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1. Make a chick by gluing together two yellow pom-poms. Glue on a felt beak and feet. Add eyes with dimensional fabric paint. Let dry. (See my suggestion below for other ideas)
2. Insert the chick into a prestretched balloon. Blow up the balloon until it’s the size of a tennis ball. Knot the balloon and spray it with a light coating of cooking spray.
3. Cut perle cotton string into six or seven 2-foot lengths.
4. Pour white glue into a dish. Dip a length of string into the glue to coat it, then run it between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Wrap it around the balloon. Add more crisscrossing strands until there are no gaps larger than the chick.
5. Clip the knot of the balloon to a hanger, and hang it up to dry (It was suggested to try hanging them from a shower curtain rod).
6. With scissors, carefully pop the balloon and remove it.
I used to do this as a kid and it is so simple and fun! Personally, I would prefer to use pre-made chicks, especially since they’re easy to find this time of year. Gluing on tiny beak parts would require more patience than my kids would like to give (and could be difficult for younger children and those with special needs). It would also cut out the cost of the dimensional paint for the eyes. Googly eyes are fun, too, if you decide to make your own chicks!
This was riginally published in the April 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine. Thanks to them for this awesome idea!