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Humongous Recycled Hippo

You can make this adorable Hippo in the simple version or the more finished complex version depending on the ability of kids involved.


Plastic Container
Masking tape
Cork (four pieces) or used toilet paper tubes
Some old cardboard or construction paper
Markers or pens for customizing


The first step to making this awesome hippo is trimming the cork legs. You will need to cut the corks at an angle so that the legs will fit on the side of your container. Depending on the shape of your container you may not need to do this.

The next step is drawing out all of your parts. You will need a pair of eyes, nostrils, ears, and two big hippo teeth. Don’t forget the tail! Cut these out when you have some designs you like.

Now you can tape on your eyes, ears, teeth and tail. Try holding up the features to get everything the way you like it.

The simple version is complete! This cute hippo is easy and fun to make. From here you can decorate your hippo however you’d like.

Now for the fancy version! We started out covering everything in a base layer of masking tape. This adds lots of texture to the project.

Next we then covered all the body parts in tape, making them easier to color on later.

After covering everything with tape we put on the legs and face just like the simple version.

The final step is the most fun... Decorating! We decided to make our hippo have a nice muddy complexion, but you can color your hippo any way you like. Voila! Hogan the Humongous Hippo!

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