STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Penguin Dreams

An utterly adaptable sort this cuddly penguin is nestled in for the night against his nice comfy snowball; he's sure to make winter visitors smile!
   Completion Time - 
2-3 hours
   Designer - 

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls, one each: 2-1/2"; 1-1/2"
  • Block, 12" x 10" x 1-1/4"
  • Egg, 2-1/2"
Other Materials
  • Textured snow paint
  • Felt: yellow, 9" x 12" sheet; plush, 5" x 10"
  • piece each: white, black
  • Red fleece fabric, 6" square
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 6" square
  • Blue pompom, 1"
  • Black embroidery floss
  • White confetti snowflake, one
  • Iridescent glitter

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Scissors
  • Needles: sewing; embroidery, 3"-4" long
  • Strong white thread
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Powdered cosmetic blush (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 8"square from foam block. Cut jagged pieces from square tocreate roughly 6"-square iceberg. Glue larger foam ball to oneside of block. Cut small slice from remaining foam ball(head). Cut small lengthwise slice from foam egg (body).
  • 2. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply snow paint tosnowball and iceberg. While still wet, sprinkle paint withglitter; let dry.
  • 3. Cut patterns from felt and fleece as indicated. Cut one 4"circle from white plush and one from black plush; cut blackcircle in half (wings).
  • 4. Place body flat side-down on black plush felt, then traceoval 1-1/2" beyond foam edge; cut out.
  • 5. To cover foam shapes, center shapes rounded side down oncorresponding plush felt pieces. Bring felt edges up to flatside of foam. Pin at four opposite points. Adjust excessbetween pins; glue to secure. Let dry. Note: Alternate methodis to sew gathering stitch around felt shape; pull stitchestight around foam shape, then knot and clip thread. Glue plushfelt front to front of penguin's body, overlapping blackedges; let dry.
  • 6. Thread embroidery needle with two strands floss and secureat bottom of head. Bring needle through ball to front of face.Sew two small straight stitches for eyes, 1/2" apart, incenter of face. Take needle back through bottom of head; knotand clip thread.
  • 7. Glue long edges of upper and lower beak pieces together.Glue beak to center of face directly under eyes. Use fingertipto blush cheeks, if desired.
  • 8. Place hat right side up on work surface. Apply line of gluealong straight edge of hat; sprinkle with glitter and let dry.In same way, dot pompom with glue and glitter; let dry. Withwrong sides facing, glue curved edges of hat together. Gluepompom to hat tip. Glue hat to head. Glue snowflake to hat front.
  • 9. Fold each wing in half, wrong sides facing. Glue foldedcorner of wings to shoulders, straight edge up. Glue feet andhead to body. Glue penguin to snowball at slight upward angle.
  • 10. Pull threads from edges of plaid-square to create fringe.Use white glue to draw simple crisscross snowflakes on fabric;sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Glue blanket between wingsas shown. Lightly sprinkle penguin with glitter.