A seagull delights all bird lovers as it is truly part of the heart and soul of the ocean.  As it glides in the azure sky, a seagull looks graceful as well as magical with the backdrop of the sunrise and sunset.  The soothing sounds of a seagull blend so well with the sounds of the ocean waves.  Seagulls are seen near bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, ponds and oceans.  They are so intelligent that they can find their way back home, even when they travel long distances.  Seagulls use lighthouses as markers and many other familiar sites that they frequent.

They are resilient creatures that inhabit every continent, even enduring the frigid weather of Antartica.  They are resilient and can have a lifespan of 49 years.  There are many varieties of seagulls.  One of the most common varieties seen in Northern New Jersey are the herring gulls.  

Laughing gulls, which contain the eye-catching black markers, are common in Southern New Jersey.  Herring gulls and laughing gulls, as well as many other varieties of seabirds, make summers joyous at the Jersey shore.  

As a bird lover, I made a seagull, from chenille stems, inspired by my summer memories at the Jersey shore.  I based my design on the herring gull.  For this project, you will need a pencil, a sketchbook, scissors, white chenille stems, black chenille stems, orange chenille stems, brown chenille stems and craft glue.

The first step of this project is to sketch a seagull using your pencil or any other writing tool.  As you draw a seagull, you will know how to mold and bend the chenille stems to create a herring gull.

After you finish sketching the seagull, you will use the white chenille stems to make the body.  You will form your gull, with the chenille stems, like your sketch.  Shape your gull neatly and fill it in with white chenille stems.  Cut out all the protruding white chenille stems that make your gull look sloppy.  You want your gull to look as smooth as possible.

The next step is to make the gull’s legs.  Use the orange chenille stems to create the legs.  Make the legs long and twist  chenille stems around each leg to reinforce them.  The gull’s feet will be webbed, so make a webbed shape, with the orange chenille stems, like you did in your drawing.

After you create the gull’s legs, you will make the rock that the seagull will stand on.  You will use the brown chenille stems to create a cylinder shape for the rock.  Using the brown chenille stems, fill in the rock neatly.  Use the orange chenille stems to attach the gull’s legs to the rock.  Make sure the seagull stands firmly on the rock.

The final step is to add the finishing touches to the seagull.  Use the black chenille stems to create a tail that resembles a tube like shape.  Glue the tail to the gull.  Make two tiny circles, using the black chenille stems, to create the eyes of the gull.  Glue the eyes to the seagull’s face.  Use the orange chenille stems to make the gull’s beak.  Make a small triangular shape for the beak and glue it on the center of the gull’s face.  After the finishing touches dry up, you are ready to display your gull.

This seagull will add a nautical touch to your home and will always remind you of your carefree summer days at the shore.