How to make 10 super-cute penguin crafts

Awww . . . Who can resist loveable, tuxedo-clad penguins? Today, I have a roundup of penguin crafts that are simply irresistible. First up, if you’re looking for a fun and easy penguin craft for kids, check out Mr. Popper’s Penguins, featured last summer. Today’s tutorial is for our dapper South Pole Penguins, followed by eight more penguin crafts, all of which have step-by-step instructions on This crazy crowd is sledding, skiing, fishing, and finally napping!

how to make cute penguin crafts for Mr. Popper's Penguins

This tuxedo-wearing trio looks ready to break out in song & dance. Kathleen George designed this troupe of South Pole Penguins.

To make a South Pole Penguin, you will need:

(For one penguin)

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 4” egg, 1 ½” ball
  • Felt: black, gold
  • Fabric: bold black & white print
  • Ribbon: silver
  • Wiggle eyes, 9mm
  • Chenille stem: red
  • Paper: sparkly white
  • Low temp glue gun & glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: ¼” hole punch; buttons; pink felt; red & green paper
  • Tools needed: Plastic knife; craft pins; wooden skewer; scissors

(Hints: If you’re crafting with children, use a plastic knife to cut the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and use thick, white craft glue. Thick, white craft glue is a safe substitute for low temperature glue, though it will take longer to dry and “set.” Children should never be allowed to operate a glue gun or use a sharp knife on their own.)

To make a South Pole Penguin:

  1. Cut a small slice from wide end of egg, so that egg will stand. Cut small, angled slice from narrow end, forming neck.
  2. Cut a small slice off the side of the foam ball. Firmly twist the cut edge of the ball against the flat neck, twisting till they fit together snugly. Glue head onto body using low temp glue.
  3. Using the pattern, cut the jacket from black felt.
  4. Fit jacket around penguin body, gluing and pinning in place. Overlap the slits along the bottom so that it fits smoothly around the curves. Place a dab of glue on overlapping felt and pin in place till glue dries.
  5. Using the patterns, cut out wings from black felt, feet and beak from gold felt, and the chest from patterned fabric.
  6. Glue chest to front with white craft glue.
  7. Glue on wings, feet, and beak.
  8. Make small bows from silver ribbon or fabric. Glue to the neck and pin to secure.
    how to make Mr. Popper's penguins craft

    It’s a very formal affair!

    Let glue dry; remove pins.

  9. Glue on wiggle eyes. Optional: punch ¼” circles from pink felt and glueon face for cheeks.
  10. Twist chenille stem into cane and glue to wing, following photo for placement.

To make a top hat:

  1. Cut from sparkly white paper: a 1 5/8” circle (brim); a 1 3/16” circle (top of hat); and 3-3/4” x ¾” rectangle.
  2. Roll the rectangle into a tube, overlapping the ends about ¼”; glue ends together.
  3. Glue the tube to the brim.
  4. Run a bead of glue around the top edge of the sides and glue the top of the hat in place. Let dry. Optional: trim the hat with holly cut from red and green paper.
  5. Glue hat onto penguin.

Below is the rest of our penguin craft collection. Each photo links directly to the project instructions on Have fun!

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Fishing Penguins by Debra Quartermain appeared on the cover of a popular craft magazine!

DIY cute skiing penguin craft with fleece and Styrofoam

Skiing Penguin by Debra Quartermain glides along on snowflake skis.

craft a penguin family on a sled

Yee haw! Look closely – one little penguin can’t bare to watch! Sledding Penguins by Debra Quartermain.

how to make penguin crafts from a repurposed sweater

Scarf Surfin’ Penguins by Debra Quartermain. This fun-loving bunch is slip sliding along on a scarf made from an old sweater.

How to make felt penguins

Penguin JOY by Debra Quartermain. Doesn’t this gleeful bunch make you smile?

How to make felt polar bears and penguins cute

BFFs: Polar Pals by Debra Quartermain.

craft penguins made from old tights

Two-Cute Penguins by Paula Bales. Mama and the bitty baby are clad in repurposed black tights.

how to make a fleece penguin on an iceberg

Penguin Dreams by Debra Quatermain. This little guy is tuckered out and dreaming of tomorrow’s exploits.

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Happy crafting,


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18 Responses to How to make 10 super-cute penguin crafts

  1. Jane Oparowski says:

    Do you paint the South Pole penguins head black or use felt

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for stopping in and checking out these cuties! The black felt will cover the penguin, including his head, and the pattern link will take you to the patterns. However, you could also change it up and paint his body and head instead, and this might simplify the project, too. You could still use the patterns for the wings and the stomach. Let me know if you have any other question, and happy crafting! Sharon

  2. Wendy Williams says:

    Sharon, My gift card was waiting for me when I got back from WPB, thank you so much! Can’t wait to go shopping!

  3. mrspaulinebrechlin says:

    Cute!!!! I look forward to your posts every day!!!

  4. Jane says:

    Sharon, These Penguins are unbelievable!!!!!!!! I love all of them. Cannot wait to make them. At this point….after Christmas! I will really enjoy making them!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray! So glad they’re bringing you some craft happiness! Have fun with these, and I hope you’ll share photos of your penguins. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Sharon

  5. Kimberly says:

    I’m in love!!! LOL Already beginning my project to make the fishing penguins! Thanks for the link Sharon!!!

  6. piperbrogan says:

    those are adorable! thanks for sharing!

  7. Birgit says:

    I really like those cute penguins — thanks for sharing!

  8. Katiria says:

    You’re right these ARE super-cute. My favorite is BFFs: Polar Pals by Debra Quartermain.

  9. Jill says:

    Super cute! May need a crafting day with my kids!!

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