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By Andrea Rothenberg


Main supplies:

  • Ball® quart Mason jar
  • Activa® Celluclay® Instant Papier-Mâché
  • Delta Ceramcoat® acrylic paint - Lt Foliage Green, Forest Green, White
  • Beacon™ Kids Choice Glue™
  • 2 ¾” Styrofoam® egg and four 2”Styrofoam® balls
Optional supplies:

  • Pacon® Foam sheet – red
  • Basics supplies:

  • Black marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Sea sponge
  • Plastic bag large enough to mix papier-mâché in


1. Lay the jar on its side with the lid screwed on in place. Glue the 4 Styrofoam balls to the bottom (side) of the jar for feet. Press the wider end of the Styrofoam egg onto the table to flatten it slightly. Glue the flat end onto the lid of the jar for the face. Allow to dry.
2. Follow the directions on the package to mix the instant papier-mâché in the plastic bag. Take the papier-mâché and completely cover the jar and the lid, shaping it around the Styrofoam for legs and the egg face. Make sure to stop at the end of the jar by the lid and begin again on the lid to make the face. That way when dry the lid can still be screwed on and off. Smooth out the papier-mâché, wetting your fingers if necessary. Make 2 papier-mâché balls about 1”. Press them onto the top of the head along the edge of the lid for eyes. Flatten the front of each a bit. Make 2 nostrils with a pencil. Roll out a piece of papier-mâché about 6” long for a tail. Press and smooth it onto the back end. Take small pieces of papier-mâché and make them into pointed triangles for the spikes. Add them along the tail and on the back as desired. Allow your lizard to dry completely.
3. Paint the lizard Forest Green. Let dry, completely.
4. Squirt out some Lt. Green paint onto a scrap paper or small paper plate. Dab the sea sponge into the paint and pounce it up and down on the paper to remove most of the paint. Pounce the sponge onto the lizard body to add the lighter green scaly look all over. Paint the eyes light green. Allow to dry.
5. Paint the front of the eyes white. Allow to dry. Use the black marker to add details to your lizard, mouth, eyeballs, and scallops on the feet for web toes.

1. Cut a long strip of red foam for a tongue and glue to the front of the mouth.


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