I recently posted several cardboard tube crafts for Easter. I wanted to make sure I got those posted in time in case anyone needed a fun project for the holiday. In addition to the Easter cardboard tube crafts, I have several cardboard tube farm animals to show you! I’ll start the series with the chicken. It’s probably one of my favorites of all the farm animals, must be her cute long legs. :) I’m excited to show you this farm series of crafts, so let’s get started!
Don’t you think she’s cute? Makes me wish I would have made her a little hen house. Hee hee. You can make her little baby cardboard tube chicks too. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing quite a few farm animals in this series in the coming days!
NOTE: I used a hot glue gun. If you choose to do the same, please be careful and always supervise children or do the gluing for them. You can use instant grab glue instead.
First you’ll need to cut a section of cardboard tube about 1 1/2 – 2″ high. Paint it white, inside and out, and set it aside to dry.
To make the legs, cut about 3″ off of an orange chenille stem (I used that for the chicks’ feet) and then cut the remaining length of the orange chenille in half.
From each of the two chenille legs, cut a 1″ piece. Cross the 1″ piece with the longer piece as shown above.
Now twist that 1″ piece around the longer piece. Note to self: move the stupid glue gun before taking pictures so the focus hones in on the right object. Especially if you’re going to have the camera on a tripod and just not really pay attention to what the result is until you actually download the pictures and it’s just too dang late to take another one.
Bend the foot so that your chicken will be able to stand. Glue the legs inside the bottom of the tube. Hmm. I moved the glue gun and it’s still blurry. *sigh*
To make the chicken’s comb, bend a red chenille stem as shown above, trimming off the excess.
Glue the comb to the inside top of the tube.
The wings are made in a similar fashion from white chenille. Shape chenille into a heart shape, trim and glue to the side of the tube.
Paint a triangle for the beak and use a black Sharpie marker to add the eyes and eyebrows. Finally, dip a scruffy paintbrush or Q-tip in pink paint and dab off all the excess paint. The paintbrush will be almost dry. Dab pink on for the cheeks.
More farm animals to come, so stay tuned!
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