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How to make feet & beaks for a penguin costume

Updated November 21, 2016

You can dress up as a Halloween penguin by wearing a tuxedo or a more realistic bird costume, but both dress-up styles need a beak and webbed feet to complete the look. Fortunately, they take only minutes to make. These penguin feet are simple cutouts that wrap over the tops of your shoes, and the beak slips over nose like a Halloween mask.

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Make the penguin feet

  1. Stand with your feet several centimetres apart on a sheet of poster board or craft foam. Trace around your feet for the basic shapes. Remove the poster board or foam and sketch a webbed-toed front to the feet, like swimming flippers. Make the webbed toes wide enough to wrap over the fronts of your shoes. Cut out the feet with scissors.

  2. Tuck the heel-end of the feet under the front hems of your pant legs and secure them with safety pins.

  3. Attach the penguin feet to the toes of your shoes with double-sided tape.

Make the penguin beak

  1. Paint the outside of the toilet-paper roll orange. Allow it to dry completely.

  2. Paint the inside of the toilet paper roll orange. Allow it to dry completely.

  3. Flatten the toilet paper roll into a rectangle. Beginning at the midpoint of one of the short sides of the rectangle, draw a diagonal line that extends to about halfway down the left side of the roll. Do the same on the right side. Cutting through both layers of cardboard, cut off the two side triangles with scissors. When you reshape the roll, you will have a three-dimensional, open, pointed beak.

  4. Punch holes on either side of the flat end of the beak, just down from the triangular cuts.

  5. Thread a string of elastic band through the holes and knot the ends to hold it in place. Wear the penguin beak around your head and over your nose.

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Things You'll Need

  • Orange poster board or craft foam
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Double-sided tape
  • Toilet-paper roll
  • Orange paint
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic band

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