How to Make a Paper Mache Penguin

How to Make a Paper Mache Penguin

I had so much fun making my paper mache snowman I decided to make a another paper mache creation. What do you think of this paper mache penguin I came up with?

I used many of the same craft supplies I used for the snowman and, of course, the same paper mache techniques.

This would make a fun decoration and it is a great project to do in honor of Penguin Awareness Day, which is observed in January.

Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Mache Penguin:

  • Burnt Out Light Bulb
  • Newspaper
  • Paper Mache Paste
  • White and Black Paint
  • 2 Google Eyes
  • Scrap Piece of Orange Craft Foam
  • Scrap Piece of Fabric
  • Craft Glue

Tools Needed:

  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors

The first thing you need to do is to cover the light bulb with newspaper using paper mache techniques. Mix up a batch of paper mache paste (use the recipe at the link in the supply list above).

Rip the newspaper into strips that are about an inch wide and a few inches long. Dip each strip into the paste mixture. Make sure the newspaper is saturated but then run it through your pinched fingers to push off any extra. Lay several strips onto the light bulb. You will want the pieces to overlap and also go in different directions.

paper mache penguin voer light bulb

I suggest covering the lightb bulb in at least 3 layers of paper mache. Let each layer dry completely before you do the next.

Once you are happy with the look of the paper mache, and it is totally dry, paint the entire light bulb with white paint.

paper mache penguin paint body

Let the white paint dry completely, and then grab the black paint. Use the picture here as a guide and paint the body and head of the penguin black, leaving the belly area white.

paper mache penguin paint black

When the black paint is dry, use craft glue to attach the two google eyes to the penguin’s face.

paper mache penguin glue eyes

Cut two small triangles out of orange craft foam. Glue them right below the google eyes.

paper mache penguin glue beak

Cut two webbed feet from the orange craft foam. Glue the in place on the penguin.

paper mache penguin glue feet

Cut a piece of fabric that is about 3-nches by 2-inches. Fold up one of the longer edges. Glue the folded edge just above the penguin’s eyes. Wrap around both sides and overlap the ends. Trim them if they are too long.

paper mache penguin glue hat

Cut another piece of fabric that is about a quarter of an inch wide and 5- or 6-inches long. Tie this around the top of the hat. Trim the ends you tied.

paper mache penguin tie hat

Finally, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut fringe into the top of the penguin’s hat. The ends you trimmed will bend into the fringe you cut!

paper mache penguin fringe hat

Your penguin is now done. If you want to hang up your penguin, glue a loop of fabric or ribbon to the back of the hat.

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1 comment for “How to Make a Paper Mache Penguin

  1. 01/18/2016 at 9:39 am

    This is adorable!

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