Light Bulb Penguin

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

This cute little fellow isall bundled up for those arctic winter mornings at the North Pole! Help this little cutie get warm and cozy by placing him in your lighted Christmas tree this year.

You will need

burnt out light bulb rubbing alcohol acrylic paint in white and black gold cord or ribbon orange toothpick shiny gold ribbon gold chenille twist tie finger from a child’s glove white iridescent pom pom Fiberfil cotton batting hot glue scissors black marker

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What you do

Wipe bulb down with rubbing alcohol, this will help the paint adhere to the bulb. Let dry. Paint entirelight bulb with black acrylic paint except for an hour glass shape in the front. When the black paint is completely dry, paint the hour glass shape white and let dry. Apply a second coat. If finish appears streaked, you can use a large paint brush or a sponge to blot on a “stucco” look.It is not necessary topaint the socket. Allow bulb to dry completely. While bulb is drying, prepare hat and mittens but cutting off a finger from a child’s glove. Use the longest finger onthe glove, cut a small section for the mittens. The mittens are simply small triangular shapes. To make the hat, put a small amount of Fiberfil into the glove finger and roll up end for a brim. Glue pom pom to the top. You can bend the hat to one side by bending it down and gluing in place. Fashion a bow tie from 1/2″ or 3/4″ wide shiny gold ribbon (about 3″-4″ in length). To dothis, lay the ribbon, shiny side down, onto your work surface. Fold both ends into the center, doubling up the ribbon. If this gives you the length that you want for your bowtie, then glue those ends down to hold in place. Take a piece of shiny chenille twist tie and manipulate itaround the center of the ribbon, scrunching the ribbon together, thus creating your bowtie. Hint: these ribbons and twist ties are found on many premade ornaments, some with angels others with flowers. When bulb is completely dry, pull hat over socket and glue in place. Glue bowtie in the front at the neckline and glue mittens at the edge ofthe white where the hourglass shape widens. Using black marker, dot eyes ontoface and five tuxedo buttons down the front of the bulb. Carefully cut1/4 of thetoothpick off at the pointed end, glue in place for beak. With a fairly generous amount ofhot glue, fasten aloop fashioned from gold ribbon orcord to the back ofthe bulb. Hang!

From Our Readers

[click image to view larger] Hi Amanda, I went crazy last year and made more than 20 penguins for Teachers, Aunts & Sisters! We are getting ready to start in again. Thanks !!!!!!!! I’ve had Great Fun!!! I did reindeer, Santa’s and some cows too. Thanks for a Great Crafting Time!!! Cookie Burrows Backus, NY

From Our Readers

[click image to view larger] Hi Amanda, I chose to make this ornament for my ornament swap this year. I didn’t have all of the required materials so I improvised and I think they turned out darling. Thanks so much for the idea. I love them. I used red ribbon for the bow instead I used remanents of a black boa for the hat I used silver garland tinsel for the hanger. Chrys Solomon

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