Elmer's Penguin Frame

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by Craft Marketing Connections Design Team

Elmer's Penguin Frame

This picture frame made from foam board and felt, shaped like a cute penguin, will waddle its way into a child's room.

Make one, take a picture of it, then share on social media using #ACMooreInspired.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Cut the Black felt to 18" x 36" and the White felt to 8" x 10". Trim each piece of the foam board to 11" x 14".
  • 2
    Enlarge all patterns on the template 150%, then download and print it. Cut out body pattern. Trace onto foam board twice and cut out. (Tip: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the craft knife. Replace blade often.) Set aside one piece that will be the body back. Cut out center oval on paper body pattern. Trace oval onto other foam board that’'s serving as the body'’s front.
  • 3
    Place paper body pattern on Black felt and use tape to hold. Cut felt 1-1/2" away from outside edge of pattern. Place Black felt onto work surface, apply a few lines of the tape runner on foam board Body front and flip over, centering adhesive side of foam board down onto felt. Press to stick, keeping in same position. Apply tape runner along edge of opening in foam board body front. Cut a small “X” through felt in center of opening. Cut out approximately 3" oval. Make small cuts, from edge of felt oval to 1/8" out from foam board edge. Gently pull felt "wedges" around edge of foam board to top, sticky surface and press onto adhesive, working on opposite sides to stretch evenly. After adjusting wedges to make a smooth oval opening, glue the felt wedges around center opening, clipping off points if desired.
  • 4
    For tummy, set paper body pattern onto White felt and cut approximately 1/2" larger than opening in pattern. Position and use tape runner to attach White felt to back foam board body. Use tape runner to attach front and back bodies together so that White felt shows in opening.
  • 5
    Place the project, front-side-down, onto work surface. Use tape runner to apply adhesive on back, around outside edge of body. Make snips about every 1/4", going from edge of felt to 1/2" from foam board edge. As with inside opening, pull felt "wedges" to back of body and press onto adhesive, alternating sides to keep it stretched evenly. (Tip: You may want to trim away small triangles of felt so that felt doesn't have to be overlapped too much.). Glue pieces in place.
  • 6
    To cover back, tape paper body pattern onto Black felt and cut along outside lines, (same size felt shape as foam board body, but do not cut opening). Attach felt piece onto back, covering raw felt edges.
  • 7
    Cut out patterns of wings, feet and beak, trace onto appropriate felt and use the tape runner to secure to body. Attach wiggle eyes.
  • 8
    Trace easel pattern onto foam board and cut out. To make hinged flap, cut along dotted line, cutting only through top paper and foam board, leaving back paper intact. Glue cut side of hinge flap to back of frame and then cut out oval pattern. Place on photo and trace. Attach photo to center of penguin.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours

Project Supplies

  • •Two Pieces of Elmer's Foam Board 20" x 30" x 1/2" in White & X-Treme Glue Stick
  • •CPE The New Image Group 36" x 36" Craft Pack in Black as well as 9" x 12" Sheets in Tangerine & White
  • •Nicole™ Crafts 30 mm Wiggle Eyes
  • •Tape Runner, Scotch Tape, Yardstick and Photo
Download Project Template