This paper plate penguin craft is not only a super cute craft idea, but a fun and easy Winter craft for kids.
Keep the kids busy this Winter with these paper plate penguin crafts.
Winter crafts are always fun for the kids. It keeps their hands busy inside while trying to keep them from going stir crazy. Some of our other favorite winter crafts include: DIY Cork Snowman Craft, Mini Snowman Hat Craft, and our 7 Fun Winter Activities For Kids
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Easy Winter Crafts For Kids
Just because the holidays have passed, does not mean we’re through winter yet! Whether you’re a snow lover or longing for the lazy, hazy days of summer, we’ve got super cute winter craft ideas to celebrate all things cold and snowy or to help pass the time until we’re beaching it again.
If you’ve seen Happy Feet or Disney’s Penguins, we know you love penguins as much as we do. And if you haven’t seen them, they are fantastic family-friendly movies that are sure to get you excited for all our penguin-themed crafts! Who can resist those happy little waddles?! (Fun fact: a group of penguins on land is actually called a waddle. In the water, a group of penguins is called a raft.)
Paper Plate Penguin
We’re celebrating these adorable winter animals with a paper plate penguin craft (similar to our paper plate reindeers). These cute penguins are easy to make with materials you probably already have in the house. All you need is a paper plate, a paper roll (toilet or paper towel), cotton balls, and water bottles. Our paper penguin craft doesn’t require a ton of adult supervision but is definitely one the kids will love.
This penguin craft for kids makes for cute decorations – especially if your house is looking a little bare after taking down the holiday decorations. While the basic design and penguin shape is the same, it’s fun to see how different these paper plate penguin craft can turn out. Remember, there is no wrong way to craft! Who says you can’t make a pink and blue penguin?
Just like when you see real penguins, you can’t help but smile at these adorable paper plate penguins. You’ll want to make a whole HAPPY paper plate penguin family! So, make some steamy hot chocolate, gather your supplies and let it snow!
There’s no better cure for the January/winter blahs than Made with Happy crafts! We’ve got plenty of other fun and easy paper craft ideas for kids, so have a peek at some of our other favorites.
Supplies To Make Paper Penguin
- Paper plate
- Black acrylic paint
- White yarn
- Orange cardstock
- Googly eyes, medium
- Hole punch
- Glue stick
How Do you Make a Paper Plate Penguin?
Paint the paper plate black. Let the paint dry completely.
Now, carefully insert scissors toward the lower center of the paper plate. Cut out a circle.
Use the hole punch to punch holes around the circle.
Next, form the flippers by cutting off both sides of the paper plate far enough away from the holes that they won’t rip through.
Then, cut a long strand of white yarn. Tape one end to the back of the paper plate.
Wrap the other end in tape so that it’s easier to lace. Begin lacing the yarn through the holes at random.
Once thoroughly laced, tape the final end to the back of the paper plate.
Adhere googly eyes. Cut an orange beak out of the orange cardstock. The glue that in place, as well.
Finally, glue the flippers in place on the sides of the penguin, slightly over the yarn holes.
This is a great winter craft for the kids for a class art project or class party too.
The kids will love to display their masterpieces and they make for some cute refrigerator art.
Here are a few questions you might be thinking about now that you've gotten started on this project:
In the case that you do not have a paper plate, you of course can make a penguin using craft paper. I would recommend using a thicker black craft paper or card stock for the body.
Just as we did with the penguin, you can make a number of different animals out of paper plates. Simply imagine the body of the animal and how you can turn that plate into that body shape.
You can easily turn this penguin craft into a penguin mask. By eliminating the yarn piece of the project, the hole can be the place to put your child's face.
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- Paint the paper plate black. Let the paint dry completely.
- Now, carefully insert scissors toward the lower center of the paper plate. Cut out a circle.
- Use the hole punch to punch holes around the circle.
- Next, form the flippers by cutting off both sides of the paper plate far enough away from the holes that they won’t rip through.
- Then, cut a long strand of white yarn. Tape one end to the back of the paper plate.
- Wrap the other end in tape so that it’s easier to lace.
- Begin lacing the yarn through the holes at random. Once thoroughly laced, tape the final end to the back of the paper plate.
- Adhere googly eyes. Cut an orange beak out of the orange cardstock. Glue that in place, as well.
- Finally, glue the flippers in place on the sides of the penguin, slightly over the yarn holes.
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