Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

Happy Monday, everyone!  It’s Katie from View From The Fridge, and I’m so glad to be back again this month at Juggling Act Mama.  Since it is April already tomorrow, I decided to share a fun Easter craft … DIY Book Page Easter Egg Chicks!

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

 

Such a fun way to add a little whimsy to your Easter and Spring decor!  These little chicks would also be a great Easter Basket topper or fun gift for Mom or Grandma!

This whole idea started when our dog tore apart several old books from our bookshelves (this winter has been long and rough on her … she’s getting a little antsy for Spring).  The books were no longer readable after she was finished with them, but I just couldn’t part with them.  I was bound (did you catch that pun??) and determined to figure out something to make with the pages.  Not too long after the book ‘incident’, I was flipping through my Better Homes and Garden Magazine, and came across these awesome dyed book page wreaths:

Awesome wreaths, huh?  A project for another day, possibly?  Well, I wanted to use this same concept (dyed book pages) to do something for Spring and Easter.  Enter … Book Page Easter Egg Chicks:

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

Want to make some for your Easter Decor?  Here’s how:

First you’ll need dyed book pages.  I used Rit dye in three colors:  Lemon, Petal Pink, and Teal.  BHG has a great tutorial for this process here. Below is my picture version of the process:

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

DYE YOUR BOOK PAGES

Important:  I followed BHG steps exactly, including #6 which says you can put them in the microwave for one minute to speed up the drying process.  I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS!!  I did this, and started our microwave on fire.  No joke!  Our microwave no longer works, but no other damage … luckily!!  My husband was thrilled that I broke our microwave by microwaving dyed book pages … lemme tell ‘ya!

While I had all the dye ‘baths’ made, I ended up dying quite a few pages.  I’m sure there will be more crafts in my future involving dyed book pages (maybe those gorgeous wreaths?!?).

Now that you have your dyed book pages … here’s what you’ll need to make the chicks:

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

SUPPLIES

  1. Dyed book pages from previous step
  2. Paper Mache Easter Egg (Craft store)
  3. Mod Podge (I used glossy)
  4. All Purpose Glue
  5. Small pieces of thick cardstock or thin cardboard (for wings)
  6. Glue on eyes
  7. Mini Pom Poms (I wanted orange, and of course my pack didn’t have any.  I simply used  an orange marker to color a white Pom orange).

 

Here’s the step-by-step:

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

  1. Cut wing shape out of cardboard (I just did this freehand), and mod podge book pages to either side.  Let dry.
  2. Fold bottom part of wing over and apply glue to tab.
  3. Glue wings onto either sides of egg.
  4. Cut book page strips long enough to cover length of egg. 
  5. Strips should be about 1/2″ – 3/4″ wide.
  6. Apply a generous amount of mod podge to egg.
  7. Place strips onto mod podge.
  8. Cover strips with more mod podge, then add the next strip.  Continue this process until entire egg is covered.  Let dry.
  9. Add eyes and pom pom ‘beak’.

 

COMPLETE:

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

Make a couple or a whole flock for your mantel!  Once you have the pages dyed, and the supplies out … each egg only takes a couple minutes (excluding drying time).  Stick to the traditional yellow like I did, or make several colors of pastel chicks!  You can easily make different shades of the same color by adjusting the dye time.

 Book Page Easter Egg Chicks

 

Hope you enjoyed this fun Easter craft, and I hope you’re enjoying some Spring weather this week!  A big “thank you” to Ang for having me here today to share with all of you!  I’ll be back in a couple weeks with more craftiness!

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Hello! I’m Katie from View From The Fridge where I blog about my latest craft, home, and kiddo projects (and some other random thoughts along the way). I am mom to two sweet little boys with another baby on the way … eta mid-May. I usually have half a dozen projects in the works at various stages (and in various places around the house). If you happen to stop by, I’m warning you there could be fabric strewn about and/or paint in our hair (dog included). We have a lot of big home projects going on right now, so 2014 should be a busy and {hopefully} productive year for us! Despite the name (View From The FRIDGE), I don’t cook or bake a whole lot. My husband is OBSESSED with health (to put it mildly), so from time to time I’ll share some of his concoctions. Anything from juice recipes, to cauliflower spaghetti, ‘healthy’ coffee, to the latest trends in vitamins/fitness/kids health might just make their way to my blog if I think they’re worthy of sharing.

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Comments

  1. 7

    says

    Haha… ok ok not funny.. but kind of funny. I can’t believe you started a microwave fire, my hubby would KILL ME! These turned out super cute tho and I had never thought about dying book pages, this is a great idea for so many things! Thanks for sharing it

    • 8

      says

      So … hubby is turning into this ultra health nut and doesn’t like the microwave anyway (thinks it take nutrition out of food). That helped a bit. :) I also had to show him the BHG Tutorial where it clearly said I could put them in there to speed up the drying process (just to prove ‘I was just following instructions’).
      Thanks for the comment!!

  2. 14

    JaneEllen says

    There are so many adorable Easter crafts, hard to choose which ones to do. I have to look tho when I see them on a party. Maybe next year I’ll make these, love to make different things from season to season. Mostly this year I’ve made a few banners. Kinda running out of steam now. No little grand kids to make things for anymore. They’re all teenagers and 20′s now. I like to make things for Easter/spring anyway. I send banners to friends. I want to make your adorable page chicks next year. You make it look really easy. Happy Spring

    • 15

      says

      Hi Jane,
      Thanks for stopping by! I hear you about running out of steam for this year! There are so many cute projects that catch my eye that I just can’t get to! Hope you’re enjoying your Spring! Have a great week!

  3. 16

    says

    I love re-purposing things that would normally be thrown away, and turning them into something useful. These chicks turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up!

    April

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