Did you know that today is Penguin Awareness Day? Which is all the reason I need to feature an adorable penguin craft. Not that I need a reason – just about any day is a good day to make a penguin, right? This little penguin is catching a few winks in his icy bed, and designer Debra Quartermain named him Penguin Dreams. Because you can never have enough cute penguins, I’ve included links to a few other penguin crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.
To make a Dreaming Penguin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls, one each 2-1/2″ & 1-1/2″
- Block, 12″ x 10″ x 1-1/4″
- Egg, 2-1/2″
- Textured snow paint
- Yellow, small piece (beak & feet)
- 5” x 10” pieces of white & black plush felt (head & body)
- Red fleece fabric, 6″ square (hat)
- Plaid cotton fabric, 6″ square (blanket)
- Blue pompom, 1″
- Black embroidery floss
- Sequin snowflake
- Iridescent glitter
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Powdered blush
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line black permanent marker; sharp pencil; ruler; compass; needles; straight pins
To make a Dreaming Penguin:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut an 8″square from the foam block. Trim the edges to make jagged points, shaping an “iceberg” that’s about 6” square. Glue the 2-1/2” foam ball to one side of the iceberg.
2. Paint the iceberg and snowball with textured snow paint. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
3. Cut a small slice from the 1-1/2” ball; this will be the head. Cut a small, lengthwise slice from the foam egg; this will be the body.
4. Cut the felt and fleece as follows:
- Cut out patterns, and cut felt pieces as indicated.
- Cut a 4” circle from both the white and black plush felt. Cut the black circle in half for the wings.
- Place the foam egg, flat side down, on the black plush felt. Trace a large oval around the foam egg, extending 1-1/2” all around the egg.
5. Center the head, rounded side down, on the circle of white, plush felt. Wrap felt around to the flat side of the ball and pin in place. Adjust so that the front is smooth and the felt is gathered evenly all around. Glue in place to the back of the ball.
6. Repeat Step 5 to cover the foam egg with the oval of black, plush felt. Glue the 4″ circle of white, plush felt to the rounded front.
7. Stitch the eyes:
- Thread embroidery needle with two strands of floss and secure at the back of the head.
- Push the needle through the ball to the front.
- Sew two small straight stitches for eyes, 1/2″ apart, in center of face.
- Push the needle through the ball to the back of the head, and knot and clip threads.
8. Glue long edges of upper and lower beak pieces together. Glue beak to center of face directly under eyes. Optional: Use fingertip to blush cheeks.
9. Place hat right side up on work surface. Apply a line of glue along straight edge of hat; sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Dot the blue pompom with glue and sprinkle with glitter; let dry.
10. Fold hat in half, wrong sides facing in, and glue along the curved edge. Glue pompom to hat tip. Glue the hat onto the penguin’s head, keeping the seam to the back. Add a snowflake to the front.
11. Assemble penguin:
- Fold each wing in half, wrong sides facing in.
- Glue folded corner of wings to shoulders, straight edge up.
- Glue feet and head to body.
- Glue penguin to snowball at slight upward angle.
10. Optional: Draw snowflakes on blanket fabric using glue, and sprinkle with glitter.
11. Glue blanket between wings (refer to photo). Lightly sprinkle glitter on penguin.
If you’re like me and you love a sweet penguin craft, then be sure to see the roundup of penguin crafts that I shared previously.
Now would be the time to scout for clearance Christmas socks and gloves, so you’re ready to make these Penguin Ornaments for next Christmas.
Have you ever “met” a penguin? I remember meeting one once, and it was amazing to be so close. However, the staff handling the penguin was very clear about not standing behind the bird. I guess they can get a little messy!
Happy penguin crafting.