Hans the Bavarian Crocodile

Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010

Who would have believed it eh. This quirky little fellow has been emerging from our throw-away-but-keep cylinder (see more about that here) for the last two weeks and he can finally grin without falling over as, at last, we’ve found him some feet. And scales … of sorts. I gave up trying to take pictures in stages, as each phase seemed to require 3 pairs of hands as it was, so there were definitely none to spare for handling technology – this is recycling at its most precarious don’t you know! … old Hans was not the easiest of creatures we ever made, but almost definitely the most fulfilling now he’s finally finished … and the best part about it? He cost us about one euro to make, if that. Oh and about 6 hours!!

So if you fancy having a go, you will need:

An egg-box (one of the deep ones with the really tall cone separators) for the head

1 kitchen-roll tube for the body

1 toilet roll tube for the tail

1 A4 ish sheet of coloured card to make the end of the tail, to cover the body and to detail the feet

2 pumpkin seeds for the eyes

4-5 peanut shells carefully prised open longways (tricky!) for the teeth

2 little bits of black card to stick on the eyes (we cut up an empty packet of  something)

Something fairly sturdy for the feet (we used the clips from a broken trousers hanger)

Some strong paper glue and we also used some flash-bonding glue for areas which resisted being stuck!

A large handful of sycamore helicopters!


Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010

Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010


Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010


Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010


I think you will find the method fairly obvious from the photos, but if you want the nitty gritty low-down, drop me a comment and I’ll flesh out the detail for you.

Good luck! It’s fiddly, but fun. My LittleOne had a ball being my extra pair of hands – holding bits together here and sticking bits on there, especially the eyes and the ‘scales’ at the end!




Copyright Metajugglamum, 1st November, 2010


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2 Responses to Hans the Bavarian Crocodile

  1. Aaaah, what a cutie. Love that he has the most enormous grin! As well as all the “unusual” materials yous (sycamore helicopters? Brilliant!!)

    Clever lady, once again!


  2. Pippy says:

    Wicked! I will be copying this, Invisible Dragon needs a play thing.

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