Recycled Penguin See What You Can Make

by Karen & Grace Morris

This cute recycled penguin is perfect to sit on your desk to motivate you or your kids to work. Or you could make it your sports team mascot.  Add a scarf or hat in your team’s colors.

Did you know that there is a penguin hockey team that plays in Pittsburgh?

penguin made with a bottle

For this craft I used;

  •  A clear 1 litter pop bottle
  • Cotton balls you will need enough to fill your bottle
  • A small flat lid such as a ricotta cheese container lid
  • Black and orange construction paper
  • White paper or wiggly eyes
  • Tape
  • Glue

Directions for Making a Recycled Penguin

Cut the top off the pop bottle so that your bottle stands five inches. Fill the bottom of the bottle with cotton balls. It takes quite a few.

Tape the lid to the cut edge of the bottle so that the cotton balls stay in.

(The one of the smallest penguins is called the Blue Penguin. I think they look cute and they are named after my favorite color!  So, what is your favorite penguin?)

Out of black construction paper cut a three inch circle. Fold a 5 1/2 by 6 inch rectangle in half and round the top end to make wings.

Cut a square from orange paper. Fold on the diagonal to make a triangle. This will be the penguin’s beak.

(These birds love to eat fish! Maybe you could make a fish out of pipe cleaners for this penguin to enjoy.)

With a hole punch make two circles for eyes. Make a black dot in the center for the pupil. Or you could use wiggly eyes if you wanted too. Glue the beak and eyes onto the circle.

(When I was younger, one of my favorite stuff toys was a stuff penguin. What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?).

Glue the circle to the top of the wings.

Tape the head to the bottle. Next tape each of the wing tips to the plastic lid. Now your penguin can sit on your desk and keep you company.

(Sometime penguins sleep standing up. People often wonder if they are really sleeping because of that).

This craft uses a minimum of supplies. You could even use it to store cotton balls in. If you used a small amount of tape on the lid you could pull the lid back and remove a cotton ball when you wanted one.

Thank you very much for taking a look at your recycled penguin craft!

More Winter Crafts