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Making a Pinecone Penguin

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This is a page about making a pine cone penguin. With all of the pine cones on the ground, now is the perfect time to make some of these cute little penguins.


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A fun project for kids or adults around the holidays that cost next to nothing! These can be decoration or you can hang them as an ornament on the tree.

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • various pine cones
  • glue
  • white paint and brush
  • nail file
  • small piece of twine
  • cutters
  • black magic marker
  • acorns with caps


  1. For Penquin- Remove cap from acorn and file end of cap into a 'beak' point.

    Glue acorn cap on top of one pine cone (snip off top to fit better if needed).
  2. Paint the face of the penguin as pictured and add paint down the front of the pine cone as well. Draw two simple circles for eyes with a magic marker.
  3. For Mouse- Snip off two pine cone 'pieces' to use for mouse ears and two for the penguin's arms and glue onto your pine cones. Snip off tip of mouse's pine cone to 'fit' the acorn head on front and glue. I used some stray dry pine cone needles to glue whiskers onto the mouse.
  4. I glued on a twine tail and drew on two black eyes with my marker.
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This cute little penguin craft is just the thing for spending time indoors this January. If you have enough pine cones, you can make an entire family!


Approximate Time: 30 - 45 minutes



  1. The day or evening before you plan to make the penguins, spray paint your pine cones black.

  2. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to hold your upright pine cone(s). Pull pieces of quilt batting apart to "fluff" them and glue them to the surface of the cardboard for snow.

  3. Cut a penguin belly from the quilt batting and glue it to the front of pine cone. Glue the pine cone to the fluff-covered cardboard.

  4. Draw and cut a beak from orange paper and wings from black paper. Glue these in the appropriate places on the pine cone.

  5. Finish your penguin(s) by gluing on wiggle/google eyes.

Your fun winter friend or family is now ready to display.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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