CHILDREN’S PAPER CHICKEN BASKETS
These cheerful designs are easy to make and children will enjoy filling them with chocolate eggs and sweet treats.
YOU WILL NEED A4 paper (to print template) Pencil A4 tracing paper A3 pastel-coloured card Scissors Cutting mat Scalpel or craft knife Black waterproof pen (such as the Faber-castell Brush Pitt Pen) System 3 acrylic (I used Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red and Black) Old plate (to mix paint) Round hog-hair brush Double-sided tape or stapler
1 Download and print the basket template from elizabethharbour.co.uk. Make a tracing of the chicken shape and two tracings of the chicken’s details (one a mirror image) – feathers, eye, etc, to give you a template for both sides of the chicken. 2 Fold a piece of A3 coloured card in half and transfer the shape (from the tracing paper) onto the card with a pencil, making sure that the fold of the card is at the base of the chicken. 3 Keeping the folded card together, cut around the shape, keeping the fold at the base intact. 4 Place the chicken (still folded) onto a cutting mat and use a scalpel to cut out the handles. 5 Transfer the details (feathers, eye, etc) from the tracing paper onto each side of the chicken (still folded). Draw over these in the black pen. 6 Squeeze a blob of each paint onto an old plate. Brush a small amount of black or brown loosely over the body following the direction of the feathers. Use the same technique with a lighter pressure to cover the neck and head. 7 Clean the brush and use the red acrylic to paint the wattles and comb. 8 Once dry, turn over and paint the other side in the same way. Leave to dry. 9 Open out the chicken (so the painted side is showing) and apply brushstrokes inwards to the side flaps, breast and underside of the tail. Leave to dry. 10 Gently bend the breast and underside of the tail flap inwards and secure in place to the inside of the body using double-sided tape or staple in place.