11.2_Creature Mixture. The instructions

23 Mar

Hello again! as promised, the instructions to make Creature Mixture

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

To make 3 creatures (9 different combinations) you´ll need:

_6 cardboard rolls

_ a small piece of cardboard (maybe a recycled cereal box)


_cutter or exacto knife


_all purpose white glue


_pen/thin black marker

_colour markers.

This toy has lot´s of steps but the truth is the Creature Mixtures are not thaaaaat hard to make. Here we go:

1. Using a ruler, find the centre of one of the cardboard rolls and make a little mark. Move your ruller about 2 cm and mark the centre again. Keep doing this until you have  marks all around; it should look like a dotted line around the middle of the roll.

2. Join all the marks using a pen and a ruler. Now you have a continuous line all around the roll.

3. PARENTS SHOULD DO THIS STEP: use the cutter or knife to cut the roll over the line you just traced.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 with 2 rolls, this time measuring different distances from the top to make the marks. I marked at 3cm from the top on one roll and 7 cm on the other. Keep the 2 parts of each roll together.


© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

We need to add a tab to one half of each roll so that we can join them back again or combine the rolls with each other.

5. Using a ruler, draw a line  from the top to the bottom of a roll. Try to make it really vertical.

6. Draw a second line about 3 mm from the first one. Both lines should be parallel.

7. Using your scissors, cut the roll over one of the lines. Then cut the over the other line.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

8. Measure 1.5 mm from the top of the roll you just cut and make a small mark. I’LL CALL THIS THE INNER ROLL.

9. Pick the top half of one of the outer rolls and put the newly-cut inside. Align the end of both rolls; the one inside will be longer. Draw a line, on the inner roll, where the outer roll ends.

10. Now slide the inner roll up, until the 1.5mm mark aligns with the top end of the outer roll. Draw another line, on the inner roll, where the short roll ends. (the bottom end). Check the photos bellow to make this clearer.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

11. Cut the roll along the line you drew at the bottom. It should be easy to use your scissors. Don’t discard the bottom bit.

12. Put some glue to the top part of the roll you just cut. You should leave the bottom bit, between the line and the end, clear.

13. Roll the tube and put it inside the roll you used to mark the lines. Align the top ends of both rolls. You should have a strip 1.5mm long, sticking out.

14. Put some glue to the remaining bit of the inner roll and stick it inside the bottom bit of the outer roll. Make sure the bottom ends are aligned. The outer roll will be longer than the inner roll. That´s OK; this will allow us to close the whole thing back together. Check image below to illustrating these steps.

15. Repeat steps 5-14 with the remaining rolls. When you`ve done this, you should have 3 rolls that can be opened, closed and combined with the others.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

16. We´re going to cap the rolls now. Draw 6 circles on a piece of cardboard, one for each end we need to cap. The rolls aren’t so regular, so I recommend that you the rolls as  templates to draw the circles.

17. Cut the circles out .

18. Put some glue on the surface of the rolls and stick the cardboard circles. If the circles don´t exactly fit, don´t worry, you can always use the scissors to carefully cut any bits that stick out.

Fernanda de Uriarte (c) 2011

19. Let’s draw some creatures now! Grab a pencil and draw the face and any details you like on each roll.

20. When you´re sure, draw on top of the pencil with your pen or thin black marker and add colour with your colour markers.

21. Add some details to the back too.

22. You can add ears or horns or anything you imagine using cardboard. Remember to leave an extra bit that you can fold and put glue on. Stick ’em on the rolls and done, now you’re ready to mix some creatures!!

Fernanda de Uriarte (c) 2011

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

You can make any creature mixture you like! What about some monsters so that you have your own Frankensteins? or some alien creatures from outer space?

As always,use your imagination and have fun…


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