Just A Little Creativity: Easy DIY Wood Penguin Christmas Ornaments- Christmas Fun for Kids

Easy DIY Wood Penguin Christmas Ornaments- Christmas Fun for Kids

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Because I'm totally into projects for kids, and because school is out for Christmas break and we're all looking for something to occupy our little angels minds, I'm sharing one of our family's very favorite Christmas ornaments we've made- hand painted wooden penguins. The kids made a set for my dad for Christmas two years ago, and I needed to have my three year old add his to the collection this year. We've done a few versions of these fellows over the years, so I'm going to show you two of them. One is a stand alone penguin, and the other is a Christmas ornament. 

  • Unfinished wood eggs
  • Flat wooden dowel end caps
  • Craft paints (black, white, and one more of your choice)
  • Orange and black paint pens
  • Hot glue
  • Screw eyes (if you're making an ornament)
  • These supplies are available in just about any craft store. 

First, have the kids paint the entire wooden egg black, and the dowel end cap the color of their choice, keeping in mind this becomes the penguin's feet.

Next, when the black is dry, have them paint a white oval on one side of the egg. You might want to help the little ones with this part so they paint something that resembles an oval. 

Adults can now hot glue the end caps to the egg as the penguin feet.

Next, have the kids make two tiny eyes and a triangle beak with paint pens. 
*A variation on this could be to cut the triangle beak out of felt and have little ones glue it on*

For the wings, they can use the black paint pen and draw two curved triangles just under his beak over his white belly. 

If you're making this into an ornament, use needle nose pliers to twist the screw eyes into the top of the penguin.
Loop a ribbon through for hanging, and you're finished.

I love how each little penguin has his own personality. I wrote the names and ages of each of my kids who painted one. The stand alone penguins in the photo are made with kids ages 3-7. The ornament was made by my 11 year old. 


Remember, these types of projects aren't always about being perfect, they're about making memories and something the kids can be proud of. Let them give a set of penguins as a gift to grandparents, or have them take an ornament to a neighbor or school teacher.
The experience of creating something and blessing someone else with it can last our children a lifetime. 

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  1. Oh... I love them! They really have their own personality each! :)

  2. Molly these are sooooo cute!!! xo

  3. So cute! I love that you used wooden eggs.
    Following you from Katherine's Corner's Blog Hop :)

  4. Those are really cute!!! I love the picture with all of the different penguins.

    Stopping by from Favorite Things Thursday.

  5. These are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. How precious! I just love penguins. They have such personality!

  7. That's really clever. Happy holidays!

  8. Awe, what sweet ornaments! Love that the kids can get involved.

    I linked over from the Craftastic Link Party where I am participating with my
    Free Quilled Autumn Basket,
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    I would love it if you'd stop by.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  9. They a so cute. I love crafts that are prefect for kids. I'd love it if you linked up with our weekly link up party and shared!

  10. These came out amazing and I love that the kids did them too! I am totally pinning to do with my kids!
    I would love it if you linked up with our party this week!

  11. What a cute idea! Maybe I could even do this one! :)

  12. Sweet! I'm looking for ornaments to make with the kiddo now and this is definitely doable.

  13. Sweet! I'm looking for ornaments to make with the kiddo, and this is definitely doable!

  14. This post was featured on Craft Frenzy Friday this week! Come check it out and link up again! http://craftdictator.com/2013/11/21/craft-frenzy-friday-14/

  15. These are so lovely, it seems so obvious now you have done it - an egg makes a great penguin! Why didn't I think of that!!!

  16. Okay, these are too cute! And I love how every penguin looks different. Such a fun project for kids :)

  17. LOVE these penguin ornaments!! so cute!!! I'm featureing themon tomorrows Serenity saturday link party at Serenity You. I love your blog and I am now your newest follower, I'll be back over the weekend to take a look at some of your other posts

    Natasha xx

  18. Oh, my goodness, oh, my goodness. I love this. Love it, love it LOVE IT! How fun are you :) Thanks for linking up at Link It or Lump It this week!