Kids' craft: Learn how to make these cute chirpy chicks

Keep the kids busy with this quick and easy craft they'll love.

By Mary Lou Kuipers
Text by Austen Gilliland
Photography by Paul Chmielowiec

Kids' craft: Chirpy chicks
This story was originally titled "Chirpy Chicks" in the April 2010 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

These quick and easy fuzzy chicks are fun for kids to make with craft supplies you have on hand.

Take a peek at a larger image of the finished craft.

You need:
• Yarn in desired colour
• Pipe cleaner
• Bottle cap
• Card stock
• Googly eyes
• Felt scraps
• Beads, buttons, ribbon or other decorations as desired
• Compass, pencil, scissors, craft glue, markers
• Tapestry needle

To make:
1. Cut two 30 cm (12-inch) lengths of yarn; set aside.

2. With compass, on card stock draw two 4 cm (1˙-inch) diameter circles and two 5 cm (2-inch) diameter circles; centred inside each, draw 1 cm (˙-inch) diameter circle. With scissors, cut around outside edge of each circle. Cut 1 slit straight in from outer edge and cut out inner circle and discard. With edges even and slits aligned, hold 2 small card stock circles together. Holding yarn in other hand, and beginning and ending at slit, wind yarn evenly and thickly counterclockwise around circle through centre hole, until hole is full. Holding yarn firmly in place at centre, slip scissors between circles at outside edge and cut yarn all around; still holding yarn firmly in place at centre, slip 1 length of yarn between circles and around yarn at centre, then tightly knot. Do not trim tie ends. Repeat with large circles to make second, larger pom-pom.

3. Carefully push pipe cleaner through centre of large pom-pom; bend in half at midpoint. Form legs and feet by bending pipe cleaner (see photo). To make spiral legs, twist pipe cleaner around pencil.

4. Thread tie ends from small pom-pom onto tapestry needle; push through centre of large pom-pom, tie securely and trim. Trim tie ends from large pom-pom.

5. On card stock, draw bill (for cap) or brim (for hat or bonnet) to fit bottle cap; cut out. With marker, colour as desired, then glue to bottle cap; decorate cap as desired. Let dry. Cut triangle of felt for beak.

6. Using craft glue, affix hat to head; glue on googly eyes and beak (see photo).

Designer's tip
To make your chick into a key ring, after attaching small pom-pom in Step 4, thread tie ends from large pom-pom onto tapestry needle; push up through centre of large pom-pom and out at centre of back of bird. Tie securely around key ring; trim.

Find more great craft ideas here!

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