Transform used soda or water bottles and your childs lone socks into playful penguins — and turn your lawn into an eye-catching, laugh-inducing winter display.
What youll need
- Black and white glossy acrylic paint
- Plastic soda or water bottles (we used 12-ounce, 1-liter, and 2-liter bottles)
- Styrofoam balls (2- to 3-inch diameter)
- Black and yellow craft foam sheets
- Tacky glue
- Masking tape (optional)
- Butter knife
- Googly eyes (we used 3/4- to 1-inch diameter)
- Small doll accessories (optional)
- Childs socks (optional)
- Permanent marker
- Plastic lawn sign, 15 by 19 inches or larger (we got ours at an office supply store for $5)
How to make it
For each penguin, pour two parts black paint and one part water inside a bottle (we used 1 to 4 tablespoons of paint depending on the size of the bottle). Screw on the cap and shake the bottle to coat the sides. Remove the cap and save it for later.
On the outside of the bottle, paint a white oval from the spout to the bottom. Dry overnight (the inside may be slightly wet in the morning).
Coat a Styrofoam ball with black paint and let it dry.
Cut two wings from the black craft foam and a beak and feet from the yellow craft foam (you can download our template. Glue the wings and feet to the bottle as shown and let them dry. If needed, use masking tape to hold the wings in place as they dry.
With the knife, bore a hole in the Styrofoam ball big enough to fit the neck of the bottle. Glue on googly eyes. Make a small slit below the eyes, insert a few dabs of glue, then slide the beak into the opening.
Funnel sand into the bottle to weigh it down (we used 1 to 2 cups depending on the bottle's size). Replace the cap and press the Styrofoam head on top.
If you like, dress the penguin in doll accessories or use kids' socks to make your own. For a hat, snip a 6- to 8-inch length from a sock and knot one end. For a scarf, cut a 1½-inch-wide loop from a sock, snip it open, and fringe the ends.
Write “Penguins wanted, apply within” on the lawn sign, then arrange it and the penguins in your yard as shown.