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Cereal Box Monster Jaws
Family & Kids
> Kids Activities
Use cereal boxes, this time specifically a couple of 17oz boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios. They measure just over 7.5 inches wide and 11.5 inches tall. If you have a box that same size (or bigger) you can use the printable template I’ve designed to make construction really simple.
Opening the cereal box along the top and bottom, then find the seam along one side and open that up as well.
Cut it apart as shown below until you have two pieces that each measure approximately 7.5 x 11.5 inches (a nice pair of scissors works just fine). Each piece is enough for one set of monster jaws, so you can make 2 sets from each cereal box.
Next you’ll want to draw lines lengthwise along your cardboard 1.25 inches apart. Note: most rulers are exactly 1.25 inches wide, making this step super easy. Then just cut along those lines until you have 6 long strips. Fold each strip in half, with the colored side on the inside. Use a glue dot or dab of glue gun at the end to keep the strips from unfolding.
At this point, you’ll have 6 double-weight cardboard strips, and you need to poke 3 holes in each one. printable template at http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cardboard-monsters-template.pdf
Cut out a template, put it on top of a cardboard strip, and poke holes as marked. We placed a mousepad under the cardboard, then used a thumbtack to poke the holes. Once the hole is poked through, wiggle the thumbtack around to enlarge the hole a little.
Now you’ll want to grab your brads and get ready to start putting the cardboard together. I used mini brads I had left over from my scrapbooking days and they worked just fine – they were small enough to fit through the holes really easily. If you use larger brads (from the office supply section), you may need to make larger holes.
Start putting the jaws together following the photos below. The pink dot(s) in each photo show where a brad goes for that step.
Finally, cut teeth from the leftover cereal box scraps and attach them to the ends of your structure using glue dots, glue stick, etc.