Make An Easter Chick Sweet Tree
This sherbet lemon sweet tree idea would make a terrific Easter gift for kids and adults alike. It's a great alternative gift for someone who doesn't like chocolate.
We love this sweet tree as it is relatively simple to make, great for a sweet tree novice or as a quick craft for the more experienced sweet tree makers! It would be great as a craft for an adult and child to do together as sweet trees are generally seen as too complex for young crafters.
We used a 150mm Styrofoam or polystyrene ball, a 19mm to 22mm wide wooden stick and a medium 98mm high gold tin pail for our chick. Of course, you can alter the proportions upwards or downwards to suit your needs and the amount of sherbet lemons the recipient will want to eat.
Instead of measuring up each component, you may find it easier to purchase one of our sweet tree kits which are already in proportion. Available in various quantities and colours, each one contains the polystyrene shape, dowel and tin bucket for you to get started.
You could also make this tree into another bird, such as a robin for Christmas.
- First, paint the wooden stick and the polystyrene ball with yellow acrylic craft paints. The polystyrene ball may need a few coats of paint to ensure that it properly coated.
- Once the paint is dry you will need to set the stick into the tin pail. You could use plaster of paris or some air dry clay. The tin pail will be able to withstand the heat from the plaster of paris, but be careful as little fingers might not! For some helpful hints on plaster of paris see here.
- Before attaching the ball to the top of the stick, we added some gold organza ribbons to the top of the stick and then used the polystyrene ball to hold these in place. Add the ball by drawing around the stick on the ball and cutting a deep hole with a craft knife.
- To attach the sherbet lemon sweets use foam sticky pads - we have used one 12mm foam pad for each sweet as they are not too heavy. You will need to apply a little bit of pressure to make sure the sweets have stuck. Use the twisted ends of the sweet wrappers to cover any gaps. We used to five packs of supermarket own brand sherbet lemons to make ours!
- Once you have stuck on your required amount of sweets, cut out some wings from yellow card. Cover the card wings with yellow feathers; you could shape the ends of the feathers at the tip of the wings. We find that double sided tape works well for sticking feathers. Stick the wings onto the sides of the chick.
- Cut out some feet for the chick from orange foam, attaching these under the chick with double sided tape. Then cut a beak from orange foam. We wedged the beak between the sweets on the front of the ball instead of sticking it. A top tip for this would be to make sure when adding the sweets that you will have a space between them to wedge the beak. We started attaching the sweets from where the beak would finally go.
- Finally, add some large googly eyes with double sided tape before filling the tin with the remaining sweets to hide the plaster used to set the stick.
- Please remember to supervise children around sweet trees, little eyes sometimes can't tell what's edible and what isn't.
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