How to make a chicken-themed holiday card December 14, 2018

We love winter holidays here at My Pet Chicken. Everyone is decorating their coops, shopping for (or making) that perfect gift, and kitchens smell delicious — like vanilla, peppermint and cinnamon.

I adore giving homemade gifts during the holidays. Okay, I enjoy giving homemade gifts any time of the year, but holidays give a little extra spirit to the creations! One of the simplest things I love to do is make my own cards. Each card is unique and comes right from my soul and means so much more than selecting a commercially-made card in the store.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

I wanted to share one of my favorite templates with you so that you can create your own cards to send to friends and family this year. Making cards is also a great way to spend time with your children and grandchildren, or even have a party with all your “Crazy Chicken” friends! It’s easy; let me show you how!

First, you need to put a few simple supplies together.

  • Cheggen Card Template & cardboard or template plastic (we call the little critter in our logo a “cheggen” because it’s sort of a chicken-egg combo)
  • Cardstock or blank cards
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Variety of fancy paper (this can be anything, but I like the acid-free photo-book papers at hobby shops)
  • Cotton balls – one or two can make 10+ cards
  • Glitter & craft glue
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons, or even paint
  • Scraps of ribbon or other craft/nature materials

Once you’ve got that, you’re ready to start!

  1. Print your template and paste it onto cardboard or trace it onto plastic template material for repeated use—or you can simply print it onto the papers you want to use.
  2. Fold your cardstock in half or cut to the size and shape you want.
  3. Cut out your Cheggen parts and lay out on the cardstock to decide how you want your Cheggen to look. There are many ways to position the wings and they can be used interchangeably.
  4. Sketch out a background for your Cheggen – some ideas include a nest, sitting at the fireplace or beside a Christmas tree, sitting in a tree or on strings of lights, your imagination is the only limit.
  5. Fill in your background in whatever medium you prefer. This is the time to add glitter to the background as well.
  6. Now it’s time to add your Cheggen! Use craft glue or glue sticks to attach the cut-out Cheggen parts. The outstretched wings go behind the body, so glue them on first. The tear-drop wing goes over the body and can go on last.
  7. Add the Santa hat! Glue it to the Cheggen like you did the other parts, then use hot glue to attach a strip of cotton from your cotton balls over the bottom edge of the hat and a small ball of cotton to the end of the cap.
  8. Draw a face on your Cheggen. The beak can be open or closed, just draw one or two “V”‘s in whichever direction you want the beak to go. You can add wattles below by drawing two “U’s”. The eyes are ovals and you color in the iris wherever looks good.
  9. Last, embellish your card with any other creative materials you want: pressed flowers; ribbon; leaves; bark; seeds; etc.

Now you are ready to add a special message to your card and deliver it with a basket of home baked cookies to your loved one.

Happy crafting!

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