Published on February 16th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain3
Bowling for Recycled Penguins
I adore penguins, they are just the cutest little animals.
Even though they mostly don’t live in the cold, I still think of them when I am thinking of winter and winter crafts.
And I adore crafts that not only help kids to be creative on their own, but something that they can still play with once the craft is finished.
My girls love kids toys and games. Even though they are teens, I love that they have kept that little kid inside and play.
I wish I had a video of how excited they were when I told them they could go ahead and play with this Bowling for Recycled Penguins set. They were so happy and excited!
I want to share that same feeling with you.
These penguins take a few days to make because of the paint and drying time. I think it would be a wonderful craft for a scout troop or group, because you could easily make them in three installments.
Let me take you through the steps.
First, you need two soda bottles per penguin. I used 16 oz. bottles.
After removing the label, rinse them out, and cut them as shown.
I cut off the top 1/3 of one bottle, and the bottom 1/3 of the other bottle. Take the bottom part and stick that on top of the bottom part of the other bottle. You will have two bottom parts put together. Discard or recycle the leftover parts (the two pieces on left side of the photo). I used scissors and was able to cut them easily. You may want to open holes in the plastic for older kids using an X-Acto knife, or cut them for the younger kids.
Once you have the pieces adjusted. Clean them and glue the two pieces together. I used a silicone glue (silicone caulk, which is available in the caulk aisle of home stores).
Once they are dried and glued, I spray painted them white. Spray paint sticks better to the plastic. I used $.98 white flat paint.
Pick out your paint colors. I used regular inexpensive acrylic craft paints – a mix of manufacturers – just colors I like.
Use a paint brush and the bottom of the cut plastic as a guide and paint the top part of the soda bottle the color.
You may want to paint several coats for a solid looking base color.
You can see that some of the colors were thicker than others. Eventually, with enough coats, they even out.
Once you have all the colors layered, move on to painting the black on the penguins.
I created a heart shape just under the color blocking. and filled in the rest of the penguin black.
Then I used a couple drops of the hat color in with a couple drops of white paint, and brushed it lighting around the color, to create a brim for the hat.
To decorate the hat, I used a new pencil eraser and dotted on white paint. If the dot doesn’t come out perfectly, add more paint and dot again.
Use orange paint and smaller brush to add a cute beak.
Once that is dry, use chalk or blush and create rosy cheeks on either side of the beak.
I use a dabbing motion, then a circle motion to scrub the color in.
I had white puffs to use for the pompom on the hat. I used some glue dots to keep it in place, I would also recommend a hot glue gun.
Finally, I added some darling wiggle eyes.
They are ready for game time!
I used a fun super bounce ball to set up the game.
They are kind of adorable, each one has their own personality!
Have fun, what a great game and toy that you created!