Oh my goodness, friends. I’m so excited to share this craft with you because it turned out so stinking cute. Last year I bought a few of the wood egg shapes from the Dollar Tree and have yet to use them. Originally, I had planned on making an Easter craft with them, but since Easter is almost here and gone, I decided to make something I can keep out all year round. So today I will be showing you how to turn one of these wooden egg shapes from the Dollar Tree into a cute DIY wood chicken you can decorate with for any season.
I think this little chicken is the perfect way to add some fun into your farmhouse decor. What do you think?
Before we get started, I want to quickly talk with you about the wire I used for this chicken’s legs. So, I use something called rebar wire. You can get it in with the cement at Lowe’s or any home improvement store. A large roll of this wire cost around $8.00 and it will literally last you forever. I bring the wire home and rust it on my own for fun crafts such as this. If you want to know how to rust wire, a quick Google search will help you out.
- Wood egg shape from Dollar Tree
- White chalk paint
- Crazy crow chalky paint or antique wax
- Red paint
- Rusty wire
- Red felt
- Orange felt
- Feather boa
- Tin cookie sheet from the Dollar Tree
- Paint brushes
- Paint pounce
Step 1: Draw a wing onto the tin cookie sheet and cut it out. Next trace the wing you just cut out onto the tin cookie sheet and cut out a second wing. I like to do it this way, so each wing is exactly the same size.
Step 2: Paint the wood egg shaped with white chalk paint and allowed to dry. While you have the white chalk paint out dry brush over each wing. Allow to dry.
I find that when dry brushing you get the best results using a chippy brush. They are the brushes that have the wood handles and there normally pretty cheap. I want to say like 0.98 cents a brush depending on the size.
Step 3: Using some red paint and a paint pouncer, begin to pounce red dots all over the chicken. Of course, it is completely optional, but I think these red dots are what makes this chicken so cute.
Step 4: Using the tip of a small paintbrush and some black paint dab on some eyes. Allow to dry.
You can get a better idea of how I did this by following the YouTube link below and watching the full video tutorial.
Step 5: Once you are sure everything you painted has dried, you can now run some sandpaper over the wood chicken. I like to really focus on the edges as I think that’s where it would wear naturally.
Step 6: Now it is time to antique the chicken and give it a chippy wood finish if that’s what you like. To do this, dip a chippy paintbrush into some crazy Crow or antique wax, brush some off, and then begin to brush it over the chicken until you achieve the desired look.
Step 7: While you have the crazy Crow paint or antique wax out, you can now drybrush over the wings. I kind of do a mixture of dry brushing in dabbing just to achieve a rusty look. Allow to dry.
Step 8: Hot glue the wings on each side of the chicken where you want them to be. If some of the tin hangs over the edge, I just fold it over the chicken to the backside.
Step 9: Cut a heart out of the red felt and a triangle out of the orange felt. Glue the heart down first and then the triangle nose over top of it.
Step 10: Cut a little strip of feather boa and glue on top the chicken’s head.
Step 11: This step is completely optional, but I think it makes this chicken super cute. Drill two holes at the bottom of the chicken where you want the feet to go. Next, thread a piece of wire through each hole. Take something round like a dowel rod or large paintbrush and wrap the wire around it to make curly-ques. Bend the ends of the feet so the wire stays in place. Because wire is so sharp you will want to add a little dab of hot glue on the end of each piece of wire.
Here is another fun craft to make with the wood egg shapes from Dollar Tree: Dollar Tree Easter egg
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube