How to make your own Easter Chicks by the super talented Mia Underwood
Posted on March 23 2015
Mia is a Brighton based artist, illustrator, author, mum of two and friend of The Wee Department Store. Luckily for us, she is going to be doing a monthly craft post here on the blog!
Here she is sharing a crafty excert from her book, Nordic Crafts, on how to make an Easter chick display.
Here are some cute fluffy chicks to celebrate Easter with. I like making a display by hanging these on branches arranged like a tree; it is easy and very cost-effective. You could also add them to an Easter bonnet or basket.
You will need:
- 3 x polystyrene balls each 1½ in. (4 cm) diameter
- ¾ oz (20 g) merino wool tops in yellow
- Felting needle with handle
- ¼ oz (5 g) merino wool tops in orange
- 1/8 oz (2 g) merino wool tops in black
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
Step 1 – Making The Body
Cover your first polystyrene ball entirely with yellow wool, and attach it using the felting needle. Hold the ball in one hand while you jab the wool into it with the other. You will hear a pleasing crunching noise as you push the wool into the ball.
Step 2 – Adding The Wings
Roll up a piece of yellow wool to make a wing shape about 1 in. (2.5 cm) long. Attach it to the side of the ball body using your felting needle. Needle around the outer edge and gently over the top to make a curved shape. Add more wool if needed. Repeat on other side.
Step 3 – Adding A Head And Face
Roll a large piece of yellow wool into a ball about 1 in. (2.5 cm) all round. Attach it to the body using the felting needle. Roll and pinch a piece of orange wool into a beak shape. Attach it to the face using the felting needle.
Step 4 – Adding Eyes
Roll a tiny piece of black wool into a ball and place on the chick’s head. Poke it using the felting needle into a neat round eye shape, then repeat for the other eye.
Step 5 – Adding A Hanging Thread
If you would like to add a loop to hang your chick from, thread the sewing needle with thread, sew it through the back of the neck, and exit through the crown of the head. Tie a knot in the thread, and cover the knot by needling an extra piece of yellow wool over it. Repeat all the steps to make two more chicks.
Time to get crafty!
Let us know if you make a chick – send us a photo or share one on social media and tag us (@theweestore, #theweestore).
However if crafting isn’t your thing, Mia is selling some ready made chicks on TWDS. Each one is handmade and individual.