Light Bulb Penguin

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    How to Make a Penguin Out of a Light Bulb

    Light Bulb Penguin Paper Mache Craft
    Light Bulb Penguin Craft. Sherri Osborn

    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...MOREefore you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this penguin project, you will need:

    • Light Bulb
    • Newspaper
    • Paper Mache Paste
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Wiggle Eyes
    • Craft Foam
    • Fabric Scraps
    • Craft Glue
    • Paint Brush
    • Scissors

    Now we can start.

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    Cover the Light Bulb Using Paper Mache

    Cover the Light Bulb Using Paper Mache
    Cover the Light Bulb Using Paper Mache. Sherri Osborn

    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.

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    First Layer of Paint

    Adding the First layer of Paint to the Penguin
    Adding the First layer of Paint to the Penguin.

    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.

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    Add Some Black Paint

    Add Some Black Paint
    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.

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    Add the Eyes to the Light Bulb Penguin

    Add the Eyes to the Light Bulb Penguin
    Add the Eyes to the Light Bulb Penguin.
    Glue two small wiggle eyes onto your penguin. Use the photo to help figure out where you want to place it.
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    Make a Beak to the Light Bulb Penguin

    Make a Beak to the Light Bulb Penguin
    Make a Beak to the Light Bulb Penguin.
    Cut 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.
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    Glue on the Penguin's Feet

    Glue on the Penguin's Feet
    Glue on the Penguin's Feet.
    Cut two webbed feet shapes out of orange craft foam. Glue them onto the round part of the light bulb. Let the paint dry.
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    Cut the Cap for Your Light Bulb Penguin

    Cut Cut the Cap for Your Light Bulb Penguin
    Cut the Cap for Your Light Bulb Penguin.
    Cut 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.
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    Tie the Penguin's Cap

    Tie the Penguin's Cap
    Tie the Penguin's Cap.
    Cut 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.
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    Finishing the Penguin's Cap

    Finishing the Penguin's Cap
    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.