Crafty Kids: How to Make Egg Carton Penguins

One of the very best ways to spend a wintery afternoon with your child is to roll up your sleeves and tackle a cute craft. Short on inspiration? Never fear! Our craft-expert friends at Kiwi Crate have given us this simple winter project that your whole cooped-up family—even those ambivalent tweens in your household—will enjoy putting together. 

Egg Carton Penguins can be made using a very short list of materials and they don’t require a big commitment of time, unless you want them to. You and the kids (or the babysitter and the kids) can likely whip up a whole brood of these adorable creatures in less than 30 minutes. Or, spend the entire afternoon expanding your colony, or colonies: Why not toss in a little subversive learning by researching penguin breeds all together online, then whipping up variations on the theme. Fiordland Penguins, anyone?

What You’ll Need:

  • Recycled cardboard egg carton(s)
  • Non-toxic black and white paint, and other colors if desired
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue 
  • Googly eyes
  • Sheets of felt in orange, and other colors if desired

Kiwi Crate rates this project a Medium on the messiness spectrum. So after you’ve gathered your materials, be sure to protect your work surface by covering it with newspaper. 

1. Separate the cups on the egg carton by pulling them apart or cutting them with scissors. A standard egg carton will yield a dozen silly winter birds; two egg cartons allows for plenty of mess-ups; three or more ensure that the whole family can function at maximum penguin-making capacity. 

penguin craft step 1

2. Sketch out an oval section in the center of each egg cup that will be the penguin’s belly; paint the remainder of the egg cup black. Allow to dry slightly.

penguin craft step 2

3. Paint the penguin’s belly white. Allow to dry slightly.

penguin craft step 3

4. Now, cut the felt: You’ll need one triangle for each beak and two hearts for each pair of feet. 

penguin craft step 4

5. Glue on the beak, pointy side of the triangle facing down; then glue on two eyes, one at each upper corner of the triangle. Finish assembly by gluing feet to the bottom of the egg cup; press gently and hold for a moment, till the felt sticks. 

penguin craft step 5

6. Admire the adorable bird you’ve created! Repeat—as often as desired.

penguin craft step 6

Photos by Kiwi Crate