Busy Barnyard Brood


Busy Barnyard Brood

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This barnyard brood is busy getting ready for the big Easter celebration. These adorable chicks are quick and easy to make for a holiday decoration or for a child's room.

Busy Barnyard Brood


  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • Egg, 3"
    • Balls, two 1"
  • Wooden dowel, 3/16" x 6-1/2"
  • Black beads, two small half-round
  • Toothpick, round
  • Yellow feathers, four
  • Craft foam, green
  • Acrylic craft paint: yellow, dark brown, red brown, pink
  • Craft knife with sharp blade
  • Paintbrush, firm
  • Wooden skewer
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Paint foam egg yellow. Cut wooden dowel in half for legs; paint legs and toothpicks red brown. Let dry.
  2. Insert legs into 1" balls; remove and then glue in place with low temperature glue.
  3. Refer to photo and decide if chick will stand or sit; some chicks stand tall on straight legs, others have slightly splayed legs; chick in center rear of photo leans slightly forward; chick in center front sits. Insert and glue legs in egg body so chick sill stand or sit as desired. Gently press balls flat where feet meet the ground.
  4. Using craft knife, cut two small wedges in front of each foot, forming "toes". Paint feet brown; let dry.
  5. Cut toothpick in half; with white craft glue, insert and glue in place for beak. Two halves of beak can be arranged at various angles and varying degrees of openness for different expressions; if positioned wide apart, touch up center of mouth with dark orange paint.
  6. Glue on black beads for eyes.
  7. Referring to photo, determine how you would like wings positioned. Using wooden skewer, make small holes for wings, tail and topknot. Place dot of white glue in holes and insert feathers.
  8. Using very dry brush, lightly brush tiny bit of pink paint on cheeks.
  9. Place chick on craft foam; draw around chick to create base. Cut out base; glue chick to base.

For pattern, click here.

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I love the barnyard brood chicks. They have so much character with their different poses and feathers. This will be so fun to make to see what you can come up with. I never would have thought they were made with styrofoam eggs that you paint. I am a little confused by the tutorial though on howto assemble them. I wish there was a video. This will make such a cute Easter display for a classroom. So cute.


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