504 Main by Holly Lefevre: DIY! The Chicks are Coming
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

DIY! The Chicks are Coming

These little birdies are still one of my favorite projects, in fact Jules and I just finished making some...too fun! So, they are easy for kiddos to make (with some scissors help form an adult) and can also be embellished to your hearts content for those of us who love that sort of thing.

Be sure to check out how I made these with fabric and used them on my

Birdie Welcome Banner

Here is the link to the original Chick on a Stick It is virtually the same!I just made these out of fabric and used them on my Birdie House Banner. 
  • Template ...Click HERE for a template. -   (if the template or tutorial does not load, please just email me holly504main@yahoo.com)
  • 3 different prints or colors of decorative paper or cardstock {I used printed cardstock - Citrus Stack from DCWV to be exact - it holds the glue a little better}
  • Glue - I used Mod Podge because the Mod Podge was right there.
  • Skewers or dowels or Craft stick can be substituted to make it more kid friendly)
  • Glitter
  • Scissors and/or Excato knife {and cutting mat}
  • Paint/black button/gem/Sharpie {this is for making the eye...I used fabric paint, but a number of different items could work}
  • Button or brad {for decorating wing}
  • Ribbon {optional}
  • Pencil/Pen

1. Decide which prints/colors will be used for what part of the bird.
2. Trace template  - on back of the paper.
HINT/TIP: I cut out a few pieces of each in all three patterns and then mixed and matched from there...It was easy and fun to have the pieces all available and then be able to play with patterns and colors from there.
3. Cut out 2 {a front and back} of each piece.*
4. Layout your birds
5. Glue the body insert onto the bird outline for each side {do not glue the side together yet}.
6. Lay one of the birds wrong side up and spread glue around. I then put some Mod Podge {or white glue} in a line where the skewer was to go, and place skewer.
7. Glue two birds together {with the skewer sandwiched between them}. NOTE: Craft stick can be substituted to make it more kid friendly.
8. Glue one of the wings and place on front side of the bird.**
9. Glue the other wing and match up on the opposite side of bird...the wings glue together at the top and then to the body of the bird at the bottom.
10. Mod Podge your bird once you get it all assembled and before decorating the beak or eyes…It looks fab and it sturdy!
11. Paint/Place a small amount of glue where the beak is and sprinkle glitter on it.
12. Glue a small button {or gem, etc.} at the point where the wings "attach" to the body.***
13. Place eye either with paint or glue on gem or button.
14. Let dry.
{You may want to finish off both sides of the bird depending on where/how you are going to display it.}
15. Cut lengths of ribbon and tie to base of the chick.
Winged Bird Variation
*Step 3: If you make a winged bird you will need 4 wings. 
**Step 8: Glue wings together.  
***Step 11: Punch a hole in each wing and in the body of the bird and insert brad.
-The sticks easily poke into a plant. I am so using these as a centerpiece in my ornamental Kale...tres cute!
-I also L-O-V-E-D them in my Mason Jars. First I filled the jar about about 2/3 full with dried split peas {you could use other dried beans or even sand depending on your color scheme}. Then added some moss to fill in the top and just stuck my Chick on a Stick in there...I LOVE it!
-I didn't get there, but they would also look so cute hanging from some branches or on a wreath for Spring!
So many ideas! I bet you all have some too!
Happy Crafting!


  1. holy crap these are cute, amazingly cute!!

  2. These are absolutely adorable! Love all the different patterns and fun colors mixed together!

  3. These are SO precious! I have a feeling they may be making an appearance on my spring mantle... If I ever get it finished! :)

  4. Those are TOO cute!

  5. Holly, these would be so cute on one of those spring yarn grass wreaths. Ummm... you know all the cool crafts in blogland...I'm sure you know which ones I mean! ha!

  6. And because that first comment was not quite vague enough, they would also be cute glued onto bare branches with paper roses.

    OK, bye for real now!

  7. Those are just too adorable. I love them. I want a whole flock of them outside my house. I love the PP you used too with them. Thanks for the tutorial and also for linking up!


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