This penguin you see before you ain’t no ordinary penguin. He just returned from the county fair, where he killed it in the “paper mache, kids 5 and under” category. That’s right, people, he’s a blue ribbon penguin. Look at him.
We made him using the same paper mache method as our Easter Egg Dioramas. We began by blowing up a balloon just until it was round. We then then ripped up newspaper into squares (about 4″x4″, but you certainly don’t need to be exact). We dipped the newspaper into a mixture of 1/2 c water and 1/4 c flour and covered the balloon.
I tied a string to the balloon and hung it from my chandelier to dry overnight.
The next day we popped the balloon and drew it out through the small hole in the bottom where it had been tied. We painted our paper mache ball black with tempura paint, made a white circle in the middle and let it dry.
We cut two teardrop shapes from black posterboard for the wings.
Cut some feet from yellow foam and a triangle for the beak from orange foam. We glued the feet over the hole in the bottom of the balloon (at which point he stopped falling over) and added some large googly eyes.
There, now. Isn’t he handsome?