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Last Updated on 2nd November 2022 by Vicki
Hi all, this post is all about how to make these cute penguin sugar model cake toppers. What do you think of them? My girls love them and so do I! As with all my tutorials, I take you through a step by step guide showing how I made them. Also, as usual, I used vodka to attach the pieces onto the models, but you could always use edible glue. After the written tutorial, I have also included my video of me making my very similar Valentine penguin topper. There is also a list at the bottom of the page of all the items that I used.
How To Make A Penguin Sugar Model
Body and Eyes
Firstly, I formed 30g of black modelling paste into a cone shape. Then I lightly flattened the top with my fingers. This made the penguin’s body.
Next, I cut out a small circle of white modelling paste. I stuck the circle onto the body, as can be seen above.
Using the blade end of a blade and shell modelling tool, I moulded the circle into a square shape with rounded corners.
Next I used the small end of a bone modelling tool to make sockets for the eyes.
Here you can see both of the eye sockets. I did them just above the white paste.
Using a tiny amount of vodka, I placed a small ball of white modelling paste in each eye socket and flattened them slightly with the bone modelling tool
I then repeated this process with two smaller balls of black modelling paste.
Lastly, I repeated it once more with two tiny balls of white modelling paste, as can be seen above.
To make the wings, I firstly rolled two pieces of black modelling paste into balls. I made sure they were the same size.
Next, I rolled each ball into a tube, making it smaller at one end.
Lastly, I flattened each tube to form the wing shape as can be seen above.
I attached each wing to either side of the body. The wider part of the wing was at the top.
Once the wings were attached, I moved the bottom of the wings outwards slightly, so they were just away from the body.
The Penguin’s Scarf
I rolled a piece of green modelling paste into a thin tube and then flattened it with a rolling pin.
Next, I cut out the scarf, being mindful of the width that I needed it to be.
I placed the scarf around the penguin’s body. The scarf just covered the top of the wings. I trimmed away the excess and neatened where the scarf joined at the back.
I finished off the scarf by draping a small piece over the original one, as can be seen above.
The Penguin’s Hat
Firstly, I rolled some green modelling paste into a ball and then wrapped it around a ball tool to get the curved shape.
Using my fingers, I gently flattened out around the edges of the paste. I was careful to keep the dome shape in the middle.
Next, I attached the green paste onto the penguin’s head.
For the edge of the hat, I rolled out some light green modelling paste into a tube. Next, I flattened it with a rolling pin and then cut the paste to size.
Then I placed this around the edge of the hat and trimmed to fit.
I made a bobble for the hat, by rolling a small piece of light green modelling paste into a ball and placed it on top of the hat.
The Penguin’s Earmuffs
I rolled a small piece of green modelling paste into a tube, placed it over the penguins head and trimmed to fit.
Next, I rolled two pieces of darker green modelling paste into balls.
I then attached these onto either side of the head, flattening them slightly with my fingers.
Beak and Feet
I shaped a small piece of orange modelling paste into a triangle shape and placed it on the face as can be seen above. Then I took two pieces of orange modelling paste and rolled them into balls. I then formed them into flat triangles.
Next, I attached the feet to the body which can be seen in the image above.
In the image above you can see the penguin with the scarf. I finished this penguin off by gently curling the end of the scarf outwards.
I hope you enjoyed reading about how to make these penguin cupcake toppers. Below is a video of me making my very similar Valentine themed penguin topper.
Items Used To Make These Penguin Sugar Model Cake Toppers
Below are a list of items I used in this tutorial, including affiliate links to them. I have also included the tools I used. If you wanted to take a closer look at my favourite modelling tools, click here.
- Carlos Lischetti HD Black Modelling paste : https://amzn.to/2UT9ZKs
- Saracino White Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3AdsagG
- PME Bone Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3ikaCsM
- PME Blade and Shell Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3CcGdVl
- Ball Tool (PME) : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Colour Splash Food Colouring Gel in Jade : https://tidd.ly/3fnoHE6
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