Tuesday, December 7, 2010

March of the penguins

It's Sunday afternoon and the snow is falling like powdered sugar over a sweet dessert.  My kiddies noses are pressed against the window as they watch this magical confetti turn the ground into a soft white blanket.  Their excitement fills the air as they quickly gather their snow gear and prepare to step into a winter wonderland.

Sometimes creativity blossoms out of the blue; sometimes it takes a little more effort; but if you just let inspiration take you away, anything can happen, including something like this.......













May I show you something?






My original idea when making these little penguins was to have the kiddies take them outside and knock them down with snow balls, like a carnival kinda game. But after painting their cute little faces, I fell in love with them (I say that in the humblest way possible) and decided to paint the rest of them to coordinate with the stocking advent calendar.  And I am happy to report, they have marched up the stairs and reside safely in the warmth of our upstairs hallway.  Needless to say, I will have to make other little creatures for use during snow ball target practice (perhaps I have found another use for an earlier creation?)

 

And here we are, acting like penguins on a perfect winter afternoon.

I hope you allow your creativity to take you away today.......

much love,
Lucy



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86 comments:

  1. These are the cutest! I may have to try and make 'em :D Lovely family.

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  2. Hello,

    wat a wunderful Familifoto.

    And thank you for the idee ...

    greatings send you Conny

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    1. oi amei seus pinguins,bem q vc poderia colocar o passo a passo,pois queromuito faze-los.bjusssssss!!!

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  3. What a cute bunch of penguins!!!
    I will definitely be making some of these as my daughter is a penguin nut!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Wow.. what an incredibly unique idea. They turned out adorable!!!

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  5. Lucy- What a darling idea! I love those babies! So creative and cute! Hugs-Diana

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  6. Yes, a darling idea! Wow. I love it.
    Sabine

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  7. Lovely!!!! Gotta make some for my penguin lovin' daughter! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh my goodness, if this isn't the coolest/cutest upcycle craft I have ever seen. My first visit to your blog & I am already bookmarking every thing in sight!! Thanks

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  9. Oh wow - I am in love with those little cuties! I'm bookmarking this so I can make some later. :)

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  10. What lovely penguins, and the family is even lovelier! Although, my husband might not appreciate my snagging his pop bottles. lol
    Thanks for the idea!
    Hugs~ Shellie

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  11. Lucy,
    How cute!!! Your family is beautiful!

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  12. You're completely brilliant! Amazingly crafty and beautifully done.

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  13. What a great way to upcycle those 2 liters. Love the poetic movement of your post.

    I'd love to see these up @ Creative Juice Thursdays...
    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2010/12/creative-juice-thursday-take-two.html

    I'd be honored if you joined us!
    Nicolette

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  14. Ditto what Lisa @ 4:03 said!

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  15. Umm...these are the cutest things EVER! love them!

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  16. So, so sweet! I can't paint a lick, but if I could, I'd definately make these! You are very talented and creative! - Karen

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  17. These are amazingly adorable!!

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  18. Wow, those are amazing! So creative and resourceful!

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  19. can i say "copy cat" because thats what i want to do haha. love these :)

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  20. Oh my gosh! This is amazing! They are super cute! You're a very talented painter!

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  21. Oh my goodness these are adotable!!
    I'm a new follower... so glad I found your site, you're a creative genius!! lol
    I put your button up on my favorites page.

    ~Sabrina from www.bgamefamily.blogspot.com

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  22. These are the cutest! I can't believe these are made from soda bottles. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

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  23. that is absolutely awesome. I love reusing containers like that also. Great job - those are totally worth saving :)

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  24. So so so so SO adorable!!!!!! Amazing idea.
    I featured these on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.
    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/12/adorable-penguins-at-craftberry-bush.html

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  25. these are adorable and what a great use of old plastic bottles! i can't believe how creative you are. i can't wait to try my hand at these. stopping by from tatertots and jello!

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  26. I have never posted someone's artistic geniusness on my blog before, but today I am!

    Hope you don't mind. It is an awesome idea...plastic bottles...woo hoo!

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  27. GET OUT, those did NOT start out as pop bottles! So cute and clever!!! I'm featuring this project in tomorrow's A Crafty Soiree:)

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  28. SUPER darling!!! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions last week. Hope you stop by again soon :)

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  29. Those are absolutely adorable! You did a fantastic job with painting them!

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  30. Oh my goodness! These little penguins are the cutest! Good job and thanks for sharing your project. :o) I'm following ya. :o)
    Merry Christmas!!!

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  31. Those are sooo cute. I was scrolling down and down to find out what you had used to make them. Just brilliant.

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  32. Pure cuteness! Adorable! New follower!
    Holly
    504 Main
    DIY Club

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  33. I have a penguin *CRAZY* little girl who would just absolutely love one these. I will definitely have to give it a go ;o) You did a great job creating these. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. too cute. I need to make some with my kids but we necver drink pop-hmmm but these are just so cute.

    Cheri

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  35. Just dropped in here from Gwenny Penny, she was right, these are cuties...they so suit all their candy colours against the white snow!

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  36. These are so cute!! Thank you for the inspiration! After seeing these, I took a look around your blog! You are one crafty lady!

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  37. Those are the cutest things EVER!!! :)

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  38. Fiquei encantada, belíssimo trabalho, a natureza agradece.
    Parabéns, fique com DEUS.
    Feliz Natal.

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  39. Darling, darling, darling. I want to make some. But I have some questions.
    1.After you sprayed them with primer, did you use craft acrylic pants?
    2. Did you glue the two halves together, or just wedge one inside the other? If you did glue, what brand or type of glue did you use?
    3. Did you weight them with sand before you put them together?

    Thanks for the close-ups. It helps us less-talented people get an idea of how to make the knit hat and scarf LOOK like a knit hat and scarf.

    I will check back for your answers so you don't have to hunt around for my blog.

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  40. Amei os pinguins, to louca pra fazer também

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  41. These are adorable! I love these! You did a fantastic job with painting them too. I can't wait to make some of these. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  42. Hi !
    I came to tell who inspired his pet penguin tutorial I also did a
    It was beautiful too and does the resist, if you want to check how it was, come visit me here:
    http://artesbyma.blogspot.com

    Many thanks for the tip
    Maybe now I also do love the polar.
    Bjs

    Translate online, if you have errors, sorry!

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  43. Being a big fan of penguins, I too have fallen in love! Too cute for words and I will have to make at least a trio perhaps holding carolling books?

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  44. Those are so adorable!!!! And the pic of you all is fabulous!! Thanks for the tutorial too!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  45. Non mais sont vraiment trop beaux !! Faut que je bricole avec les filles pendant les vacances de Noël ♥ Sont trop trop trop cute ♥ Merciiii!!

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  46. i love tyhese little guys how did you do the stars and how did you paint them hope you get back ok thank you

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  47. I love the adorable penguins I have to make me some of these!!!! And can't believe how easy they are!! I just hope I can do the hand painting part and have them still look like penguins, LOL!!!

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  48. HI Janet ! I hope you are well, I tried to send you an email directly but was not able to find one...so I hope you will come back to read the response here...I used DecoArt Acrylic paint after an initial coat of spray paint.. The stars are not actual stars but little snow flakes from the Dollar Store I hung around them just for fun....hope that helps...have a wonderful Christmas...xo Lucy

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  49. I'm like Denise....I need answers to some basic questions. I love the little guys! So creative! But I keep looking for the "Directions." Email to karenleed@aol.com. Put Penquin in subject line.

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  50. I cant find the directions for the penguins and would love to make them, they are so cute ! could you send them to me to my address:-

    shishyrose@rogers.com ..... I would so love to make these for next Xmas, thank you very much.

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  51. Hello,
    My kids & I would love to make these cute penguins but we were wondering how you attached the two halves. Could you email us the directions as well?
    Thanks & love your blog!
    dldzurko@gmail.com
    Avery, Gracie & Dana

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    1. Hi Dana, I hope you are well, thank you for taking the time to visit. the directions for the penguins are pictured in the actual post. I do not have a step by step of the painting process.(sorry)You can use penguin picture as inspiration and just have fun with it...thanks again, and sorry I could not help you further..:( hope you have a great day ! xo
      Lu

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  52. Lucy: These little guys have absolutely tugged at my heartstrings. So much so I've sent the link onto my daughter .... thought it would a perfect project for my grandsons to work on during March Break or at least on weekends leading up to Break. I also sent the link to a friend's daugher-in-law (Daycare Teacher), in hopes that they'll enjoy these wonderful little bundles of joy. Thank you ever-so-much for bringing into my little world. .........ash

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  53. Lucy,
    What an awesome & fun project to with my Grandkids! Love it-thanks so much for sharing:)

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  54. What a talented Lady you are.Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.Found you on Pinterest. Happy crafting!!!

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  55. Those are so cute !!!

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  56. Oh my goodness, these are just adorable!

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  57. Cute, Cute, Cute! what type of paint did you use?

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  58. These are really cute. You are very creative. My craft group will be making these the next meeting. what kind of glue did you use (if any) to put the parts together? i was planning to use the 16 oz soda and water bottles. Are they going to work?

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  59. extremadamente bello!!!

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  60. Just found you and this wonderful, adorable penguin project. I will definitely be making some of them. I LOVE penguins!

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  61. What kind of spray paint did you use? I can't read the label.
    thanks

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  62. So cute. I love them. I saw snowmen made from pop bottles that were also adorable. Thanks for sharing.
    Exede

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  63. Hi Lucy!
    Your penguins are soooo lovely!! :D
    I fell in love with them at first sight! ^__^
    I'm a preschool teacher in Brazil and I found this a great idea for making toys from recycled materials.
    I'll definitely try sometime soon! ;P
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  65. Love this..wanted to do it for a family craft workshop at church, but needed it to dry in one afternoon. Used fleece hats & scarves to cut down on the drying time & we all loved it!

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  66. Lucy,
    This is fantastic- so adorable! Thank you for posting. :) you have a new "liker" on facebook!

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  67. Lucy, we Loved this penguins! In our daughter's class we suggested and each kid got one from parents to share at school! Thank You! Great idea!!!

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  68. Love this idea. Is there any way to use the same for Easter? Maybe chicks?

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  69. Amazing........... Very cute they are.....

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  70. It´s one of the most cutest things I saw done whit bottles , thanks , you're project give me inspiration , i really love it !!!

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  71. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/plastic-bottle-penguins/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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  72. Do you have instructions for the painted penguins using drink bottles Thank you Kim Cox KC@2att.net

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  73. Very cute penguin project is there instruction Kim Cox

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  74. Congrats! I’m just stopping by to let you know that this post was selected as an Editor’s Pick for December (yes, we’re a bit behind in posting these!) over at Fun Family Crafts. :) You can see it here http://funfamilycrafts.com/editors-picks-december-2013/

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