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Cardboard Tube Alligator

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • 11- inch paper towel tube
  • green and white paint
  • glue dots
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • pinking shears
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • black fine point marker


  • Cut the tube into two sections - 4-inches and 7-inches. Set the 4-inch piece aside for another craft project.
  • Use the pinking shears to cut 1.5 (one and a half) inches into one end of the tube. Repeat this same cut on the other side. Then cut two more slits from the end of the tube at 45-degree angle, joining them with the ends of the first two slits. This creates the open mouth.
  • Using regular scissors at the opposite end of the tube, cut out the tail using the photo guide above.
  • Take the tail piece that you just cut from the tube and flatten it. Cut that piece into four equal pieces for the alligator's feet.
  • Cut toes from the foot pieces.
  • Shape the mouth with the pinking shears. Cut so that both sides are angled and trim the front edges so they look like teeth.
  • Paint the entire tube with green paint.
  • Paint the feet green.
  • When everything is dry, paint the teeth white.
  • Add a glue dot to the flat end of each foot.
  • Attach the legs to the alligator's body.
  • Add googly eyes and use a fine point marker to add nostrils.