How to Make an Alligator Out of Cardboard

By Tatyana Ivanov
Use a cardboard egg carton to make the head of the alligator.

Alligators don't have to be as scary as they may seem. These predatory reptiles have undergone few evolutionary changes since the Cretaceous period. They are also a common character in children's books and movies. Using cardboard to create an alligator allows you and your child to participate in a fun craft project that can later be used for storytelling, theater and play. Joining the pieces of the alligator with string creates joints that allow you to move the alligator's body around.

Draw the body and four legs of the alligator onto the large, thick, piece of cardboard. Use a reference image to get the shape right. It will look like a long rectangle that is rounded at the edges. Try to draw the body to be proportional to the toilet paper rolls which will form the tail and the egg cartons which will form the head.

Paint both sides of all of the cardboard green before you begin to assemble the alligator. Allow the paint to dry before you begin to attach the pieces.

Place the pieces in a line so that the egg carton head is at one side, followed by the cardboard body, then the three toilet paper rolls for the tail. Arranging the pieces before assembly will the make the process faster and easier.

Poke holes using a pen or scissors into each of the sides of cardboard pieces that make the head and shoulders of the alligator. Thread string through one hole in the head, then through the corresponding hole on the shoulders. Tie a knot to secure the head in place. Repeat this process with the holes on the other side of the head and shoulders.

Poke holes in the top and bottom of the two toilet paper rolls closest to the body of the alligator. Poke one hole in the remaining toilet paper roll and one hole in the center of the body of the alligator.

Thread a piece of string through the top hole of the toilet paper roll that is closest to the body of the alligator, then thread that through the hole in the alligator's body. Secure this with a knot. Connect the rest of the toilet paper rolls in the same way.

Place each of the alligator's feet slightly underneath the body of the alligator and glue it in place.

Draw the details of the alligator, including the jaws, eyes, nose and scales using white paint and a black marker.

About the Author

Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.