Penguin cork ornaments are a great way to add winter fun to your holiday decor!
If you’re a wine lover like I am, you might have a handful of corks you aren’t sure what to do with! I always toss my corks into a large glass bowl with hopes of one day doing something with them. This year, I decided it was time to make penguin cork ornaments for the Christmas tree!
Once I started making one penguin, I swear they just began to multiply! They are so cute and easy to make that I just couldn’t stop! I grabbed every color fleece I had and made cork ornament in every color!
If you don’t have any corks, you can always buy them. I use natural corks, so I’m not sure how a synthetic cork will work in this application. If you are intimidated in painting on such a small item, I have just the trick! The perfect brush! I always use this #6 round brush and it makes beautiful fine lines. It’s perfect for this cork ornament project!
How to Make Penguin Cork Ornaments
- all natural corks
- white acrylic paint
- black acrylic paint
- paint brush
- small screw eyes
- black and orange permanent marker
- scrap pieces of fleece or fabric
- hot glue & hot glue gun
- baker’s twine or yarn for hanging
- Check over your corks and make sure they aren’t broken or have a giant hole in one end. Paint your corks with a 1″ wide strip of white acrylic paint. I like to use a premium acrylic paint in a semi-gloss finish. It seems to coat and cover well. Let dry.
- Use your round paint brush to create a heart-like shape onto the front of the white strip. Paint the remaining cork black and let dry.
- Cut a piece of fleece or fabric 1/4″ x 6″ in length. Wrap around the penguin and knot it. Fold the top piece over the knot and secure it with hot glue. Trim the ends of the scarf.
- Use a black permanent marker to draw eyes onto your penguin and an orange beak.
- Screw a screw eye into the top of the cork. Use baker’s twine or yarn and thread it through the screw eye to hang.
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