Duckbilled Platypus

Getting Started

Always use your imagination and be creative when building these kids crafts or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!

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1 Find these or similar supplies!

• Water bottle
• 4 plastic forks
• Old box or some cardboard
• Tape for customizing
• Colored pens or paint

21. Tape up your water bottle!

Start out by giving your water bottle a base of masking tape. I wrapped it a few times so you can't see through the tape.

2. Add the bill!

A Duckbilled Platypus has to have a bill! Next I cut out my Platypus's bill. This took me a few tries before I got the look I liked. You will need to do this twice, once for the top bill and once for the bottom. Try to make sure they match in size. Now tape them onto and around the mouth of your bottle. I added a few more layers of tape to get my bill to blend in with the body.

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3. Add the tail!

Like the Platypus's bill, this took me a few tries before I settled on a tail. Cut out one you like. After I taped it on, I made a few more adjustments to it. You could make it bigger, attach it to your water bottle, and then trim it in place.

4. Add the feet!

For my Duck-bill's feet, I ended up liking the way a simple plastic fork looks. All you need to do is cut most of the handle off of each fork and tape them in place. This is one of those parts of a project where you could use almost anything. How about plastic spoons or Popsicle sticks?

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5. Add tape!

After installing all the pieces of your Duck-bill Platypus, you can dress it up. There is no limit to what you can do, so be creative and try using different supplies and techniques. I added a few more layers of tape, carefully blending the different pieces together.

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76.Tape the tail!

Next, I covered the bill with tape, making sure to have as few seams and overlaps as possible. For the body and tail I was tempted to try to make some fake fur, but after some experimenting I liked the ripped tape look. This took some time so here's what I did: tear off a small piece of masking tape from a stip of tape and stick it on. Then repeat this over and over making sure to only have the torn edges showing. On some pieces I ended up carefully tearing all of the edges. Its very time consuming!

7. Details, Details!

Your Platypus needs eyes to see, and you you'll want to make some eyebrows and eyes. I twisted some pieces of tape, trimmed them, shaped them and placed them on both sides of my Platypus's head. Then I carefully covered them with torn pieces of tape. Eyes are easy to make... cut out two small circles and stick them under your eyebrows.

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8. Color your Platypus!

I used permanent markers to color my platypus. They're great for coloring masking tape. Use whatever you have (crayons, pens, paint, etc.), and have fun!

VOILÀ! — a very happy Duck-billed Platypus!

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