Mardi Gras is always a fun holiday to decorate for with all the bright colors of green, yellow and purple. Create this Mardi Gras Gator for your Mardi Gras party this year.
There are two version of the Mardi Gras Gator, one has a hole in the top to add a piece of twine to hang him on the front door.
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This easy to make decoration will be a hit at your Mardi Gras celebration. Use your Cricut and card stock to make the Mardi Gras Gator.
You can even add some bling to his mask to give him a more festive look.
Mardi Gras is a celebration before the start of Lent. It is always celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, either in February or March. The Mardi Gras colors of purple, yellow and green are used throughout the decor for this celebration.
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- Green Cardstock
- Light Green Cardstock
- White Cardstock
- Gold Glitter Cardstock
- Yellow Cardstock
- Black Cardstock
- Purple Cardstock
- Red Cardstock
- Foam Dots
- Foam Strips
- Cricut Maker
- Standard Cutting Mat
- Pick Me Up Stick
Cutting Out the Mardi Gras Gator
Unzip the download file.
Then open up Design Space and start a new project.
Click Upload and find where you saved the unzipped version of the downloaded files for this project.
Then go into the SVG Folder and select the SVG Files
Select all and change it to the size you want to cut out
Then click on the Make It button
The prepare screen will appear
Now if everything looks correct on it, click on the continue button
The next screen will be where you will select the type of card stock you are using. If you do not see the material in your material favorites, click on "browse all materials" to find the weight of cardstock that you are using. For example the green Cardstock I used is medium weight, you will need to select "Medium Weight"..
Once you have Design Space set, you are now ready to prepare your mat. I used a brayer when placing the Cardstock on the mat, this helps in making sure that the paper is adhered to the mat and will help in keeping the paper from ripping or moving when it is being cut.
Assembling the Mardi Gras Gator
Starting with the yellow hat piece
put glue on the back and place it on top of the bottom green layer
next take the purple hat piece
put glue on the back and place it on top of the yellow hat piece on the left side
then take the yellow feather
put glue on the back of it and glue it to the green feather in the middle
then take the purple feather
put glue on the back and glue it to the green feather on the right side
then take the black mask and the feathers and place them on the gator to see where you need to put the feathers
then put foam dots on the top half of the feathers leaving the very bottom with out foam dots
then place the feather underneath the mask on the gator
next take the mask
put foam strips on it from where the feathers end around the bottom to the other side (see video)
next take the eye pieces
glue the red eye piece to the center of the yellow one
then glue the black eye piece to the center of the red one
do the same for the other eye
then put foam dots on the back of the eyes and place them in the middle of eye cut outs on the mask
next take the bottom of the mouth/jaw
put glue on the back of it and glue it on the gator
then take the teeth
put glue on the back of each tooth and glue it the the bottom of the mouth/jaw
next take the mouth white piece
place it on the gator then put the nose
over top of it to make sure you have the mouth in the right place
once you have the white mouth piece in place put glue on the back of it and glue it down on the gator
next put foam strips on the back of the top of the nose and place it on the gator
then take the nostrils
put glue on the back of them and glue them on the nose
next take the wrinkles
put glue on the back of them and place them above the nose between the two ends of the mouth