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by Jeanne Jacobowski
of Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store

The Rhode Island Red Chicken shows up again in this fun game.
Store the game pieces in their own coop, too.


You will need:

  • 10 Wood roosters
  • 10 Wood hens
  • 10 Wood clothespins
  • 10 Clothespin holders/stands
  • 10 Wood disks - 1-1/2” diameter
  • Black photo box
  • Acrylic paint - red, yellow, ivory,
    black, grey
  • Stencils - chickens, chicken wire
  • Stencil Adhesive
  • Glue
  • 1/4” Stencil tape
  • 1” Foam brush
  • Paint brushes - 1/2” flat, liner
  • Stencil brush



Roosters and Hens:
1. Paint the rooster’s legs yellow. Paint the hens and roosters red, on both sides. Paint the clothespins, holders and disks black. Let dry.
2. Paint the beaks yellow, make a dot for each eye with the tip of a paint brush handle dipped in ivory paint. Add a smaller dot of black paint to eye for pupil. Let dry.
3. Paint additional designs on hens and roosters as desired like stripes,
criss-cross, or dots. Let dry. Paint 2 each of the same design.
4. Lay 1/2 of the hens and 1/2 of the roosters out and glue a clothespin to each back, making sure that they will be straight when they are stood up. Leave them lying flat to dry.
5. Glue the 10 clothespin stands to the 10 disks and set aside to dry.
6. When the first half of the hens and roosters are dry, glue the remaining hens and roosters to the other side. Make sure that they are all facing the same direction. Let dry.
7. Glue the bottom of the clothespins into the stands. Make sure that they are standing up straight and let dry.


1. Squeeze a puddle of yellow and brown paint on plate. Dipping your 1/2” flat brush into both, make quick strokes along all sides of the black box. Blending the yellow and brown colors to resemble hay. Let dry.
2. Spray stencil adhesive on back of stencil and set aside to dry.
3. Lay the chicken wire stencil along the side of the box, lining it up with the bottom edge to make sure that it is straight. Using a stencil brush, apply grey paint to stencil in a light circular motion. Let dry and repeat on remaining three sides.
4. Place 1/4” wide stencil tape on box top to make nine rectangles for tic-tac-toe, leave on.
5. Paint the box top in the same manner as the sides of the box to resemble hay. Let dry.
6. When the box lid is dry, remove the stencil tape. Using the liner paint brush, make squiggly lines to resemble wire on box top using grey and ivory paint. Let dry.


Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint, Stencil Magic® Stencils, Spray Adhesive, Stencil Brush; Beacon™ Kids Choice Glue™

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