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How to make cardboard tube chicks

Don't throw out those old loo rolls - you'll need them to make these cute Easter chicks. They're really quick and easy to put together, and will sit perfectly on a windowsill next to some bright spring flowers.

You will need

  • Cardboard tube
  • Acrylic paint in yellow
  • White, yellow and orange felt
  • Yellow, pink and white foam sheets
  • Pink and white pom poms
  • Black and orange felt pen
  • Strong glue
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Yellow feathers

How to make

  1. Paint the tubes yellow with two coats of paint.
  2. For the wings, you'll need to cut a thick, 17cm-long strip from the white felt. Round off the ends, then cut two yellow and two white strips of the same length, but about a quarter of the width of the original strip. We've used pinking shears here to give each strip a zigzag edge.
  3. Glue the thin strips to the thick strip, one above the other, so they overlap slightly. Then dot a bit of glue on the underside of the wing in the centre and attach to the back of the tube.
  4. Draw around the base of the tube on the yellow foam and add feet shapes, then cut out and glue to the tube. Use the orange pen to draw details.
  5. Cut a small piece of orange felt into a triangle and glue onto the front of the tube for the beak.
  6. Draw the eyes on with a black pen.
  7. Put a layer of glue inside the tube, around the top rim, and glue feathers all the way around.
  8. Cut flower shapes from the pink and yellow foam, layer them together and make a hole in the middle.
  9. Push a green pipe cleaner through the hole and glue a small pompom to the end to secure.
  10. Insert the flower under the wing and secure in place with a little bit of glue.


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