Friday, February 6, 2015

Crocodile (or Alligator) Valentines and Box

 My daughter loves animals, especially green ones.  This year she wanted to make an alligator Crocodile Valentine's Day mailbox, which I kept accidentally calling an alligator.  She thought it was hilarious.  Obviously this is a crocodile, not an alligator, right?
 Basically it's just a shoe box.  We cut out the mouth, eyes, and tail from another box and taped them on before spray painting the whole thing light green.  Then I gave my daughter a piece of bubble wrap and three colors of green craft paint and she stamped the scales on the alligator.  She just brushed the paint onto the bubble wrap with a foam brush and pressed it onto the box.  She added some wiggle line "spikies" with the foam brush after it was all stamped.

We forgot to put feet on before spraying it, and she didn't buy my explanation that it's because it's swimming and you can't see the feet, so she put on little green foam feet afterward.

The tongue (you can't really see it in the pics) is shaped like a heart and cut out of pink craft foam.  The teeth are also craft foam hot glued on.  She cut out her name from the same pink craft foam.

The valentine "card" she is passing out in class are these little clothespin baby alligators crocodiles.
 I gave her the same green paints and a foam brush and she painted all 20 clothespins various shades of green.  I cut out the spikes with pinking shears and craft foam.  I hotglued those and the eyes on.

 Each crocodile is biting a Smarties® candy wrapped with a piece of paper that says, 
"Have a Snappy Valentine's Day!" 
 Alternatively you could do, 
"I'd snap at the chance to be your Valentine!"

1 comment:

  1. Crocodile or Alligator: Here is an applicable poem by Ogden Nash, entitled The Purest:
    I give you now Professor Twist, a conscientious scientist.
    Trustees exclaimed, "He never bungles," and sent him off to distant jungles.
    Camped on a tropic river side, one day he missed his loving bride.
    She had, a guide informed him later, been eaten by an alligator. (scroll down one line to see the end)
    Professor Twist could not but smile. You mean, he said, a crocodile.