Let dry.
- Glue 3” bamboo skewer to back of flower.
6. When clay is completely dry, sand with fine sandpaper till smooth. Wipe away excess dust with paper towel or soft cloth.
7. Paint the Chick:
- Body – yellow
- Face – skin tone
- Buttons – baby pink
- Beak – canyon orange
- Eyes – dot on raw umber, then add tiny dot of cream
- Mouth – raw umber, applied with liner brush
- Eyes on hood – raw umber
- Legs – canyon orange
- Flower – baby pink petals and yellow center
8. Mix equal parts gel stain and staining & antiquing medium. Paint onto chick and wipe off immediately with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.
9. Brush on one coat of varnish, and let dry.
10. Fold in half lengthwise an 18” length of yellow crepe paper streamer. Fold again, creating a ½” wide strip. Gather open edge with button thread. Place around the neck and gently pull and knot off, creating a collar.
11. Fold in half lengthwise a 12” length of crepe paper, and then fold again so the strip is ½” wide. Cut small snips along one edge. Repeat with a second strip of crepe paper. Glue both strips around the chick’s belly. Ruffle the fringe to create the look of feathers.
12. Repeat Step 11, adding fringed strips around the arms and legs.
13. Crumple a small piece of crepe paper and glue to the back of the head (hood) of body.
14. Make the base:
- Using pencil, score a line around the middle of 2-1/2” ball. Cut ball in half with serrated knife. Save one half for another project.
- Brush a thin layer of glue onto a half ball.
- While wet, shake on pink glitter. Shake off excess.
- Let dry.
- Insert Chick’s legs, and adjust if needed till Chick stands straight.
15. Bend wire arms and insert flower.
16. Dot glitter glue on the buttons and flower.
17. Blush the cheeks.
I don’t want you to miss out on the other paper clay figures Rebekah has shared with us in the past. Click through for the step-by-step tutorials to DIY each one. Make them all and have your own Rebekah Meier collection!
Which one is your favorite?
P.S. Be sure to enter the Spring Craft Giveaway by midnight on Monday, March 27!