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How to Make a Penguin Out of a Light Bulb
Can you believe this adorable little penguin is made out of a light bulb covered using paper mache techniques? It is an easy craft, just make sure you have plenty of time for the paper mache to dry.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
B...efore you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this penguin project, you will need:
- Light Bulb
- Paper Mache Paste
- Acrylic Paint
- Wiggle Eyes
- Craft Foam
- Fabric Scraps
- Craft Glue
- Paint Brush
Now we can start.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Cover the Light Bulb Using Paper Mache
First, we will start out by putting a few paper mache layers on the light bulb. Not only will this give your project some texture, it will also protect the fragile glass of the light bulb. You can learn more about paper mache in this tutorial.
Let the paper mache layers dry completely before moving on to the next step.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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First Layer of Paint
You need to start out by painting the entire light bulb white. It may take a couple of coats to get a good coverage. Let the paint dry completely.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Add Some Black Paint
Use black paint to make your light bulb look like a penguin's body. Use the photo here as an example, or use your own design.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Add the Eyes to the Light Bulb PenguinGlue two small wiggle eyes onto your penguin. Use the photo to help figure out where you want to place it.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Make a Beak to the Light Bulb PenguinCut two small triangles out of orange craft foam. You could also use felt if you prefer. Glue them in place on the light bulb, just below the wiggle eyes.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Glue on the Penguin's FeetCut two webbed feet shapes out of orange craft foam. Glue them onto the round part of the light bulb. Let the paint dry.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Cut the Cap for Your Light Bulb PenguinCut a piece of scrap fabric, about 2" x 3". Using the photo as a guideline, wrap it around the top of the Penguin's head to be the hat. Glue it in place.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Tie the Penguin's CapCut another piece of scrap fabric, it should be about 6-inches long and only about a quarter to a half an inch wide. Wrap this around the extra fabric sticking out over the top of the light bulb and tie it.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Penguin's Cap
Make small snips in the fabric gathered above the tie so it looks fringed and resembles a pom-pom on top of the hat. Your penguin is now done. You can display your Penguin on a shelf or even tie a ribbon on it for hanging.