peat pot chick and bunny

We fell in love with these sweet little critters, and knew you would, too. They are perfect for welcoming spring, and will make the perfect Easter centerpiece.

peat pot chick and bunny

designed by Rebekah Meier, courtesy of The Dow Chemical Corporation

chick

materials

For product information, see sources below.

 The Dow Chemical Company STYROFOAM brand foam, 2” ball and 3” egg

 Peat pot, 2”

 Creative Paperclay Co. Creative Paperclay, one package

 DecoArt

Americana Acrylics in Baby Pink, Canyon Orange, Moon Yellow, Raw Umber

Gel Stain in Maple

Staining & Antiquing Medium

DuraClear Satin Varnish

 Plaid FolkArt Acrylics in Tapioca and Sky Blue

 Clay knife, clear acrylic clay roller, crepe paper streamer (a cream color), fine-grit sanding block or paper, needle and button thread (cream color), paintbrushes (1/4” and 1/2” flat and liner), paper towels, pencil, powder, Ranger Stickles in Crystal and Fruit Punch Glitter, rickrack (yellow), round toothpicks, scissors, water, water bottle cap, white craft glue

instructions

1. Secure ball to narrow end of egg with toothpicks and craft glue.

2. Insert wide end of egg into peat pot and secure with craft glue.

3. Using clay knife, cut a 3” piece of clay.

4. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay on powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder to roller, and roll clay into a 1/8” thickness.

5. Place clay onto ball and egg (above peat pot), completely covering the shapes. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Let dry completely.

6. Sand clay until completely smooth, then remove excess dust with paper towel.

7. Roll two quarter-sized balls of clay into a 1-3/4” leaf shape. Wet clay at neck of chick and press leaf shapes, creating wings.

8. Create a small, diamond-shaped piece of clay into a beak shape and press onto face. Smooth and blend clay.

9. To make buttons, roll two pin-sized pieces of clay into ball shapes, and press to secure to front of chick.

10. To create the hat, roll a pea-sized ball of clay and flatten, then roll sides of clay until smooth. Roll a 1/8” layer of clay and cut with a water bottle cap. Secure top to brim with a small dab of water. Let dry.

11. To create small flower, roll six pin-sized balls. Place balls side by side with one ball in the middle. Set aside to dry.

12. Paint head and body Moon Yellow and let dry. Dot each eye with Raw Umber and fleck with Tapioca. Use liner brush to apply eyebrow with Raw Umber. Paint beak Canyon Orange and cheeks Baby Pink. Paint each button Baby Pink. Let all paint dry.

13. Paint hat Sky Blue, flower Moon Yellow, and flower center Baby Pink. Let dry.

14. Mix equal parts of Gel Stain with Staining & Antiquing medium. Paint mixture onto body, hat, and flower, then immediately wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry.

15. Apply one coat of Varnish to all painted clay pieces and let dry.

16. Paint peat pot with one coat of Tapioca and let dry. Dot the pot with Baby Pink applied with pencil tip.

17. Adhere rickrack around top of pot.

18. Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half, then gather non-folded edge with button thread. Place around chick’s neck and gently pull and knot off, creating collar.

19. Apply Crystal and Fruit Punch glitters onto collar, hat, and buttons.

20. Adhere flower to hat, then adhere hat to head.

bunny

materials

For product information, see sources below.

 The Dow Chemical Company STYROFOAM brand foam, 2” ball and 3” egg

 Creative Paperclay Co. Creative Paperclay, one package

 DecoArt

Americana Acrylics in Baby Pink and Moon Yellow

Gel Stain in Maple

Staining & Antiquing Medium

DuraClear Satin Varnish

 Plaid FolkArt Acrylics in Black, Sky Blue, and Tapioca

 Ranger Stickles in Crystal and Fruit Punch

Clay knife, clear acrylic clay roller, crepe paper streamer (pink), fine-grit sanding block or paper, needle and button thread (cram color), paintbrushes (1/4” and 1/2” flat and liner), paper towels, peat pot (2”), pencil, powder, rickrack (pink), round toothpicks, scissors, water white craft glue

instructions

1. Secure ball to narrow end of egg with toothpicks and craft glue.

2. Insert wide end of egg into peat pot and secure with craft glue.

3. Using clay knife, cut a 3” piece of clay.

4. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay onto powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder to roller, and roll clay into a 1/8” thickness.

5. Place clay onto ball and egg (above peat pot), completely covering the shapes. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Let dry completely.

6. Roll two nickel-sized logs of clay and press into an ear shape. Insert one toothpick into each ear, then insert ears into head. Smooth with wet fingers, blending ears to head. Let dry.

7. Roll two more nickel-sized logs and attach to body with wet fingers and blending at top (at neck), creating arms. Let dry.

8. Sand clay until completely smooth, then remove excess dust. If necessary, fill in cracks with more clay, dry, and sand.

9. For buttons, roll two pin-sized pieces of clay into ball shapes and press to secure to front of bunny. Roll a tiny ball and press to face for nose.

10. To create small clay flower, roll five pin-sized balls. Place balls side by side with one ball in middle. Let dry.

11. Paint flower Moon Yellow and flower center Sky Blue.

12. Paint head and body of bunny Tapioca and let dry. Dot each eye with Black and fleck with Tapioca. Use liner brush to create lines for mouth. Paint nose Baby Pink and each button Moon Yellow. Let dry.

13. Mix equal parts of Gel Stain with Staining & Antiquing Medium. Paint onto pieces and immediately wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry.

14. Apply one coat of Varnish to all painted clay pieces and let dry.

15. Paint peat pot with one coat of Sky Blue and let dry. Dot pot with Moon Yellow applied with pencil tip.

16. Adhere rickrack around top of peat pot.

17. Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half and gather non-folded edge with button thread. Place around neck of chick and gently pull and knot off, creating collar.

18. Apply Crystal and Fruit Punch glitters to collar, flower, and buttons.

19. Adhere flower to bunny’s ear.

This project submitted courtesy of The Dow Chemical Company.

 

sources

Creative Paperclay Co.

(805) 484-6648

paperclay.com

DecoArt

(800) 367-3047

decoart.com

Plaid Enterprises

(800) 842-4197

plaidonline.com

Ranger Ink

(732) 389-3535

rangerink.com

 

 


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5 thoughts on “peat pot chick and bunny

  1. Time to get out my Paperclay and make an Easter project; I had better hurry! Very cute. I also wanted to tell you THANK YOU! I just received my new Create&Decorate magazine today and was very excited to be able to see my Blossom doll in print along with so many other wonderful designs. You made my dream a reality! -Donna

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