By Noreen Doll.
It’s always fun to have creative favor ideas for holidays.
This cute Peep Pouch can be used for kids’ parties, as a classroom project, or just for kids to have fun making.
It’s very simple to do and uses paper plates, tissue paper, and other things you probably already have.
2 Paper Plates
Tissue Paper: Yellow and another color
Black and Orange Scraps of Craft Foam or Card Stock
White Glue or Mod Podge
Spiral Wire from a Spiral Notebook, or other wire
How to Make a Peep Pouch.
1. On the inside of a paper plate, pencil a line across at about the middle of the plate.
Draw jagged edges above and below this line to look like the bottom half of an egg.
Cut out the jagged edges.
2. Choose a color of tissue paper for the egg shell. I used pink.
Cut the tissue paper a few inches larger than the plate.
Crumple the tissue paper into a fairly tight ball.
3. On the back or bottom side of the half plate, cover it with white glue or Mod Podge.
Lay the crumpled tissue paper over the wet glue, and gently press down all over.
Put it aside to dry.
4. When dry, cut the excess tissue paper off all around the plate.
5. Use the other (whole) plate to make the chick.
Cut a piece of yellow tissue paper a few inches larger than the plate. Crumple it into a tight ball. Uncrumple it.
On the inside or top side of the plate, spread white glue to cover it completely.
Lay the tissue paper over the plate to completely cover it, and press down gently to adhere the tissue paper all over the plate.
Cut off the excess tissue paper from around the plate.
6. Lay the pink shell piece over the yellow chick plate (the hollow sides should be facing each other to create a pouch), to see if you have room for the features on the chick.
You may need to trim the shell a little shorter to allow the features to be seen.
7. Once you have the shell the right size, align the bottom rounded edges of the chick and shell.
Clamp the 2 plates together.
8. On the back side of the chick plate mark a hole on each side near the top of the shell plate.
Mark for holes evenly spaced around the bottom of the plate between the 2 top holes.
I found that 2 of the paper plate ridges between each hole worked perfectly on mine.
9. Clamp the 2 plates together using small clamps or clothespins.
Punch around the edge where you marked the holes, about 3/8 of an inch from the edge.
10. Cut a piece of twine about 18 to 20 inches long.
With a dot of white glue, twist one end of the twine tight (for about an inch) and let it dry. This will allow you to easily pull the twine in and out through the holes.
11. Tie a large knot in the other end of the twine to keep the twine from pulling through the hole.
Starting at one of the top holes, on the back side,
stitch the twine in and out of the holes until you come to the other end.
Pull the twine through to the back side of the plate and tie another large knot.
Cut off the excess twine.
12. Make a large triangle from orange craft foam or card stock for the beak.
Make 2 large black circles from black craft foam or card stock for the eyes.
13. Attach the features high enough above the egg shell that they will show.
Put the eyes close together over the beak.
14. Remove the spiral from an old spiral notebook.
Push one end of the spiral through one of the top holes from the back to the front.
Curl the end a little bit on the front side so it won’t pull back through.
15. Stretch the spiral as much as you need to make it stretch to the other side top hole and push it through from the back.
Make a small spiral in front to keep it from pulling back through.
You will need to adjust the wire some at both sides to make it lie flat, and you will probably need to adjust the stretched spiral, too.
The Peep Pouch is ready to be stuffed with goodies, and can be hung from a chair back or hook.
You can use ribbon or yarn to tie the plates together. Just use the glue trick to stiffen one end before you start.
If you use ribbon, cut one end to a point before stiffening it with glue.
If you don’t have a wire spiral, you can wrap wire around a dowel to make a spiral.
Instead of wire, the Peep Pouch can be hung with twine or ribbon.