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Eglantine, the Easter hen

Here's Eglantine, a honey of an Easter hen, a touching and amusing Easter decoration made out of natural materials, which you can make at home. Its originality stems from the wooden spoons that represent both the incubating eggs that are being kept nice and warm, but also a pair of long legs dressed in striped socks. Materials
  • thick (5mm) white felt (11 x7.9 inch - approx A4 size), pieces of yellow, orange, red and black felt
  • a ribbon from which to hang Eglantine (here it's an orange ribbon)
  • 2 twelve inch long round or oval shaped wooden spoons,
  • some yellow, red and white acrylic paint
  • a large paintbrush and a fine-tipped paintbrush
  • orange and white thread, a needle
  • all-purpose glue
easter hen decoration

step 1

Print out the templates opposite. Each template must be printed out in A4 format (the hen's body takes up the entire page, 8.3 x11.4 inches), this means the hen is properly-proportioned in relation to the wooden spoons.

step 2

Cutting out the hen's different parts in the felt Using our templates, cut out the shapes for Eglantine's different body parts:
  • the body is in white felt,
  • the beak and 'pouch' are yellow
  • the wings orange
  • the comb, the wattle and feet are red
  • and the eyes are made from black felt

step 3

Easter hen craft designFix the 'pouch' in position using 2 pins. Next, with the scissors, make a slit, about 1.2 inches long in the hen's back through which you will slide the wooden spoons. This slit must be 0.4 inches from the bottom of the yellow 'pouch', and is therefore hidden by this 'pouch'.

step 4

sewing and craft design The sewing stage : using two strands of the orange thread to sew on crosses to fix the 'pouch', then the wings in position.

step 4

sewing and embroiderySew the end of the beak and the top of the wattle together: this gives a 3D effect to the beak. Then, using a cross shaped stitch, fasten the other 2 corners of the beak. Sew on the crest. If you like, you can add on a ribbon (here it's an orange ribbon), that you will use to hang Eglantine up. Fasten on the black felt eyes by sewing them on with the white thread using embroidered satin stitches. Here we're aiming to sew white onto the eyes, leaving a little black spot to the side to create the hen's expression.

step 5

painting and craft design The painting stage Create a light orange by mixing red and yellow paint together. Paint the entire surface of the wooden spoons, applying two coats of paint.

step 6

Painting Easter eggs Paint the rounded back of the spoons as you would Easter eggs, with little circles and curved lines to emphasize the egg shape. You may use the flat wooden end of the large paint brush handle like a rubber stamp (as seen here with the yellow and red spots).

step 7

painting the hen's feetOnce the paint has dried, paint red stripes onto the handle of the wooden spoons.

Step 8

hen craft designonce the paint has dried, place the wooden spoons in the 'pouch'. Using the pointed-tip scissors, cut out 2 foot-shaped pieces of felt, into which you will set the ends of the wooden spoons. Apply glue to the bottom of the wooden spoons and the edge of the holes in the felt feet, then push the spoons in and hold them there for a few seconds. Leave to dry.
All that's left to do now is to add Eglantine's eggs and feet (either crossing her legs or leaving them straight...) and to hang her up.
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