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Thursday, April 7, 2011

2x4 Spring Chick Tutorial

This one's quick and easy, and super cute when finished-all fluffy and soft!
(except for the wood block part...)
Here's what you'll need:
2x4 block cut to 5 inches tall
a handful of yellow feathers, I used 12
beak and feet cutouts
(mine are 1/2 inch MDF, you could use foam, chipboard, or paper)
orange paint and brush
2 black furniture tacks
General Supplies:
glue gun
*I needed a gift bag for a baby shower so you'll notice I'm not using a block, but a paper bag. The process is the same, just lighter...)
Start  by sanding the edges smooth on the block and your cutout pieces.
You can paint the block yellow if you wish, I didn't cause well, unless you're looking at the back side, you can't see it!

Using your glue gun, attach the feathers.
 Think of your block as a clock, start at 12 o'clock and work your way all the way around. Use the scissors to shorten the feathers as needed, be sure to save the cut pieces!
They work perfectly to fill in gaps.

The feather ends should all meet in the middle, just above the center of the block.
You'll cover them up with the beak piece...

Paint the beak and feet pieces orange. Sand or ink the edges and then glue them into place.

The beak will cover the feather ends and the feet should sit off center just a bit up from the bottom edge of the block.

Using the hammer, set the eyes into place...

Add a sweet little bow and your little chicky is done!
*I slipped a little flower under the "wing" in the top picture*

(Hehe! Look how cute they are as gift bags. They might be cuter than the intended present...)

Happy Crafting.
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