Posted 6th Jul 2016
These cute hay animals are really easy to make and bring the scent of a freshly mown meadows inside
You will need:
- Copper wire (0.4mm diameter, available from most craft shops)
- Hay (available from pet shops)
- A few metal pins
- Two short screws
- A pencil
1. You can download the animal template here. Use them to trace the chicken's body and two wings onto your piece of cardboard, then cut them out.
2. Begin by looping the wire around the cardboard chicken's neck and twist it to make a noose.
3. For the head, wrap a strand of hay around the cardboard and fix it in place with wire. Don't cut the wire â€“ keep using it as you work your way down. Repeat this step until the whole head is covered with an even layer of hay and the chicken's beak and comb are clearly visible.
4. Continue to work your way down the neck to the body. Gradually start using thicker clumps of hay to give the body more shape, making sure the chicken can sit on its stomach.
5. For the tail feathers, wrap the tail in a thin layer of hay. Arrange a few thicker stalks around the tail to look like feathers, then hold them in place with wire. Use hay to cover up the ends that are attached to the body and conceal the join. Cut the wire.
6. To trim, cut the ends of any stalks which are sticking out using the scissors to give the chicken a smooth surface.
7. To make the wings, wrap the cardboard cut-outs in hay and wire in the same way you did for the body, then trim. Attach them to the body using pins.
8. For the eyes, twist a screw into each side of the head â€“ dark or rust-coloured screws will contrast well with the hay.
Our hay chicken looks great perched on an old wooden ladder, but it will look just as good on a windowsill or table. If you like, tie a ribbon around the chicken's neck once it's finished
Dampen the hay with a little water. This makes it easier to wrap round the template.