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Make a Felt Easter Chick

Make a Felt Easter Chick

This sweet little chick hatches out of its shell to welcome spring into your home! In needle felting, wool roving is compressed into a denser form by inserting a barbed needle in and out of the wool fibers.

STEP 1  To create the basic shape of the chick, secure a small craft-foam ball to the large end of a craft-foam egg by inserting a dowel-rod piece between them.

STEP 2  For the legs, cut a piece of wire (approx. 15") for each, folding over one end (about 4") to create the length of the leg. Form the remainder of the wire into three equal-size loops for the front toes and a slightly smaller loop for the back toe. Using needle-nose pliers, hold the closed end of the loop that forms the leg while twisting from where the cut end meets the remainder of the wire (after it was folded). Repeat the process to form the feet. When finished, position the front three toes facing forward with the shorter toe at the back. Insert the legs into the underside of the chick’s body.

STEP 3  Wrap the body portion of the chick with equal layers of yellow wool roving. With a felting needle, poke in and out of the wool, compressing it until the entire body is covered and reaches a taut consistency. Add extra wool and continue the felting process in areas where added dimension is desired, such as the cheeks, wing area and above the legs.

STEP 4  Create a freeform beak from orange wool and attach to the chick’s face by poking and blending the orange felt with the needle where it meets the yellow felt. Create eyes by poking and blending small circles of black wool to the face. Add a simple ribbon garnished with a miniature flower around the neck.

STEP 5  To start the egg pieces, wrap equal layers of white wool roving over a larger craft-foam egg. Felt the entire surface with a needle until taut as you did with the chick. Add additional layers of wool to the egg, if necessary, to create more density to the egg’s shape.

STEP 6  Cut the wool around the center of the egg in a jagged pattern with scissors or a craft knife. Gently pull the wool away from the foam. Place the pieces back on the egg form inside out and continue to felt until the desired density is reached. When finished, carefully pull the pieces away from the foam.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Discover more about needle felting here. This project originally appeared in Country Sampler Spring Decorating.

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