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I have always loved Valentine’s Day. My mom has always said she is allergic to crafting, but without fail every Valentine’s Day she would throw herself into making amazing boxes for us to take to school. I use to delight in seeing what we could come up with and I was so excited to help my daughter make her first box this year. This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with Plaid Crafts and both my daughter and I fell in love with the idea of a penguin box. This little guy came together pretty quick and my daughter loves him so much, she even named him!
You will need:
- Mod Podge
- Apple Barrel Paint in White
- Large Google Eyes
- Red Glitter
- Craft Foam in Red, Yellow and Black
- Red Felt
- A Sponge Brush
- Hot Glue
- A Empty Bleach Bottle
Thoroughly rinse and dry your bleach bottle. Make a cut out in the middle of your black foam as picture above. Hot glue the foam to the bottom half of the bleach bottle. I used the grove from where the label was as the guide to where the foam should go. The foam won’t make it all the way around the bottle, but that is fine because you need to cut a slit in the back for the valentines.
Cut two hearts out of red foam. Cover the hearts with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Sprinkle the hearts with glitter and then dump off the excess. Allow them to dry completely and then seal them with another layer of Mod Podge.
Cut two large hearts out of the yellow foam and a small yellow oval. Hot glue the yellow hearts onto the bottoms of the bottle to be the feet of your penguin. Hot glue the glitter red hearts over the tummy to be the bow tie and then add the eyes and yellow oval as the beak over top. I added a dab of hot glue to my beak so that it would stay folded in half.
Cut a small heart out of a piece of foam, leaving the foam intact so you can use it as a stencil. You will want to cut a heart that has a very sharp point and well defined lines so that it will come across well in the paint.
Randomly sponge hearts onto your red felt and allow to dry completely.
Hot glue the red felt around the top of the black foam. Gather the felt in your hand and tie with a piece of twine so it looks like your penguin is wearing a hat.
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Masshole Mommy says
That is the cutest idea ever. I love it.
That is adorable! I love this idea and how fun for kids to take with them to school. Very unique and fun.
That is such a cute idea! What a great way to upcycle.
Oh my goodness that penguin is so darn adorable!
These are super cute!! Love them!
Seriously, one of the cutest I've seen in the way of Valentine boxes! Great work!!!!
That really is cute! I tend to agree with your Mom about crafting-except I'm not allergic to it–I am a total KLUTZ.
Erica S (EricasRecipes.com) says
Very cute! – I particularly like the hearts bowtie.
Megan C says
This looks like so much fun!
How sweet is that penguin! I haven't had the energy/time/enough coffee to craft much for Valentine's Day, but I need this little guy!
Melanie @ bear rabbit bear says
Aww…how cute! I love all the animal ideas!
Britney Mills says
So fun! I love repurposing bottles and this is a great idea!
Heather Jones says
How cute! I need to make something like this for my son's valentines. He is so excited to give his out on Friday!
Sandra Shaffer says
So cute! Those heart feet are adorable!
Emily Thompson says
so so fun! what a cute project and I love that you can put things inside.. so clever and festive!
Heavenly Savings says
That Penguin is absolutely adorable
Amy Stenehjem-Kelsch says
Oh my, this is a darling project! I pretty much fall in love with anything penguin!
Liz Mays says
OH how I love it! It's so neat when you can reuse containers in fun ways like that!
Stephanie Pass says
That's totally cute! We make Valentine boxes every year. Last year was a purple minion. This year, my son and I are going to attempt a venus fly trap.
so cute!!!!! Love it!
This is so cute! I love how simple it is to make.
Aww he's a cute little guy. I think it's a cute idea for the holiday.
This is super cute. I have a kiddo who's obsessed with penguins! He's going to love this.
Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] says
Ohmygosh this is adorable!
Jamie Sherman says
So cute and a great way to upcycle! 🙂
Michelle Nahom says
Awww…what a fun craft! My niece and nephews would love that. I love all the great stuff you can do with Mod Podge!
Caitlin Fore says
Well isn't this just the cutest thing ever!
BonBon Rose Girls Kristin says
That is so darn cute! I love penguins!
Shauna Smart says
What a fun and unique idea for a Valentines box!
Maggie Burgdorf Roush says
Your little penguin is so cute! I don't know what I would so without mod podge in my crafting. It can be used for so many things.