Christmas is closing in, and it’s time for easy Christmas crafts. Whether you’re looking for DIY Christmas decorations or handmade gift ideas, Christmas ornaments are a favorite Christmas craft. I’m starting with these cute-as-can-be Skiing Penguin Ornaments. Adorable, right? A few basic supplies and six easy steps and you can make your own Skiing Penguin Ornaments. (Skis made from craft sticks & toothpicks? Genius!) I’m announcing the first winner in the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway today, too.
To make a Skiing Penguin Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
- Fabric, 6″ x 3″ knit (hat)
- Felt: 3″ x 3″ black; orange, pink and green scraps
- Acrylic craft paint in black & red
- Wiggle eyes, 1/4″, two
- Toothpicks, two
- Sequins, 1/2″, two
- Craft sticks, two (skis)
- Ribbon, 1/8″ x 8″
- Quilt pins, three with red tops
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; still bristle paintbrush; needle & thread
To make a Skiing Penguin Ornament:
1. Prep the 3” foam egg:
- Press the wide end of the egg on a tabletop to flatten it.
- Draw an oval on the front of the egg to mark the belly.
- Paint the egg black, except for the oval belly. Let paint dry.
2. Whittle one end of each craft stick to form tips for skis. Paint the skis and two toothpicks red. Let dry.
3. Cut from felt:
- Two wings from black felt, using the penguin wing pattern.
- Elongated diamond from orange felt for the beak.
- Two pink circles for the cheeks.
- Two small, green holly leaves.
4. Fold the knit fabric in half, right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam along the top and the side; turn right side out. Turn up the bottom edge twice, forming a cuff. Baste the cuff at the back seam to hold it in place.
5. Assemble the penguin:
- Glue the penguin onto the skis.
- Glue the hat on the penguin’s head.
- Glue on the eyes, beak, cheeks and wings.
- Push sequins onto ends of the toothpicks. Glue toothpicks to tips of wings.
- Tie together the ends of the ribbon to form a hanging loop. Add a dab of glue to a quilt pin, and pin the ribbon hanger through the front of the hat and into the penguin. (Adding the hanger to the front of the hat will help the penguin hang straight.) Pin the holly leaves to the hat with the red quilt pins.
You might also want to take a peek at these Penguin Ornaments made from a glove. (One of these little penguins is also posing in the header at the top of the page.)
Or, how about this Penguin Ornament made from a sock.
Which one of these dapper penguins is your favorite?
Today’s Stocking Stuffer Giveaway winner is Katiria. Please contact me, Katiria, to arrange for your Stocking Stuffer goodies.
You’ll have three more chances to win in the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. Just leave a comment today for your chance to win. I’ll announce the next Stocking Stuffer Giveaway winner on Friday. What’s in the prize package? A collection of crafty goodies. It’s my way of having a little fun and spreading some seasonal cheer.
Happy Christmas crafting!