Easter is coming quickly, so I wanted to share this easy kid’s craft tutorial for making these cute little Easter chicks. All you need are cardboard tubes, paint and chenille stems. I have several more animals to share as well, but wanted to get these chicks posted right away! If you are planning any Easter crafts for your kids, be sure to include this one!
If you would like to make this in simpler form for younger kids, use wiggle eyes instead of marker, or simply draw the eyes on for your children. You can also substitute felt or construction paper for the wings, beak, and tufts of hair. This would work for the feet as well.
I do use a hot glue gun for this project. You can use Beacon’s 123 instant grab glue or other fast dry glue if you prefer. You can also use white craft glue but will need to hold the wings, tufts of hair and feet in place as the glue sets.
Cardboard Tube Easter Chicks
Acrylic paint: yellow, pink, orange
Yellow and orange chenille stems
Hot glue gun
Black Sharpie marker
Cut cardboard tube to desired size, mine are 1 1/4″ high. Paint inside and outside of cardboard tube with yellow paint and let dry.
Cut 3 small pieces of yellow chenille stems, about 3/4″ long each. These are the tufts of hair. Glue them together at the ends so that the ends meet and the tops fan out.
Cut 2 pieces of orange chenille stems, about 1 1/2″ long. These are the feet.
Cut 2 pieces of yellow chenille stems, about 2″ long each. Bend each one in half, these are the wings.
Glue the tufts of hair inside the top of the cardboard tube. Glue the wings to the side of the tube and the feet stems go inside the bottom. Bend them so they stick out the front. See below.
Use orange paint to add beak, and a Sharpie marker to add the eyes and eyebrows. Use an old scruffy, small paintbrush dipped in pink paint to add the cheeks. Before adding the cheeks, dab off as much excess paint as you can so that you are applying it almost dry.
Don’t forget about the video tutorial for my cardboard tube lambs!
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