Who knew white gym socks could make such sweet (never stinky!) Penguin and Polar Bear Ornaments? Kathleen George, that’s who (of course!). I promised a week of Christmas crafts made with socks and gloves, and so today, here’s how to make these Polar Bear and Penguin Ornaments from socks. Read the list of materials closely, as I’ve listed separately the materials needed for just the Polar Bear or just the Penguin.
To make the Polar Bear & Penguin Sock Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg & 1-½” ball
- White sports sock
- Inexpensive stretch glove in bright color (hat)
- Thread to match socks
- Half-round black beads, 7mm (eyes)
- Thin cord (for hanging)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Powdered blush or pink chalk ; small sprig of artificial greens
- Tools needed: Scissors; Serrated craft knife; Exacto® knife with new blade; twist ties; pencil with sharp point; small nail scissors or knitting needle; craft pins; large-eyed tapestry needle; optional: iron
Additional materials for the Penguin Ornament:
- Black tights or sock
- Felt: 1-½” black circle; scrap of dark tan or burnt orange
- Pompom (to coordinate with glove)
Additional materials for the Polar Bear Ornament:
- Small amount of acrylic stuffing
- Black felt
To make the Polar Bear & Penguin Sock Ornaments:
Create the body:
1. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” egg so the egg will stand. Cut a small slice from the narrow end.
2. Cut a small slice from one side of the 1-½” ball.
3. Twist together the flat side of the ball and the narrow, cut end of the egg until the two shapes fit together snugly.
4. Glue the ball and egg together.
1. Push the head of the penguin down into the toe of the black sock. Pull the sock down tightly around the body. Gather the sock together firmly under the bottom of the penguin and wrap a twist tie around the sock. Trim away excess sock right below the twist tie.
2. Remove the twist tie and push a sharp pencil into the bottom of the penguin. Place white craft glue into the hole.
3. Using the pointed end of nail scissors or a knitting needle, push the edges of the sock deep into the hole to secure the sock. Be sure to keep the sock pulled smooth and tight around the body. Use craft pins to hold as well. When all the sock edges are well secured, if the bottom of the egg is lumpy, gently but firmly push the lumps down into the egg with your fingertips to flatten. Glue a 1 ½” circle of black felt onto the bottom of the penguin.
4. Using the patterns, cut out the penguin’s chest from the white sports sock. Glue the chest onto the front of the penguin with a generous amount of white craft glue. Hold in place with craft pins while the glue dries.
5. Cut out the wings from the left-over black sock using the pattern provided. With right sides together sew the wings together using a 1/8” seam. Clip, and turn right sides out
6. To attach the wings to the body, carefully cut small slits through the sock and into the sides of the body. Run a bead of white craft glue along the cut edge and gently push the ends of the wings into the body. Position the wings, add glue, and pin in place till the glue dries.
7. Cut feet and beak from dark tan felt and glue in place.
8. Glue on half-round beads for eyes.
9. Cut off a fingertip from the stretch glove. Roll up the cut edge to form a small cuff and pull over the top of the penguin’s head for a hat. Secure with glue and craft pins. Glue a ¼” pompom to the top of the hat.
10. Cut a 1” wide strip from the cuff of the glove. Gently stretch out the strip, and the edges will curl inward; optional: iron the strip flat. Wrap the strip around the penguin neck for a scarf. Glue and pin to secure.
11. Optional: Tuck a sprig of artificial greenery into the neck and wing. Blush cheeks with powdered blush or pink chalk.
1. Cut out a body piece from a sports sock using the pattern provided. With right sides together, sew along the seam line as indicated. Clip the seam and turn right side out.
2. With the seam centered at the back, and the end of the seam line at the nose area, pull the sock tightly down over the body. Follow Step 3 above to secure the sock.
3. Cut out four paws and two ears from sports sock using the patterns provided. With right sides together, sew the pieces together, clip and turn. Lightly stuff each piece with acrylic stuffing.
4. Attach the front paws and ears to the polar bear following instructions in Step 6 above. Glue the back paws flat onto the bottom of the polar bear.
5. Cut out a tiny nose from black felt using the pattern provided. Glue onto the face right at the end bump of the stitching.
6. Glue on half-round black beads for eyes.
7. Cut a scarf following Step 10 above. Tie around the neck of the polar bear.
8. Finish following Step 11 above.
To hang the Polar Bear and Penguin Sock Ornaments, sew a thin cord to the top of the head using a large eyed tapestry needle. Tie the ends of the cord to make a loop.
Have you made any ornaments this year? I’d love to hear what you’ve made. Tell me!