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Free Penguin SVG and Easy Cricut Joy Tutorial

Looking for an easy Cricut project to shake off those winter blues? Grab this FREE penguin SVG and an inexpensive mug and create this cutie in just a few minutes!
Author: Beth Kingston


Optional Items:

  • Faux Greenery, pine cones, other decorative accessories
  • Floral Foam
  • Wire cutters



  • Thoroughly wash mug with soap and hot water and let dry completely before using.


  • Click here to save the Penguin images as an SVG. *Note: not sure how to save an image? Once you’ve selected the SVG image, right-click and select Save or Save As.
  • Open Cricut Design Space.
  • Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas. Make sure you have selected the Cricut machine you are using in the top right corner.
  • Click on the “Upload” button from the toolbar and browse your downloaded files to insert the Penguin SVG file. The image will appear on the canvas.
  • Click on all the same colored pieces and select “Attach” to secure pieces together for cutting.
  • Maintain the size at 3” high or adjust to fit your mug. To adjust the size, highlight the image and click on the size box in the top toolbar. Change the measurement to suit your mug size accordingly.
  • Change the image color if desired to match with the material color.


  • Select “Make It” in the upper right corner to proceed with cutting.
  • If using Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl, choose “no mat” for cutting.
  • Note the size of the Smart Vinyl needed and cut the length of the vinyl accordingly.
  • Following the instructions prompted on the screen, cut out the vinyl in all of the colors needed.


  • For each color, cut around the whole image with a pair of scissors.
  • Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl around the cut images and discard.
  • Starting with the penguin body, cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger in size.
  • Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.
  • Peel away the vinyl backing, leaving just the penguin body and eyes adhered to the transfer tape.
  • Carefully consider the placement before applying as the permanent vinyl can’t be removed if placed incorrectly. Position the image with the transfer tape on to the smooth side of the mug and press in place.
    Tip – If your mug is not a flat surface, cut into the transfer tape (but not vinyl) with scissors to help it shape around the mug.
  • Press the image down with your fingers to help it to stick to the mug.
  • Slowly remove the transfer tape leaving the vinyl image on the mug.
  • Repeat for the other pieces (nose and feet; hat and scarf).


  • Insert floral foam inside the mug.
  • Insert the faux greens into the foam starting with the longest piece in the center.
  •  Working outwards, fill in with more greens and other decorative accessories until full.