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Glittered Papier-Mache Penguins

Use household supplies like newspaper, balloons, and sparkly glitter.

glittered papier-mache penguin

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Foam brush
  • Black craft paint
  • Glitter, black and white
  • Googly eyes
  • Cardstock, black and yellow
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Inflate balloon to desired size. Mix one-part glue with two-parts water to create papier-mache paste; apply three coats of mixture to balloon and let dry.
    glittered papier-mache penguin
  2. Once dry, cut balloon. Papier-mache top to close.
  3. Paint entire shape in three coats of black paint; let dry.
  4. Using foam brush, apply mixture to painted penguin. Dust belly with white glitter and the rest of the penguin with black glitter.
  5. Add features: cut out a beak and feet from yellow cardstock paper, arms from black cardstock, and googly eyes to finish the face.

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