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Crafty Crocodile | Recycled Crafts

Crafty Crocodile

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

Create this cool and crafty crocodile for a fun and creative craft.


  • 16.9-ounce plastic soda bottle
  • Bottle caps
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • White rice
  • White glue and water
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Waxed paper
  • Craft foam in assorted colors
  • Googly eyes


Crafty Crocodile - Step 1

Form the body and legs: With a craft knife and scissors (parents only), cut two 16.9-ounce bottles in half, then trim one of the bottom pieces to 3 inches.

Use the scissors to make cuts around the edge of the longer bottom piece, as shown, then slip it over the other and tape them together for the torso. Trim the bottle tops as shown, then tape them to each end of the torso, giving the crocodile a slight curve.

Crafty Crocodile - Step 3

Hot-glue 4 bottle caps in place for legs, spacing them evenly for balance. Tape a tightly wadded ball of tissue paper in place for each eye, then tape over the open bottle ends as well as any other gaps.

Crafty Crocodile - Step 4

Cover the bottles: Using the technique, cover the crocodile with green tissue paper.

Add the details: Hot-glue on a green craft foam tail, scales, and feet, black craft foam nostrils, white craft foam teeth, and googly eyes backed with semicircles of green craft foam.