|A great idea for a novelty birthday card. Mind those fingers!|
You will need:
|Take some thin coloured card and draw a cartoon creature on it.|
It needs to have a big snappy jaw like the crocodile here. When you draw the top jaw, make sure that it sticks out more than the bottom jaw.
|Cut it out.|
|Cut the top bit of the jaw off, where the teeth are.|
|Overlap the top jaw bit with the body where you want the hinge to be.|
If you look, the jaws are now the same length.
|Carefully pop a pencil through the card where you want the hinge to be.|
Put some sticky tack underneath to make the creation of the hole easier.
|Take a split-pin (paper fastener), push it through the hole, and open it out...|
|...so that when you test it, the mouth opens and closes.|
|Add glue on the back of his body and his lower jaw.|
Donít put any glue on the top jaw, otherwise it wonít open.
|Take a piece of card folded into a greetings card shape, and stick your crocodile onto the card.|
You can draw on other bits of detail in the background to decorate the card.
|When youíve finished, youíll have something that looks like this.|
You can see here that the crocodileís teeth have been painted white, and that plants, clouds and stones have been added around it.
|Finally, itís just a case of opening the mouth, and writing in your birthday message - "Snappy Birthday." And there you have a snappy birthday card. Think about other designs, like a pumpkin for Happy Halloween, or maybe a person lying ill in bed whose mouth opens to reveal "Get Well Soon."|
Try it yourself!