What to Do Wednesday : Plastic water bottle into a PENGUIN!

by Kristin on March 4, 2011

Yes, I know my dear friends… it is indeed Friday. This week has been a bust for me, and I am so sorry to leave you hanging on a Wednesday project two weeks in a row.

HAD to share this one with you all though, as it is ADORABLE! Found the idea in a magazine some time ago, and while I did not save the article, I was pretty confident I could figure it all out.

What was nice about this was that I didn’t have to purchase but one item to make this, which was the Styrofoam balls.

You will need:

  • water or soda bottle
  • black paint
  • white paint
  • Styrofoam ball
  • foam or felt in black and yellow
  • a child’s sock
  • a pair of googly eyes

So gather your empty water or soda bottles. I think the clear ones work best, but I am sure you can use the green or other colored plastics as well.

Pour some black paint into the bottle and cap it. Then swing it all over the place to get an even coat of black paint inside your bottle.

Once you have your bottle coated on the inside, take your white paint and paint an oblong circle onto your bottle. After this paint was dry, I also put a coat of Mod Podge on it, just to seal it.

Then I took my styrofoam ball and made a hole it in to fit over the cap of our bottle. I used the top of my Basic Grey Sanding tool lid. Then I used an exacto knife to dig a bit deeper.

Put this onto the cap of your bottle and paint it black.

The next step I took an old child’s sock. I used an infant sock, but you could go with any child’s sized sock you do not have a match to! I cut it in half. 

 I used the ankle part of the sock as the opening for a hat. Tie a knot in the top. And then with the remainder of the sock, I cut a strip for the scarf!

From this point I needed to start cutting for feet, and wings. I used some thin cardboard as a base for the feet and covered it with black felt, which is what I had on hand, but you could also use a foam sheet as well.


This is a great time to plug in your handy glue gun. I assembled the eyes and cut a yellow square for the mouth as well.


Start hot gluing your pieces together!!


Once you have everything glued on, you have an adorable penguin! In the magazine I saw this in (I am thinking perhaps Family fun??), it showed HUNDREDS of these little guys all dressed up and outside in a front yard with a sign that said “HELP WANTED, Inquire within”. Or something like that. If you are making yours to display in your front yard, you will want to weight your bottles with rocks perhaps.


Pam (molu1298) April 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

How did I miss this entry….LOVE the penquin!!! Clever, especially if you had to make a 3D model for school. Marking on my Pinterest. ;)

shaun priest May 15, 2011 at 11:51 am


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