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Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker

Don't throw away that plastic cup! Instead, use it to create a Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker from Heidi Borchers! Crafts made from recycled materials are a great way to trim your trash and be eco-friendly! Plus, who wouldn't want this little cutie on their desk or table?

Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker


  • 16” square of yellow print fabric
  • Felt scraps: yellow, red, orange
  • Cotton crochet thread
  • Glue
  • Styrofoam ball 2” diameter - cut in half
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Plastic cup 10 ounce
  • Wiggle eyes-2- 1/2”
  • Push pin
  • Bead- small for end of thread


  1. Use the push pin to poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the cup.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  2. Push one end of the thread through the hole. (Hint-Place small amount of glue on the end of the thread, let dry, then insert into hole).
  3. Place the small bead onto the thread on the outside bottom of the cup and knot bead onto the thread.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  4. Glue half of the Styrofoam ball onto the bottom flat area of cup covering the knot. Let dry.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  5. Transfer the body pattern to the fabric and cut out.
  6. Be sure to leave a seam allowance of 1/2”.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  7. Squeeze a line of glue on the right side of one body piece, leaving bottom edges unglued.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  8. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, lay the other piece of the body fabric down to glue the pieces together.
  9. Let the glue dry.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  10. Clip the curves. This makes the seam nice and smooth when it's turned right side out.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  11. Turn the body right side out.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  12. Place a small amount of stuffing on top of the Styrofoam ball.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  13. Carefully pull the fabric body over the cup.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  14. Pull the fabric taut.
  15. Place glue on the inside bottom edge of the cup.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  16. Fold the fabric up inside the cup into the glue.
  17. Use clothespins to help hold until the glue dries.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  18. Cut the remaining patterns from felt, and glue into place using the photo as a guide for placement.
  19. Glue on the wiggle eyes.
  20. Let glue dry.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker
  21. To create the ‘noise’, cut a piece of fabric 3” to 4” square.
  22. Dampen the fabric square with water and fold in half around string.
  23. Jerk fabric down string to make noise.

    Whimsical Chicken Noisemaker

For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to Make a Chicken Noisemaker.

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