Crafting a Colorful Rainbow Chameleon
Welcome warm weather by crafting this bright colorful chameleon craft! Using a few recycled materials and some of our favorite paints to create a critter with a funky personality. Read below to learn how to make your own. You can begin by downloading the Chameleon Printable template with 2 cute chameleons to choose from!
- Lil’ Poster Paint Pods – Glitter & Neon
- Dot-a-Lot Craft Paint set (Neon or Pearlescent)
- Perfectly Permanent Markers (black)
- White acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun (*ask an adult for help when using a glue gun!)
- Pipe cleaners
- One recycled bottle cap (or other round object!)
- One googly eye
- Chameleon template
Print your chameleon template. Choose the size chameleon you want to make and cut out that shape. Trace the shape onto your cardboard.
Using white acrylic paint, paint the chameleon shape white. Taking this step to paint the cardboard white first will make your colors much brighter!
Once the paint has dried, use scissors to cut out the chameleon shape.
Use your glitter and neon Poster Paint Pods to paint your chameleon! You can choose to paint with any colors and in any pattern you like. We chose to paint ours with stripes! We alternated one glitter and one neon color in a rainbow pattern. Be creative and paint with the colors and patterns YOU love! We painted two coats of each color – allow the paint to dry completely before adding the second coat of paint.
Once your paint is dry, use your Perfectly Permanent markers to outline the chameleon and add details. Use the template as a guide for where to draw on the legs and mouth.
Next use the Dot-a-Lot paints to add some spotted details around the edges of your chameleon. We used four different colors of the craft paint and made dots in groups around the edges of the body. You can make as many dots as you like!
Bend your pipe cleaners back and forth to make a zig zag. We bent ours every ½ inch. Use your hot glue gun to glue the zig zag pipe cleaners along the edge of the chameleon’s back.
Glue a plastic bottle cap or other round object into the place where the eye should be. We used half of a plastic Easter egg. Glue your googly eye on top of the bottle cap. If you want, glue some pipe cleaners around the eye.
Want a simpler way to color in your own chameleon? You can print the templates on thick cardstock paper and use your paints, crayons, markers, colored pens or colored pencils to color directly onto the printed template!