We bought our Christmas tree the next day after Thanksgiving. The kids could hardly wait to decorate it. I brought in the Christmas boxes and started opening them one by one. I burst with joy to rediscover ornaments so dear to me and my family, like the ones we got when the boys were born or the first ornaments made by the kiddos at preschool. This year we added some new pieces to our treasure: Charlie Brown ornaments and LEGO penguin ornaments. They will remind us of some of our favorite movie and book characters of this year.
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While the inspiration for the Charlie Brown ornaments came from the movie Peanuts, The LEGO penguin ornaments were inspired by a book: “My penguin Osbert” by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel.
How to make LEGO Penguin Ornaments
Materials: black LEGOs, felt (green and red), foam (black, white, orange), googly eyes, small pom pom (green and red), string, glue
Step 1: Stack three black LEGOs one on top of the other.
We have a big box full of LEGOs but when I looked for black ones, I only found 3! I have two boys and they could definitely not make two penguins out of three LEGOs. So I chose three more (gray ones – though the color doesn’t really matter) and I also grabbed my black contact paper. I covered the gray penguin in contact paper.
Step 2: Cut out the beak, flippers and tummy from foam.
While my 5-year old can handle the cutting very well, my 3-year old did only the flippers and left the rest to me.
Step 3: Make the hats and scarves out of felt. I did these myself.
Step 4: Glue everything onto the LEGO pieces. Start with the tummy, eyes, beak, flippers and finish with the scarf that will come over the tummy and flippers.
Step 5: Glue the feet and hats. You can use the same school glue but be aware that it will take longer to be stuck in place. I took over this final step and used my hot glue gun as the boys were eager to hang their ornaments in the tree.
The penguin Osbert doesn’t wear any hat or scarf but I couldn’t resist adding them. Don’t they look adorable this way? To turn the penguins into ornaments just add a string to the hats and glue the hats down.
Looking for more inspiration for ornaments to make with your kids? Make sure to check the 10 Days of a Kid-made Christmas series where you will find more than 40 ornaments inspired by children’s books.
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