DIY Baby Penguins

four baby penguins

These little fellas came to visit me this morning. You guessed right, they are baby penguins and as you can see, they are very easy to make with walnut and pistachio shells.

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Here’s how to make cute baby penguins.

What I used

  • my imagination (first and foremost)
  • walnut shells
  • pistachio shells
  • paper
  • glue
  • acrylic colors
  • bindis

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After eating up my walnuts, I fixed up the shells to look like whole walnuts again. The best thing about making baby penguins this way is that you can use those walnut shells which do not split up the way you want them to. Unevenly broken? No worries; just stick them up with glue and color them black. Now the imperfections are no longer visible.

Baby penguin made of walnut and pistachio shellsWhen the black color dries, turn the best side to face you and color a circular patch in white color. Take a closer look at this little baby penguin and you’ll know what I mean.

For the wings and feet I used pistachio shells. Notice how the feet are attached – the broader side of the shell in front (webbed feet, remember?).  To know more about penguins you can refer to this site.

Now, you may find it difficult to attach the wings to the body because the area of contact between the two shells – the pistachio shell wing and the walnut shell body – is very narrow. For such cases, I have a neat trick: stuff the hollow of the pistachio shell with paper and glue. Now you have a broader surface to attach to the walnut shell.

For the beak, I used a paper cone and for the eyes, two black bindi.

That’s it! A cute little baby penguin is staring at me from my work table. If you agree he is cute, drop a line in comment.

Like my craft idea? Make a few baby penguins yourself and let me know about them.

If you are visiting my blog for the first time, see also how to make miniature tribal masks and little green frogs – all with walnut shells and pistachio shells.

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