Make a Baby Chick for Easter with Paper Mache Clay

Baby Chick with Paper Mache ClayToday we have a fast video, a ‘replay’ of sorts. I made this baby chick about six years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite projects. It was a fast project, although it does take time to dry, and getting the legs to balance correctly can be somewhat tricky.

Get a fast start on your next paper mache project or hand-made gift with Jonni’s easy downloadable patterns for masks, animal sculptures and faux trophy mounts. The patterns help you create a beautiful work of art, even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.

With a two-legged sculpture, you have to keep fiddling with the wire legs and the toes until it stands solidly on a flat surface, and sometimes what ‘works’ isn’t what you had originally intended. However, the final result may look more natural, or even more interesting, than the original plan.

I used the same wire leg system with my raven and my dodo bird, but for some reason I didn’t take photos of the wire armature of either of those sculptures. For larger sculptures, you need heavier wire, of course, but the system works with any size bird.

If you’d like to see the original post showing the baby chick, it’s here:


8 thoughts on “Make a Baby Chick for Easter with Paper Mache Clay”

  1. Hi Jonni! Absolutley in love with your work. Very inspiring! I started working on a dragon a few months ago and I am at that point where I want it finished (Procrastination is my weakness :D) I do have one question (which I cannot find the answer to anywhere)! I’ve seen you use papermache clay over plaster cloth…but will plaster cloth stick to papermache clay? I want to do 3D scales over the clay body and I cannot achieve this with the clay (I’ve tried but I just cannot achieve the detail I’m after). Could I use bits of plaster cloth to make individual scales? Or will it not stick? Thanks in advance and best wishes from Belgium 🙂


    • Hi Becca. You have a great idea, but I’ve never tried it. I know you’re in a hurry, but I’d suggest doing some experiments (not on your dragon, of course) to see if you can get the look you want. Also, check out Cindy’s post, where she showed us how she made a dragon. Scroll down towards the bottom, and you’ll see how she used blue shop towels to create the scales. They probably aren’t the same type of scales you’re looking for, but it might give you some ideas. If you decide to use the shop towels, I recommend using the gesso recipe (joint compound mixed with white glue) for the paste. The glue helps it stick to dried paper mache clay.

      • Thankyou so much for your reply. And what a great post, i will definitley do some experimenting with the shop towel idea and gesso recipe!

  2. Thanks for the re-post. It is a cute chick. Love the details and the information on your process. Helps a lot for us who have to learn the hard way!

    (I used the same leg patterns for my ravens, but I forgot the “saddle” part. That would have made my life a lot easier, I see NOW. I did remember to use one wire on the rear leg.)

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