This is the the yogurt crab 'Gurt.' I had previously posted a slideshow of him, except this time he won't be made of a yogurt cup. This crab will be made out of a cottage cheese container. I guess we'll call him 'Curdis.' You can make yours out of any plastic container you want to. It makes a nice little desk ornament, doubles as a storage compartment, but best of all, we're recycling.

Alright, let's get to the 'ible!

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Step 1: Gather your Materials

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All you'll need is a pair of scissors and a plastic container of choice. Some assembly required.

Step 2: Start with your container

Get your container (make sure it's empty) and cut part of the "back" out, like in the picture.

Step 3: Cutting the legs

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Cut five even slits like in the picture. Be sure to leave enough room for the head and claws. Bend down two of the legs we just cut out (see picture 4) and cut off the ones still sticking up. Save the scraps that you cut off. They will be needed for step 7.

Step 4: Making the head

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Cut the remainder of the cup's side into thirds. Then cut the middle third about halfway down (third picture), and cut that into thirds also. Then cut the plastic between the eye stalks out (fourth picture). Now moving on to the claws.

Step 6: Bend down the legs

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Bend them about halfway down, like in the picture. If you want his belly to drag the ground, you can simply leave his legs at the same level as the rest of his body, if not, just bend them down a little farther.
If you want a crab without a shell, you can leave him like he is. Continue on to learn how to make the shell.

canida4 years ago
(But Curdis?  Really?)
nickodemus (author)  canida4 years ago
I didn't think anybody would catch the pun ,but in case you hadn't already guessed, it's Curdis as in small curd cottage cheese. I didn't like the name as much as Gurt, but it seemed to fit the little guy just right. Thanks.
wocket4 years ago
thats a great idea. perfect for a kids arty activity