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4 Penguin Crafts Perfect for a Penguin Party

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When it’s come to my kids’ birthday parties, I haven’t had much luck buying already made decor items. Because my daughter was so fond of penguins around her second birthday, I decided to DIY as much as I could. After going through probably half a dozen stores looking for anything penguin (even stickers), I chose white (snow) and baby blue (arctic water) as the colours for my theme, and purchased paper plates, cups, streamers, and balloons that were these colours.

Penguin Bowling Game

What we used:

  • 5 similarly shaped, empty water bottles
  • black acrylic paintIMG_1745
  • acrylic white paint
  • googly eyes
  • scissors
  • yellow construction paper
  • black felt /construction paper
  • cheapest rice/ grains/ legumes/ dried beans from the bulk section
  • a big ball to bowl with once everything is done!

What we did

After peeling the labels off of the empty, plastic bottles, I put about a tbs of black acrylic paint inside each bottle and resealed them with their lids on tight. I let the kids shake the bottles until they were completely black. It took a couple of tries to get them perfectly coated.

IMG_1747 We then poured dried beans until each bottle was about 1/3 full. I then painted white markings similar to a penguin on each bottle and set them aside to dry. I cut one slightly larger triangle and one slightly smaller triangle for each penguin. I traced out wings in black felt, and once the white paint was dried, glue gunned beaks, eyes, and wings to each penguin. You can also add feet with the yellow construction paper. However, we didn’t. Once everything was dry and set, we were able to bowl!

Penguin Toilet Paper Rolls

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What we used

  • toilet paper rolls
  • white finger paint
  • black finger paint
  • googly eyes
  • Captain Crunch cereal (you could also use dried corn, construction paper, or anything that resembles a beak)IMG_1727
  • black construction paper/ felt – optional
  • yellow construction paper/ felt – optional
  • feathers – optional
  • glue gun

What we did

My daughter and I took to painting all of the toilet paper rolls back, and then I painted white markings once the black paint had dried. I cut old Captain Crunch cereal (no one eats it in our house, but we had some) diagonally. Once the white paint had dried, I glued the eyes and beak to the penguins. In the example above, I didn’t make wings or feet, though I have when I have done this craft before. If you’d like to make a macaroni penguin, then use feathers on the

inside of the toilet paper “head.”


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Happy Birthday Banner

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Now this craft was the most time-consuming of all and ended up being one I did solo.

What I used:

  • 14 square paper plates
    , with the lip cut off
  • black acrylic paint
  • black bristol board
  • thick white paper
  • oval shape
  • smaller circle
  • yellow construction paper
  • googly eyes (optional)
  • thick, black thread
  • thick sewing needle
  • glue stick
  • glue gun

What I did

After cutting the lips off of each plate (I did 14 in total, enough for each letter and “2nd” to make “Happy 2nd Birthday”), I traced out 14 black ovals and 14 circles using shapes from my kids’ toys. I then drew out a prototype for a wing, traced out 28 of those, and cut all tracings. I took the yellow construction paper and cut out 28 little feet, and 14 little triangles to look like beaks. I then used the glue stick to glue each of these together. I glued the white circle to the black oval, the backs of the feet behind the penguin, the wings to the front and the beaks right where the top of the white circle meets the black oval. I then painted a letter or number on each of the plates making “Happy 2nd Birthday”. Once the paint had dried, I glued penguins to each plate. Then, I threaded the needle with thick, black thread, and punctured a hole coming from behind at the top right corner of the first plate. I attached each letter this way, and then hung up my completed sign!

Penguin Oreos

What we used:

  • Oreos
  • melted dark chocolate
  • melted white chocolate
  • a few dark chocolate chips cut to use as eyes
  • cookie icing (I chose it because it hardens)
  • yellow or orange food colouring
  • wax paper or aluminum foil-covered pan
  • piping or sandwich bag with the corner cut
  • toothpick

What we did:

After melting the dark chocolate in the microwave, we covered each Oreo and set it on a foil covered pan. Once the chocolate had set (either the freezer or fridge can expedite this process if you’re impatient like me :)). Melt the white chocolate and spoon it into bag. Squeeze out the white chocolate on to the cookies the shape of a heart. Place the cut chocolate chips in the place of eyes. Allow chocolate to set. Then mix cookie icing with food colouring in a small bowl. Take a toothpick and draw on beak and feet.

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12 responses to “4 Penguin Crafts Perfect for a Penguin Party”

  1. I’ve never done themes because my lack of craftiness is notorious in my family. Poor girls:( My eldest’s third birthday is in a couple weeks, and I’m beginning to think she’ll notice this time around

  2. Beautiful parties! So many great ideas – thank you!

  3. I always do themes too-and it is so hard to find what we choose! I love the penguin ideas! My daughter’s nursery theme was penguins so I know how hard it is to find penguin things. So frustrating!

  4. Love these ideas! My toddler has a birthday coming up in just a couple months and looks like I’ll have to Pin this to reference.

  5. So great! Looks like you had more fun DIY-ing it anyway 🙂 Love how it all turned out.

  6. So cute! I especially love the Penguin bowling pins. I’m into birthday themes too and have been known to go overboard. (My poor family!) But, I’ve run into the same problem as you did… you can’t always find everything at the store. Besides, purchasing all those decorations add up! I’ll try to DIY some decorations, but it takes up a lot of time. In the end though, it does feel more satisfying than if I had just purchased everything.

  7. You’re so creative! I did a butterfly theme once and took two heart shaped pans to make the wings on the cake.

  8. This looks like it was so much fun to put together! Everything turned out really great!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  9. […] choosing Frozen for her third birthday), I have been stuck DIYing the entire thing. While a penguin birthday, which is what we had for my daughter’s second, I understand isn’t the most popular […]

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  11. […] was the day after my daughter’s second birthday and it genuinely looked like penguin paraphernalia had been thrown up all over our home. My aunt had just arrived in town that day and was en route. […]

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Hi, I’m Alana. When I’m not nursing cold, stale coffee, I usually can be found with the baby on my hip, barefoot, and racing after my two older kids.

Thanks to a degree in psychology and a free-range childhood backing onto an expansive evergreen forest, positive parenting and play-based learning are my passions.

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