DIY Penguin Costume for Kids to Make

by Tonya Staab
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This DIY penguin costume is a fun craft for kids to make for World Penguin Day or Halloween. It’s made out of a brown paper grocery bag.

a penguin costume made by kids using card stock and brown paper bags
DIY penguin costume made by kids using brown paper bags and card stock.

DIY penguin costume


  • Brown paper bag
  • Orange and black card stock
  • Black and white paint
  • Stapler (or tape)
  • Elastic or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


Cut head and arm holes into the bottom of the brown paper bag. You will need to measure the circumference of the child’s head and how far down the armholes need to be. Help them put it on to make sure it fits properly before moving on to the next step.

Paint the paper bag black and white (as pictured above) and set it aside to dry.

Cut a large circle out of the black card stock. Make one cut from the outside to the center of the circle and then move the sides that were cut over each other to make a hat (like the one pictured). Use either a stapler or tape to hold the ends in place. You can attach elastic or ribbon if you need it to tie under the chin so that the hat stays on (especially if it’s a windy day).

Cut out a beak shape from the orange card stock. Staple or tape elastic or ribbon to the ends to tie around the back of the child’s head.

Have the kids wear a long-sleeved black top and black pants to finish off their costumes.

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