How to make adorable penguin figurines – Winter DIY Crafts

penguin figurines

Check out our step by step tutorial and learn how to make adorable little penguin figurines from blank spun cotton shapes.

Penguin Figurines – project materials

The essentials

● 12mm spun cotton balls and 20mm spun cotton eggs.

Spun cotton balls bulk sizes.
Spun Cotton Balls
blank spun cotton eggs
Spun Cotton Eggs

● Some glue. You can use white tacky glue or a glue gun.
● Black paint and a paint brush. Acrylic word well and dries fast. It’s also fine to use a black marker.
● A little piece of orange foam pad for the beak and feet. A piece of cardboard or strong paper painted orange would work too.
● A pair of scissors.

Optional (nice to have but not necessary):

● Bamboo skewers or toothpicks. They make it easy to hold the spun cotton shapes during the painting process.
● A pencil (to outline before painting).
● A fine black marker (to paint the eyes).
● A clear varnish to protect your work. I like to use mod podge because it’s non-toxic.


1: Paint one ball and one egg with black paint. Leave the belly and face areas blank.

How to make a penguin ornament

It helps to use a toothpick to hold the spun cotton shapes. 

2: When the paint is dry, glue the ball on top of the egg.

3: Draw the eyes with the black pen

4: Cut the feet and the beak in the piece of orange foam and glue them on.

More Penguin Figurine DIY Craft ideas:

You can also use different type of spun cotton shapes or combine spun cotton shapes and pipe cleaners.

More Winter DIY craft ideas

You can also use spun cotton shapes to create Polar Bear Figurines. Here are a couple of ideas.

In the above right-side picture, the large penguin and bear are made with 45mm balls for the bodies and 30mm balls for the heads (and 15mm balls for the bear paws)

We hope you enjoyed these penguin craft ideas. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch or to leave a comment. Happy crafting!

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