Clay Pot Penguins
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Clay Pot Penguins

Create a family of penguins that will add some whimsy to your holiday décor.

Designed by DecoArt®

Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • DecoArt Snow Products (Snow-Tex, Glamour Dust Crystal)
  • 2-inch Terra Cotta Pot
  • 2-inch Styrofoam Ball
  • 1½-inch Terra Cotta Pot
  • 1½-inch Styrofoam Ball
  • Styrofoam Sheet
  • Water Container
  • Palette or Plastic Plate
  • Paper Towels
  • Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Brushes (#0 liner, #12 flat)
  • Palette Knife or Craft Stick
  • Two Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Small Dowel Pieces
  • Fun Foam Sheets (Black and Orange)
  • Tracing and Transfer Paper
  • Pen or Stylus
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Low Heat Glue Gun
  • Small Piece Sandpaper

Project Instructions

Place piece of sandpaper on work surface. Press and drag Styrofoam ball across sandpaper to form flat area.

For each penguin, use marker to draw oval shape on terra cotta pot for stomach and heart on Styrofoam ball for face. Paint stomach and face Cloud White and remainder of pot and ball Wrought Iron Black.

Trace and transfer wing and feet patterns on fun foam. Use scissors to cut out.

Roll small balls of orange Model Magic into cones for penguin beaks.

Position and adhere head, wings, and feet on body. Adhere beak on face.

For sitting penguins, feet are positioned on pot rim.

For sliding penguins, place Styrofoam ball inside terra cotta pot and secure with glue.

Position and adhere feet on Styrofoam ball. Use brush handle end and Wrought Iron Black to dot on eyes. Rub small amount of Carnation Pink on face for cheeks.

For skiing penguin, paint jumbo craft sticks and small dowel pieces Mistletoe Green.

For snow penguin, adhere small Styrofoam ball on small pot. Use brush to coat with Snow-Tex. Form bowl-shape with Model Magic. Press until shape fits penguin head. Place on head. Roll strip of Model Magic for hat band. Press ruler or other flat object in band to form lines. Press band onto hat and trim. Top hat with ball, strips, or fringe of Model Magic as desired.

Cut Styrofoam sheet desired size. Use extra foam to layer sections in one corner to form “hill”. Secure with glue. Use palette knife to apply Snow-Tex over entire base. While wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.

Adhere penguin feet and body on jumbo craft sticks. Position and adhere skier on hill. Push small dowel pieces into Styrofoam base and adhere to penguin wings.

Position other penguins as desired. For snow penguin builders, adhere beak to one penguin’s wings and apply Snow-Tex on other. To secure somersaulting penguin, push toothpick partially into its head. Push remaining end into Styrofoam base.

Note: Click on "download pattern" button on bottom right for project pattern.


Refer to photo for project details.