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March of the Penguins

A friend at the office has just published a charming book of papercrafts, A Very Merry Paper Christmas. If you’re at all handy with a matte knife and pretty paper, there are terrific projects in here (votive lights, tree toppers, lovely winter scenes to put under a bell jar, ornaments…).

For her pub party, I decided to do a little “papercrafting” of my own: potato-stamp napkins. Thanks to a YouTube tutorial, I stamped two dozen penguins.
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Here’s the body (one medium potato painted with black poster paint).

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A smaller potato makes the stomach (painted with white poster paint).

Here’s the moment that brings you right back to pre-school: mix red and yellow to make orange for the beaks and feet.

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Let them dry between these steps.

A hole-punch makes perfect white eyes; one tiny touch with a black magic marker and you’ve got a penguin.

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The more chilled champagne you drink, the better these look!

 

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