Spring is in the air, and with it spring showers. Rainy days are perfect for crafting. As the kids have gotten older we’ve ventured into some simple tween craft ideas.
Lately we have gone crazy making pom poms into cute little pom pom animals. The kids have been busy making a new little friend every day this week. This little pom pom chick is definitely my favorite.
This cute little pom pom chick would be a fun tween craft for spring break. It would also be a fun surprise as a non candy Easter egg filler.
Pom Pom Chick Tutorial
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- 12 inch (30.5 cm) piece of yellow yarn
- 4 (yards (3.66 meters) of yellow yarn
- metal dinner fork (one with 4 tines)
- wiggly eyes
- yellow and orange card stock
- craft glue (We used Tacky Glue.)
Thread the shorter piece of yarn through the middle tines of the fork, making sure there is an equal amount on both sides.
While holding the shorter piece of yarn in place, start wrapping the longer piece of yarn around the base of the fork. Be sure to cross over the end of the yarn as you wrap. Keep the yarn snug and close together as you continue wrapping up towards the end of the fork. When you are about 1/4 inch away from the tip, start wrapping back towards the fork’s base.
Continue wrapping until you are out of yarn. Use the tip of your scissors to tuck the loose end of the yarn under the wrapped strands.
Pull the ends of the shorter piece of yarn up, taking the back piece up through the center tines. Tie the ends together.
Slide the yarn off the fork and flip it over. Bring the ends of the yarn around to the back and tie it tightly. Tie it a second time to secure it.
Use the scissors to cut the loops on both sides of the pom pom. We found it helps to go slow and to use the very tip of the scissors. Be sure to cut all the loops.
Then use your scissors to cut the long strands of yarn and to trim the rest of the pom pom strands to all the same length. Roll the pom pom in your hands to even it out and make it look more round. Trim as necessary.
After making a pom-pom, it is time to turn it into a cute, fuzzy chick.
Cut a small oval from orange card stock. Fold the oval in half and crease it. Use a small dab of glue on the folded edge and glue it to your chick, tucking it into the yarn a bit.
Use tacky glue to glue on 2 wiggly eyes.
Cut 2 matching wings from your yellow card stock. Ours were approximate 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) long. Add a bit of glue to both sides of the wing and then wiggle it in between the yarn to glue it in place.
This pom pom chick has seen plenty of pretend play this week. Make a batch of chicks to use as non candy Easter egg filler. Or get the kids together over spring break and make a few as a fun kids spring craft.
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