It’s summertime, well, not officially, but close enough, right? The heat of the coming months makes this the season for reptiles. While we have plenty of snakes to contend with we don’t have alligators in Missouri. As long as you don’t count this alligator collage we made using the Alligator Totem Poppet.
To celebrate the start of summer the 3-year-old and I made this super simple collage to house our scary alligator. Here’s how you can make one of your own!
When you’re crafting with younger ones, you’ve got to have everything ready to go. So be sure to set out all your supplies so when one portion of the project loses it’s appeal you can move on to the next step without much fuss.
First, we started our river scene by glueing ripped brown and beige pieces to the sides a blue sheet of scrapbooking paper.
From there we added little scraps, here and there to break up the starkness of the page. Truth be told, I’d hoped for this to be more like a mosaic, but, the toddler had other plans.
Using this stylus (by Colorbox®) made it easy for my little artist to use ink to color in our alligator using a couple different shades of green, gold, and brown.
For the next two steps I was on my own. I used the accent ink to add spots, bumps, dots, whatever you want to call them to our gator.
Once everything dried I used the mini brads to put the reptile together. As you can see in the picture, I like to lay it out how it’ll go and use the picture that comes with it as a guide.
Now, we used a tiny bit of double-sided tape to place our alligator on the paper river, but you could always glue it down. It depends on if you want to move it and play with it. My kids always want to play with them first.
So, what are you’re plans for the summer? Do you live in alligator country?
- Alligator Totem Poppet
- Green Mini Brads
- Scrapbooking Paper (greens, blues, and browns)
- Green Ink (at least 2 different shades)
- Accent Ink (we used Smooch® in Green Apple)
- Stylus Handle (by Colorbox®)