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Pom-Pom Chicks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


Tip: Varying the posture of the chicks' legs will give them slightly different personalities.


  • 1 1/8-inch pom-pom maker

  • Yellow yarn

  • Scissors

  • Yellow twine

  • Needle

  • Yellow thread

  • Orange pipe cleaners

  • White glue

  • Felt

  • Black embroidery thread


  1. You will need a 1 1/8-inch pom-pom maker from a crafts store and yellow yarn (this is a thin mohair, but we used various thicknesses for different piles). Wrap yarn around two of the kit's plastic pieces placed back to back, until the middle is filled with yarn. Repeat with the other two plastic pieces.

  2. Hook the two sides into each other to make a yarn 'wreath.' Cut around sides of the wreath.
  3. Use yellow twine to tie yarn in the middle.
  4. Remove plastic pieces to reveal pom-pom. Trim again to make pom-pom round.
  5. To make a smaller pom-pom for the head, use less yarn or trim down a large pom-pom.
  6. Sew pom-poms through centers with yellow thread to connect the head to the body.
  7. Trim the nap from orange pipe cleaners to create legs. Cut two 2 1/2-inch pieces, and bend them in the middle for 'knees.' Notch at the bottom, as shown.
  8. Bend a 3/4-inch piece of pipe cleaner into a V, dab white glue on outside corner, and cinch inside notch to create feet. Put a dab of glue on the top of the legs, and push into pom-pom so that chick will be able to stand; adjust position of legs, and allow glue to dry with chick standing up.
  9. Cut two small triangles of felt for the beak, and adhere with dabs of glue.
  10. Thread a needle with black embroidery thread, and tie a knot at the end. Insert needle where eye would be, and push through head, leaving knot flush with pom-pom surface; knot and trim other end for second eye.

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