How to Make an Alligator Head

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Paper mache can be used to create many different types of crafts. If you are teaching students about alligators or crocodiles, you can supplement your lesson by helping them make an alligator head out of paper mache. You can use the alligator head as a science display, or to hang on the wall as an artistic work. To successfully make an alligator's head, it is important to follow a few guidelines.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 small balloons
  • 1 large balloon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cup water
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Pin
  • Duct tape
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Blow up three balloons; one large balloon and two small balloons. Knot the ends.

  • Set the balloons aside.

  • Pour the flour and water into a pot.

  • Heat the flour mixture until it bubbles, then remove it from the stove.

  • Allow the mixture to cool completely.

  • Cut newspaper into strips that measure around two inches wide by six inches long.

  • Tape the smaller balloons together at their widest sides.

  • Tape the larger balloon to the other side of one of the smaller balloons.

  • Dip the newspaper strips into the flour mixture.

  • Cover the balloon structure with four to six layers of paper mache strips.

  • Allow the paper mache to dry completely. This can take around three hours.

  • Pop the balloons with a pin.

  • Paint the outside of the structure with green and brown tempera paint.

  • Allow the paint to dry completely.

  • Paint details onto the alligator head, such as eyes, nostrils and wrinkles.

  • Allow the alligator head to dry completely before displaying it.

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  • Photo Credit alligator image by Andrii IURLOV from Fotolia.com
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