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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Hand Painted Penguin Ornament DIY

Craft this handmade penguin ornament for an adorable touch to your Christmas tree!

Hand Painted Penguin Ornament DIY
Hand Painted Penguin Ornament DIY
This image courtesy of 365daysofcrafts.nikimeiners.com

Do you love crafting your own Christmas ornaments? Paint a pretty penguin on a wood slice ornament with this Hand Painted Penguin Ornament DIY! This DIY penguin ornaments tutorial is easy to follow, and you'll be done in no time. You don't have to spend hours on making this project. In only a few minutes, you'll have these beautiful penguin ornaments that you can hang on your Christmas tree. And you'll enjoy this project so much that you'll craft your own ornaments every year. So, start getting ready for Christmas with these handmade ornaments!

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsWood

Primary TechniqueWood Crafts

Easy

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Wood slice ornament by Walnut Hollow
  • Pencil
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in black, red, white and yellow
  • Flat brush
  • Detail brush
  • Pink or red colored pencil
  • Ribbon or twine (optional)

Instructions:

Note: If you purchase premade wood slice ornaments from Walnut Hollow, they're already smooth, sanded and ready to go. These ornaments are pre-drilled, and they come in several wood varieties with a jute string to complement its rustic charm. If you are not using Walnut Hollow, you might need to wipe the wood with sandpaper to make sure the surface is smooth and even for the paint. And if you're having difficulty drawing your penguin, check out this How to Draw a Penguin tutorial, or print out an image from the internet and trace it onto the wood slice using tracing paper.

  1. Draw your penguin shape on the wood slice. Paint the inside of the penguin white.

  2. Once you have painted the center of the penguin white, paint the exterior of the body black.  

  3. If you don't like the way it's looking, you can repaint it.

  4. Draw on the scarf, eyes, and beak.

  5. Find a ribbon or string to use as a tie on if you do not want to use the jute cording that comes with the ornament.

  6. Add details with a detail brush.

  7. Use the colored pencil to lightly make circles on the face of the snowman for rosy cheeks. Use your finger or a cotton swab to blend the marks into a circle.

A painted penguin wood slice ornament is the perfect gift for your loved ones. And if you'd rather keep this ornament for yourself, your Christmas tree will shine a little brighter! If you would like to see other ways to use wood slices as ornaments, check out this Country Chic Christmas Ornament. If you enjoy painting ornaments, you might really like this Balsa Wood Santa Tutorial.

Do you make your own Christmas ornaments? 
Let us know in the comments below!

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This is so cute. Who doesn't love penguins? The grand kids will love this one. I read thru the directions and it's so easy it would be a shame not to make it. I have all the materials I need to make it so next weekend my grand daughter and I will get to work.

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