Make your own animals out of cardboard

Did you know there's practically a whole zoo hiding in your recycling bin? Teacher and visual artist Wyly Astley from Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art shows you how to bring out the animals in this video.

Wyly uses two basic shapes to create these animals: a sort of rainbow arch for the legs and a bean-like shape for the body. You'll start by drawing and cutting out the shapes you need for your animal on paper first. That way you'll have a stencil to work from once you're ready to cut out your cardboard shapes. Next, Wyly explains how to fit your shapes together so that your animal will stand up nice and tall on its legs.

In this tutorial, Wyly shows off a zebra, a giraffe, and an elephant that she made, and then she creates a lion right before your eyes. All of these animals turn out so cool—but you can use this idea to make any four-legged animal you want. Hmm… that's a lot of animals. What others can you think of?

What you'll need:

  • A cardboard box or two
  • Plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or marker for tracing
  • Glue
  • Paints and a paintbrush

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.