Garland Chick




by Noreen Doll.

Craft an easy garland chick that has lots of personality.

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This fun chick can sit on your Easter table or guard the goodies in an Easter basket.

I found the garland and the styrofoam balls at Dollar Tree, so they were very inexpensive.

What You Need

Yellow Garland

Styrofoam Balls in 2 inch and 3 inch sizes

Craft Foam Scraps – Orange and Black

1 Orange Pipe Cleaner

Hot Glue or Tacky Glue

Toothpick

What You Do

1. Prepare the garland chick body. Flatten the bottom of the larger ball by rubbing it hard on a flat surface. Make sure it is flat enough to sit without rolling.

2. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the top of the larger ball, and wiggle it around a bit to slightly enlarge the hole.

Poke a hole with the toothpick in the bottom of the smaller ball.

Fill both holes with glue and press the toothpick halfway into the larger ball. Quickly place the smaller ball on the other end of the toothpick and press the balls firmly together.

Let dry.

3. Prepare the garland.  Because my garland had colored foil eggs attached, I pulled them off.

The garland was on a thin wire, so I wrapped it around my hand to prepare the wire for being wound around the ball.

4. If using tacky glue, cover the entire surface of the larger ball, except for the flat bottom. Begin winding the garland starting at the bottom.

Stick the end of the wire into the ball to help hold the garland in place while you wind. Keep the rounds close together, and even overlap to get good coverage. Press the rounds into the glue.

(If using hot glue, you need to add it a little at a time as you wind the garland onto the ball.)

Cover all of the large ball up to the small ball.

5. Add glue all over the small ball and continue wrapping the garland around it. Finish by curling the garland around on top of the small ball.

Cut off the excess. Let dry.

6. Make the feet by using the diagram on how to bend the orange pipe cleaner. Be sure to make a small hook at each end for securing the back of the foot to the leg.

After you finish the first foot, start the second foot at the other end of the pipe cleaner. When both feet are finished, gently curve the pipe cleaner evenly between them.

Here’s what the finished feet should look like.

7. Make a narrow indentation in the center of the bottom side of the large ball just large enough for the legs. I used the tip of my scissors to make the slot.

Fill the indentation with glue. Push the top of the legs firmly into the slot. Leave upside down to dry.

After it’s dry, you could add a piece of duct tape across the slot to help ensure the legs will stay. Mine won’t be handled much, so it’s fine without.

8. Find the best side of the body and head for the front.

Because the garland was long and scraggly, I trimmed it just a little shorter where I was going to add the face.

9. Cut a beak and eyes from craft foam or felt scraps as shown.

10. Using glue, attach the beak to the head.

11. Glue the eyes above the beak, keeping them fairly close together.

To get an idea of how you want the face to look, lay the beak and eyes on the table and move them around until you like the result. Then add them to the face that way.

Your garland chick is finished. He would be cute sitting in an Easter nest on the table surrounded by candy eggs or jelly beans.

Tips

Preschool kids might be a little young for this project, but older kids can have fun with it.

If using hot glue, make sure an adult is there for that part.

Using a fluffier garland without the wire center would make a fluffy looking garland chick, and might be easier to put together.

You could make the chick larger by using larger styrofoam balls. An egg shape would work also.

Noreen Doll

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  1. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Too cute! What would we do w/out the dollar store?

  2. Stopping by from the Shady Porch blog hop. This is adorable!

    http://craftyandcookingmomma.blogspot.com/2012/03/grown-up-easter-chocolate.html

  3. Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. That little chick does have SO MUCH personality! Thanks for the GREAT directions of how to have a darling chick of our own. I saw your post over at Creations by Kara blog party.

  5. She is just adorable! You are so creative!

  6. What an adorable little chick. I’ll be featuring on A little Tipsy on Saturday.

  7. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  8. I think this chick is so cute and fun, I shared it on my FB page tonight! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

  9. Melanie says:

    Too cute!! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday! http://www.bearrabbitbear.com

  10. Adorable!

  11. This little guy is so cute! Just posted a link on the StyroCrafts Facebook page. Thank you! Sharon

  12. I’ve seen this project for the past two weeks, you beat me to every party. He’s so cute, and easy to make. Hi, I’m Connie @ http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/. I added you to my Google + from one of your sister sites. I’ve used them before when searching crafty projects to do with my grandchildren. Stop by and be my friend, too.

  13. That is a really cute idea! LOVE those feet!! What a crafty girl you are! I’d never be able to come up with cute ideas like that!
    So glad you joined up with Pearls and Lace Thursday!!!
    Blessings, Doni

  14. Oh my goodness.. how cute is this!!! And it looks to easy to make :) Would like to invite you to share this with us at Sharing Saturday here..http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/03/sharing-saturday-10.html

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend,
    MiaB

  15. Too cute. Wonderful directions also. Pinning this. thanks, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/03/green-spring-wreath-with-daisies.html

  16. That is the cutest! What a great craft to have my granddaughters make, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. This little guy is so cute, I’m in love with him :)

  18. This is the CUTEST thing I have seen in a while!! Would LOVE for you to come share at my SLEEPY SUNDAY Blog Hop!!

    http://www.randeesorganizedchaos.com/2012/03/sleepy-sunday-linky-party.html

  19. I want a bunny so bad. Little balls of softness. So cute. :’}

  20. TOOOOO CUTE, WHAT can I can I say – just too cute. I would smile every time I seen this cute face. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  21. Super… I like it. :)

  22. SOOO cute! You are so creative!

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/03/made-by-me-22-linky-party-and-features.html

  23. This is so cute!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!!

  24. How cute! This would be a fun craft to do with older kids.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  25. What a cute Easter project! Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays!

  26. This is truly adorable. So happy you decided to share it on BeColorful’s Motivated Monday
    pam

  27. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday this past week! It means a lot to have you be one of our birds of a feather! I hope the party has brought some good things your way.
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  28. Thank you for visiting JAQS Studio’s “Made by ME” Linky Party Wednesdays. I featured your project this week :)

    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/03/made-by-me-23-linky-party-and-features.html

  29. Ooh, this little guy seriously makes me smile! Love it! My son will want to make one the second I show it to him. Would you pretty please consider sharing your project here?
    http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/02/shine-on-fridays-69.html

  30. HOW CUTE!! :o)

  31. Really cute and clever :)

  32. Super cute!!!

  33. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Just had to stop by to say this brought a big smile to my face:@)

  34. This is adorable! Thank you for sharing at A New Creation! He definitely has lots of personality for guarding the goodies.

  35. Just adorable! Perfect project for kids! Came over from the This Gal Cooks party! Have a great week!

  36. I think your chicken looks soooo amazing! What a great craft!

  37. How darling! What a perfect and fun craft without having to spend a lot of money! Thanks for sharing your sweet idea!

  38. I have pinned this too. Very cute.

  39. How cute it this! Saw your adorable project at the Monday Funday party. Love it and pinning! Have a good Monday!

  40. He is so cute!!

  41. This is adorable! I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Check it out
    http://getyourcraptogether.blogspot.com/search/label/Pattern%20Party

  42. This is the sweetest looking chick! I’ve been looking for a tutorial like this. Seems so simple to make. Thanks so much for sharing.

  43. Adorable idea! Thank you so much for linking up at Monday Kid Corner.
    Have a terrific week! And be sure to check out the other linkies this week, listed on our site.
    Jennifer
    http://www.thejennyevolution.com

  44. Isn’t he a cutie! Thanks for the great tutorial too!

  45. Darling project! I’m so glad to have found your blog!

  46. What a cute idea and fun for kids! Reagan would love to make this with me!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    ¤´¨)
    ¸.•*´
    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    http://www.raising-reagan.com

  47. Ooh, so cute. What a lovely Easter craft!

    Leslie

  48. I giggle inside everytime I see this little chick on blog parties. So, I finally had to open it up and look at it. This is so adorable and cute. Come visit me sometime.

  49. What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing, it is darling.

  50. That is adorable! I’ll have to see if I can get yellow garland. Bunnies would be cute too!

  51. So cute! I love it!

  52. Wish we had the UK equivalent of your dollar store! All the discounts stores here never seem to stock this kind of helpful craft stuff! Love the tutorial though and think the Chick is cheeky! Following you – am a fellow guest on the Fluster Buster Muster today: what a range of crafty posts to read: the housework is suffering!

    Isobel

  53. I’m sorry you don’t have a Dollar Store, either. You can really afford to craft using stuff from there. Lots of times I improvise, though. Like with this chick, I wanted to use a styrofoam egg (too expensive), but found a bag of the styro balls which I used instead. You could perhaps use the shreddy looking yarn for this, or create a shreddy paper garland. Thanks for stopping to comment.

  54. How cute! Love this idea!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

  55. Thank you all for you lovely comments… I appreciate them so much! This funky guy is a favorite of mine.

    Noreen

  56. Oh my! This is so adorable! I want to make one for sure! :)

  57. Cutest thing ever!

  58. OMG how super cute. Thank goodness I have some styrofoam balls at home! ;)

    Happy Hump Day!
    Marilyn

  59. Awww! What a sweet chick! Really cute idea! Thanks for sharing it a the Rock N Share!

  60. This is so adorable!

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  61. I absolutely love your garland chick! It is so cute and festive. Great idea!

  62. That is just too stinking cute. Glad I found your project at A Glimpse Inside’s party. Megan

  63. Thanks – I’m going to have to try this adorable project!

  64. I love this! I can’t wait to make these for Easter with my little 2 year old! She will love this! Thanks for sharing on blog stalker!

  65. This is SO cute!!!!!!! I’m not very patient with crafting, but this is something I could do without stressing myself out! The little feet are cute as can be!!! Just darling!!!

  66. Super cute! Thanks for sharing on Do Something Crafty Friday!

  67. This is such a cute chick…nice idea…i will try it out…thank you :):)

  68. Ooo another fab easter craft! I’ll be featuring your post as part of my Easter for Kids roundup from the Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Thanks for sharing. xoxo P

  69. My son thought that these were awesome. He wants to make them. Great project. Very cute!

  70. He is so, so cute. I can see him sitting on my bar. Thanks for making it so easy to make one with your awesome tutorial. It would make such a sweet gift.

  71. I can’t believe you made that cute chick out of a garland! That is quite amazing!
    Super adorable too!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  72. How fun and cute1 I would never have thought about using garland to make a little chick! thanks for sharing with us at TTF.

  73. Love it! He’s super cute. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  74. This is super cute! (But I’m pretty sure you figured that out already!)

  75. So cute! What a great idea. I like the chick a lot better than the garland before. Thanks for sharing!

  76. Adorable project, Noreen! and just in time for Spring!

  77. Adorable! out of more than 600 links from Strut your Stuff, Saturday, I picked this one to open first because of how stinking cute this chick is!

  78. So adorable! Thanks for sharing!!!

  79. This is adorable!! I’m featuring it on MMM tonight

  80. That is one of the cutest little things I’ve ever seen!! Pinned. Thanks for coming to (link) party with me at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  81. Such a cute idea ~ I loved it when I saw it last week too :)

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    ¤´¨)
    ¸.•*´
    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    http://www.raising-reagan.com

  82. this is adorable. Would love for you to join us for our linky party. over at Craftin Desert Diva’s.
    Robin
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

  83. Thank you for linking up to Tara’s first Linky Party over at Craftin Desert Diva’s.
    Robin
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

  84. This is so stinkin’ cute. I never would’ve thought to repurpose garland this way!! Thanks so much. I’ll be featuring your Easter activities this week!!

  85. This chick is GREAT! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at March Madness

  86. What a cute little guy! Thank you for sharing on The Crafty Blog Stalker. I have featured you this week and it will be posted later tonight! I would love for you to stop by to grab a feature button and wear it on your blog proudly! You deserve it! Click here to get to your feature!

  87. I spotlighted this post tonight. Karin

  88. Sharing this on my FB page tomorrow!

  89. This is so cute!

  90. I Love, Love, LOVE this garland Chick! I featured it. :)

    Shauna

  91. Just stopping by to let you know you were Featured!! Come grab a button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

  92. Can’t wait to make these with/for M and M!
    THANK YOU! Loved this!
    Kristine

  93. Awesome tutorial!!!! We will have an Easter feature this week and you will be included.
    We love your projects! Thank you so much for linking up in our Crafty Showcase! You are always so inspiring!

    Susie

  94. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/garland-chick/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  95. You always have such creative craft ideas. Pinned.

  96. This little guy is adorable! My boys would think that he’s perfect on their Easter dinner table, and I might actually be able to do this craft because it looks pretty easy!

  97. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely adorable.

    ~Cheryl

  98. These are the cutest chicks ever! I am definitely going to try making them for Easter. Shared them on Pinterest!

  99. What a FUN idea! Turned out super adorable too…..
    Happy St. Patties!! :)
    x Crystelle

  100. Stopping by from The Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party….I have to say this is one of the cutest crafts ever!

  101. What a cute idea! This would use up scraps of yarn nicely, as well! Found the post through Creative Princess Brandi’s linky party.

  102. Super cute idea! Love your little chick. I think I need to make some of these for my grandkids. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks.

  103. So Adorable thanks for sharing.
    Linda CARD-iologist

  104. So easy and cute for Easter! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  105. This is adorable. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  106. How cute! This would be fun to make with the kiddos this weekend. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  107. This is so cute, seriously one of my favorite Easter crafts I’ve seen! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party. Hope you link up to the party again tomorrow!

    Britni

  108. so adorable look at that little face :) This would be such a fun craft and such a cutie when done!

  109. What a cute idea! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up with us again this weekend, I’d love to see you there Have a great weekend!

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