Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How to Make a Penguin Snow globe

Christmas Craft #7 Penguin Snow globe Ornament
Well here is the second most popular craft from Craft Day at school. We ended up running out of black pipe cleaners it was so popular. The idea is from, I had to change it a bit to work with 120 kids. I know everyone likes a step by step tutorial so here it is:
Materials Required:
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I couldn't find 5 oz glasses like the original supply list called for. I did find "shooter" glasses at the Dollar Store so we used these instead.

I made a template for the kids to follow. You want to cut out a circle about 1/2 inch larger in diameter than the cup.

Then using pinking shears or decorative paper cutters, cut a nice scalloped edge all the way around.
Now the original instructions said to pierce the bottom of the cup with a tack,....well after cracking 4 cups in a row I gave up on that idea.
Thread your pony bead with your hanging thread and tie in a knot to make a loop.
Glue directly to the top of your cup with tacky glue.
While it is drying you can work on the penguins.
Take an orange pipe cleaner and cut in half. Now bend this in half.
Twist a bit together leaving the ends separate. These are your penguin feet.
Now take a full black pipe cleaner and wrap around a pencil nice and tight.
When you slide it off it should look like this.
Insert the orange pipe cleaner inside the black coil. About two coils from the top bend your orange pipe cleaner so it sticks out. This is your beak and those 2 coils at the top is the top of the head.
Take your white felt and cut a little oval. Glue on the belly of your penguin. The original instructions used a white pipe cleaner but I found it too fussy to stay in place.
Glue on some eyes.
Make a second penguin a bit smaller than the first. Cut your orange pipe cleaner about a 1/2 an inch shorter and scrunch down the black coil a bit.
I also used smaller eyes on this one.
Now the original ornament had a North Pole sign with the penguins but with these "shooter" cups I did not have the space for it.
Glue your penguins to the cardstock circle.
I have mine close together because of the size of the cup.
Add some loose sequins on the paper. I didn't glue these down as I wanted it to be more like a snow globe.
Run a bead of glue all around the bottom edge of the cup.
Put into place over the penguins.
The original instructions called for a silver pipe cleaner around the bottom. I find those metallic pipe cleaners difficult to glue for kids so we used a white pipe cleaner.
Measure how long you need then cut to size, leave a little extra to twist together in a circle. Run some glue around the base of the cup and then slide the pipe cleaner down.
We used some glitter glue to add some sparkle to the pipe cleaner.
Let the glue dry fully and then you have a cute little snow globe ornament.
Give it a try.
see you next time


  1. It's a great tutorial. I need to introduce my grands to your site-they are so crafty themselves. And I am going there in 4 days. yippee

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  4. Your amazing!! Don't listen to haters their probably just jealous =)

  5. Thanks anonymous for bringing that to my attention. I just recently turned on the email notification for new comments so this had slipped by.
    Like my mother always said "If you don't have anything nice to say keep it to yourself!!"

  6. We just made these -so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. These are SO precious. I am trying to decide if I could manage 24 of these for my daughter's kindergarten class. I cannot believe you did 120! Adorable!!!

  8. I just love them. I need to make them with my class. Thanks for your great ideas.

  9. I just did this project with my after school program. We made a base from white model magic and used the cup to mark a circle. After it was dry, we glued the cup in place with some fake snow inside. The kids love them and are really excited about the project. Thanks so much!! :)

  10. warm up the tack end in the flame of a candle before doing the piercing so it will melt the plastic then you won't be breaking the cups. you would not want to do this around the kids so it would have to be done before hand.