Cardboard Critters

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Introduction: Cardboard Critters

About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

This instructable will show you how to make fun, easy to make critters...kids should have fun with this!

Step 1: Draw a Lizard Shape

Simply use a piece of corrugated cardboard to draw a body and four legs. Nothing has to be perfect, but strive to make it look reasonable.

Step 2: Cut Shapes Out

I use a bandsaw, just to speeds things up. But all of these parts can be cut out with scissors. I recommend some heavy duty ones as the cardboard is pretty tough. Might be too much for small hands so an adult may need to cut them out.

Step 3: Score Body and Then Paint

I used a bone scorer to to make the "scales". Score several lines the entire length of the body. What you want to do is create depressions that will catch light and make shadows and give the appearance of scales. To paint, I used acrylic craft paint, and used the tip of my finger to spread it around. Have a wet piece of towel or a sponge handy to wipe the paint off....you don't want it to be a solid color.

Step 4: Draw Lines to Simulate Scales

An additional step to make the scales is to use a fine tip marker, black or brown, and draw the scale patterns as shown.

Step 5: Paint Shadows Around Edges

By sideloading a brush with paint, you can give a blended appearance of shadow around the entire body and legs.

Step 6: Bend Cardboard for Rounded Appearance

I don't score the body, but just bend the cardboard into a rounded shape. This will make the lizards look more lifelike.

Step 7: Paint Eyes

To paint the eyes, I used a fine tip brush, used green or yellow paint and allowed that to dry. Then, with that same brush, added a very small highlight of white to each eye.

Step 8: Add Tongue

A very small piece of pink construction paper is cut to make the tongue. Lizards and snakes have forked tongues, so be sure and cut this as well.

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    wow, very nice! cardboard is great!

    Holy ^&*#, I thought these were multipieced, 3D with a paper covering of some kind! These are AMAZING!

    Wow! These are phenomenal! I may definitely have to play with this idea. I mean, who doesn't have cardboard around?! Thank you so much for this 'ible!

    At first, I thought they were wood. Creative!

    i made my lizards first! :P

    Looks really neat on the first photo. This is the kind of things where the details and finish touch does all the difference.

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