Sunny Pom-Pom Easter Chick
2 orange pipe cleaners 12" long (or white can be used and covered)
Thin cardboard about 6"x 6"
1 skein Rachel Sun Orange (only needed if you're using white pipe cleaners)
2-3 skeins Watercolours Buttercup or other similar theread or yarn
1 Moderately sharp needle and one blunt yarn needle
2 small buttons (to be used for the eyes)
Matknife or Exacto knife
Step 1 - Using the compass on the cardboard draw 4 circles: 2 each 2" wide
and 2 - 1 1/2" wide
Step 2 - Cut out these circles using mat knife or exacto knife
Step 3 - Cut a circular opening in the middle of all discs: on the larger 2 make
the center opening 3/4" wide, on the smaller 2 discs make the center
opening 1/2" wide
Step 4 - Thread approximately 50" of the Buttercup thread into blunt needle.
(If you double up the strands of thread, this part will take less time).
Step 5 - Put the 2 smaller circles
face to face and bring thread through center and around the edge and then
back through the center, moving around the disk and covering the cardboard
disc as you go around. Make about 3 or more layers around the disc. The
more layer you do the fuller the pom-pom will be. When you are done, you
should have almost no opening in the center.
Step 6 -
If you do not have orange pipe cleaners, take 4 pipe cleaners and wrap
each one all the way around with the Rachel thread - sun orange, covering
all the white.(You can also wrap the pipe cleaners at the very end after
the last step)
Step 7 -
Pass one pipe cleaner through the middle of your thread covered disc, so
that it extends out from one side approximately 2-2 1/2". Fold this
part of the pipe cleaner in half, pointed on the end, to make the beak.
Step 8 -
Slip a sharp scissors point between the 2 cardboard discs and cut the threads
all around the edge of the circles. Wind and tie with a separate thread
between the 2 discs. Pull this tight before tying the knot. Then pull the
discs off over the thread ends or cut the cardboard on one side to remove.
Step 9 -
Fluff the pom-pom making a puffy ball shape. This is the chick's head and
the pipe cleaner beak should extend beyond the pompom about 3/4".
Attach the buttons in the middle part, one on each side of the beak by
using one of the strands to tie a knot. (You'll be able to tell where it
Step 10 - Repeat Step 5 with the 2 larger discs. Then slip the end of the pipe
cleaner opposite from the head through the middle of these discs. Position
it about 1 1/2" down from the head of the chick.
Attach a second pipe cleaner to the first one about 1" below the larger
discs. Then repeat Step 8 creating a fluffy pom-pom to make up the body
of the bird.
Step 12 -
Cut the second piece of pipe cleaner (attached below the larger pompom)
to the same size as the other pipe cleaner (going through the body and
Step 13 - Starting about 5" from the ends of the 2 pipe cleaners make the
webbed feet, by forming a sort of 3 leafed clover shape and then squeezing
these together creating a 3 toed foot out of each pipe cleaner.
Your chick has hatched! Already he's pecking around with his beak looking
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