Welcome spring with this adorable needle-felted chick peeking out of a paper maché egg. Embellish with buttons and he is ready for your springtime and Easter décor.
Here are the supplies used:
- Wool roving in yellow and green
- Clover Needle Felting Tool
- Clover Pen Style Felting Tool
- Clover Single Needle Felting Tool (optional)
- Stryofoam egg – I used the smallest one from an assorted pack
- Leather thimbles – large for thumb and medium for index finger for protection
- PA Paper Maché Cracked Egg Ornament
- Acrylic paint in pastel colors – I used Ceramcoat Paint Pot Pastel Colors
- Paint brush or foam brush
- Small stencil/pouncer brush (optional)
- Scraps of yellow and gold felt (roving from the pastel pack could be used instead)
- Wonder Clip (optional for holding felt beak while the glue dries)
- Embellishment buttons – I use Jesse James Easter Bunny Hop and Easter Basket
- Craft glue or hot gun with glue sticks – I used Allene’s Always Ready Turbo Tacky Glue
- Small black buttons for eyes – I used special eyes for needle felting from my supplies
- Plastic Rings by Dritz 1-1/2″ (optional – egg can sit in it)
I painted the outside of the paper maché egg purple. It would be cute to add stripes, zigzag or dots – but I did not. Maybe I will later.
I painted the inside blue and pounced on some white clouds with a foam stencil brush. I used the smallest egg from an assortment pack of Styrofoam eggs. It was a bit too large so I rolled it applying pressure to condense the size – you can see the before and after size above. As for the chick itself, I looked on Pinterest for examples of needle felted chicks and gave it a go!
I covered the Styrofoam egg with yellow wool roving and started pouncing gently with the needle felting tool until it was evenly felted. I also needle felted a small shape of green roving for the grass. Note: I discovered that 1-1/2″ plastic rings worked well as a stand for the egg.
For more step-by-step information on needle felting, please read my other posts:
- Hedgehog Needle Felting Fun
- Needle Felted Ribbon Candy and Double Star Ornament
- Needle Felted Christmas Ornament Balls
I needle felted a small head and added black eyes. I had small black eyes on posts in my needle felting supplies – I could have used Jesses James 1/8″ micro-mini black buttons instead. I rolled a scrap of orange felt for the beak, glued it, held it in place while drying with a Wonder Clip, and glued it to the head. If I did not have gold felt, I would have needle felted an itty bitty beak with gold roving. Similarly, I cut and glued two small wings with yellow felt – but I could have made them with yellow roving.
The PA Paper Maché Cracked Egg Ornament has a hanger. I have not decided yet whether I will hang the egg or have it sit in its plastic ring stand. I have seen crystal candle holders used as stands also – to add some elegance and elevation. If you have not tried needle felting, this would be an easy beginner project. Enjoy!