How to Make an Adorable Water Bottle Penguin Craft for Kids | Kid Friendly Things To Do

This Water Bottle Penguin Craft is such a cute winter or arctic-themed craft for school. It’s a fun project and is a cute water bottle craft for kids that’s inexpensive, easy, and fun! Kids can easily make these cute little penguins out of recycled water bottles and happily display them all winter long.

water bottle penguin craft

Water Bottle Penguin Craft

water bottle penguin craft for kids

When I made these, we just happen to have about two feet of snow outside, so these penguins fit right into our home. These little penguins would be the perfect craft for a snow day, a fun Christmas craft, or a fun winter craft at home or school.

Tips and Tricks for making this Penguin Craft with kids:

  • for small children, and preschool children, my biggest piece of advice is to prep – prep – prep. Cut out shapes in advance. Have the water bottle emptied, dried, and ready to craft. Little kids don’t mind if they only did one or two steps of a craft to call their own. They do mind, however, getting bored and frustrated with a craft.
  • I like to use a low temp. glue gun alternative that is a really tacky glue – It’s called fabri-tac. It forms a gummy stick that makes pieces secure almost instantly. You might have to hold some down for a few seconds, but it’s really quick
  • It takes about 1 cup of mini marshmallows per penguin – when using the smaller (shorter) water bottles
  • If you only have taller bottles on hand, that’s perfectly fine. You’ll just need more marshmallows
  • You can substitute cotton balls or crumpled white paper for marshmallows
  • Always use a low temp glue gun as opposed to a hot glue gun when working with kids


If you are looking for fun and easy winter crafts, you might want to also check out some of my other posts, like making a Homemade Bird Feeder out of Ice, How to Make Bath Salts, or Making a Snowflake out of a Coffee Filter.

These are so simple to make that even toddlers can have a part in making them. When they have finished, they’ll have some cute little penguins to add to their winter fun.

Are you ready to make this Water Bottle Penguin Craft? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need…

Supplies you’ll need:

  • empty water bottles – 8 oz. size – I have seen this craft done with the taller water bottles, but I really thought the smaller squattier water bottles would be easier to fill with marshmallows and also look really  cute
  • mini marshmallows – I used about 1 cup per penguin
  • black foam paper
  • orange foam paper
  • small googly eyes
  • glue – I like to use Fabr-Tac – you could also use a low temp glue gun
  • scissors for cutting shapes

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(for each penguin craft)

supplies for water bottle penguins

  • with the orange foam piece – cut out 2 little orange feet into the shape of a U and a triangle for the beak
  • using the black foam, cut a long rectangle  (or black strip) that will fit all the way around the neck of the bottle

making a water bottle craft

  • next, cut the penguin wings. I cut a half circle and then cut that in half again to make wing shapes

making a water bottle craft

  • fill the water bottle with mini marshmallows

making a penguin craft

  • seal the bottle with the lid
  • glue the black foam strip around the lid and neck of the bottle – securing the seam with glue at the back of the bottle
  • add the googly eyes to the black piece and secure them with glue

making a penguin craft

  • glue the beak under the eyes
  • add the little orange feet with the curved edges pointing out
  • glue the wings to the sides of the bottle so the pointed tips are facing the front of the penguin
  • *optional – you can add a little felt scarf to make these little guys even cuter

water bottle penguin craft

That’s it. You’re done!

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