Ping-Pong Penguin Ornament: DIY Tree Ornaments (15 Minutes)

Penguin Ornament DIY

Have you seen the DIY penguin ornaments crafters make from recycled light bulbs? This little penguin ornament DIY is an adaptation of that concept using ping-pong balls instead.

The matte surface of ping-pong balls makes them much easier to transform with just a Sharpie…. avoiding the stress of fighting paint on glass!

Gather your Penguin Ornament Supplies

[Printable instructions are available on our downloadable project sheet.]

You’ll only need a few supplies for these adorable penguin Christmas ornaments for your tree:

For each ornament, you’ll need:
1 white ping-pong ball (a.k.a. table tennis ball)
2 – 6 mm wiggle eyes
1/2″ x 1/2″ square piece of orange construction paper (or similar)
pipe cleaner (a.k.a. chenille stem), cut in 2″ length
2 small (1 cm) pom poms
12″ length of string, thread, or clear thread (for hanging your ornament)
Tools you’ll need:
Black chisel tip Sharpie permanent marker
Hot glue gun or craft glue

SuppliesDescriptionFeaturesPrice
Franklin Sports White Ping Pong Balls - 6 Pack

Franklin Sports White Ping Pong Balls - 6 Pack

  • PACK: 6 Table Tennis Balls
  • Official size (40mm diameter) and weight (2.6-2.9g)
  • Increased control, long lasting, and consistent bounce for precision play
  • Perfect for multiple uses including beer pong, ping pong, and table tennis training
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6mm (1/4

6mm (1/4") Self-Adhesive Round Wiggly Eyes

  • 1000pcs 6mm googly eyes in a resealable zip bag
  • Easy to peel: with adhesive on the back and easy to drop off and really durable and sticky
  • You can stick the wobble eyes to any where you like,such as salt shakers, mailboxes, chairs,stapler
  • Perfect for theme party kid party halloween party
  • Note:don't touch the water with the back of the toy eyes,otherwise it will not stick
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Crayola Construction Paper

Crayola Construction Paper

  • 96 Pages
  • Encourage creativity
  • Great for School
  • Nontoxic
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Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners - Assorted Colors

Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners - Assorted Colors

  • INCLUDES 324 PIPE CLEANERS -- This arts and crafts set includes 324 pipe cleaners which measure 12”L and 5 mm in diameter
  • 10 COLORS -- This arts and crafts set includes red, pink, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, light blue, black, white and brown
  • NON-TOXIC & KID-FRIENDLY -- These Chenille Stems are made with non-toxic materials and soft, brightly colored fiber which makes them perfect for little crafters
  • EASY CRAFTING -- These pipe cleaners are made of fluffy fibers and flexible wire. Bend, wrap and twist the pipe cleaners to create 2D and 3D shapes!
  • A TWIST ON EARLY DEVELOPMENT -- Arts and crafts activities develop fine motor, identification and problem-solving skills in a fun, stress-free way. Help kids grow with these open-ended crafts!
  • IDEAL FOR DIY PROJECTS -- Foster children’s creative expression as they create cute pipe cleaner buddies! Create animals, flowers, insects, bracelets and so much more
  • CRAFT, IMAGINE, CREATE -- At READY 2 LEARN, we believe kids should play freely and immerse themselves in creativity! Our products are designed to inspire confidence and let imaginations run wild!
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Mini 1 cm Pom Pom Balls Assorted Colors

Mini 1 cm Pom Pom Balls Assorted Colors

  • PERFECT FOR CRAFTING: Fun colors, small size and endless crafting possibilities, what's not to love?
  • HOURS OF FUN: With 1800 pieces in our handy 1 cm size, you’ll be all set for arts and crafts projects at home, class, daycare and beyond! (Pom poms packed by weight. Actual quantity may vary slightly.)
  • BRIGHT & BOLD COLORS: Each bag contains a jazzy assortment of our 17 pom-tastic colors!
  • NON-TOXIC CRAFT MATERIALS: When you set your kids up at the craft table, you want them to dive in and have fun! The last thing you want to have to worry about is safety. Our products are made from non-toxic materials so your kiddos can get crafty without worry over exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • GIVING BACK: At Carl & Kay, we are passionate about helping children thrive. Each year, we donate a portion of our profits to help meet essential needs faced by children in poverty, including basic nutrition, health care needs and educational support.
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Construct Your Penguin Ornament (in 15 Minutes or Less)

[Download Printable Project Sheet]
1. With a pencil, lightly trace a circle about the size of a quarter on a white area of the ping-pong ball. With your Sharpie marker, color the remaining area of the ping-pong ball black. This will cover up any brand markings on your ball. Set the ball aside to dry for a few minutes.

2. To make the beak, fold the 1/2″ orange square on the diagonal to form a triangle. Glue or hot glue the lower half of the folded beak, placing the long folded edge along the top of the white belly and the pointy side of the beak facing downward toward the belly. (Reference photo for placement.) penguin ornament

3. Glue two 7-mm wiggle eyes above the long folded edge of the penguin’s beak.

4. Slightly bend the 2″ pipe cleaner piece so that it’ll hug the shape of the ping-pong ball. Attach your hanging string to the center of the pipe cleaner.

5. Place the pipe cleaner on the penguin’s head, adjusting the pipe cleaner ends to align with the penguin’s eyes. While holding the pipe cleaner in place, glue one end, placing a pom pom on top to cover the end of the pipe cleaner. Repeat for the other side.

6. That’s it! Tie the ends of your hanging string to create a loop. Proudly hang your ping-pong penguin ornament on your tree!

Did you know that a group of penguins assembled on land is called a waddle? How cute is that?

Have fun making your own waddle of penguin decorations for your Christmas tree! These kid-friendly homemade penguin ornaments work up in no time. (Always supervise the use of a hot glue gun.)

More Christmas crafts can be found here:
How to Use Rosemary: A Creative Guide for DIY Gifts & Crafts
How to Make Gingerbread Coffee Syrup (+ Free Printable Gift Tags)

Another ping pong craft for Halloween: Make Creepy Flowers for a Bewitching Halloween Display!

Happy Crafty Holidays!

For a FREE Printable Ping-Pong Penguin Ornament Craft Project Sheet, complete the form below to gain instant access:

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