How can I make “chickens from plastic bags”?

(I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend btw – and for those who didn’t get yesterday as a holiday, sorry for rubbing it in that we all did!)

Linzi email us with a rather specific question:

I would love to know how to make those chickens made from plastic bags? I desperately want to to know how to make, I teach art and crafts and I know my students would love to make them.

I double-checked what she meant by “chickens from plastic bags” and she means these guys, which are apparently made by communities in deprived parts of South Africa.

My Google-fu is failing me to find either a how-to for those, or indeed any alternative chicken decorations that could be made from plastic bags. I’ve made some little tin chickens from old drinks cans and I’ve seen lots of chickens for dangling made from, essentially, a circle of fabric/crochet – but I can’t find the tutorials for those either now… One thing I did find was the cockerel made from plastic bottles which we featured a couple of years ago – but again, I can’t find any how-tos…

Anyone got any links bookmarked or are better at searching than me?

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8 Responses to “How can I make “chickens from plastic bags”?”

  1. Alice says:

    Can’t find any proper instructions, but here is someone speculating a bit about how they’re made

  2. Flieder says:

    May be here are some first steps:

  3. celine says:

    fantastic chicken, i don’t seem to find a tuto on internet but the photos in are clear enough to give a start. I’m going to try tomorrow, thanks for the link

    • San D says:

      picture with directions, click on link above this line

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Linzi
        I teach technology and my students need to make a chicken out of
        plastic bags.
        I cannot find any how to’s on how to make a chicken out of plastic bags.
        Please let me know if you know of any link or if you have any ideas as well as any step by step instructions with pictures that my students can use.
        I would appreciate any help

  4. Birgit Henckert says:

    Try this address for an intro and figure it out…… Just keep on trying.
    This web-page will give you an idea of how to do it. ;-)




  5. Jo says:

    I couldnt Find either, most be illuminatin work

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