Cardboard Tube Chicks

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

Cardboard tube
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.

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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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  1. Anonymous says

    I could see the little chicks sitting on a cup cake! Kids would have a little toy to play with after they ate the cake:)

  2. Katrina says

    Chicks are probably my favorite spring animal. Though I do love bunnies, too. And sheep. Frogs are really cute. My son collects frogs. Aw, little kitties and puppies.
    Can't wait to see what all you come up with!

  3. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    These are really cute—so many things to do with tubes!!! You should do an "angry birds" version of this!!!! (video game) It would be a huge hit!!!

  4. RedTedArt says

    Ooooh we made some loo roll chicks too! But yours are very cute!! Love them – you always have so many ideas!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!



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