How to Make Paper Shark Jaws

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How to Make Paper Shark Jaws
Create your own set of paper shark jaws. (shark jaw in the hand image by Vladimir Melnik from

Crafts are wonderful activities through which you can transform creativity and fun into learning. Teach your children about sharks while they meticulously prepare their own set of shark jaws from paper. It doesn't matter whether you use large construction paper or small origami paper; having your student or child create paper shark jaws will get him interested in the sea creatures' way of life. A great white shark's jaw contains a lot of teeth, so get your scissors ready.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Construction paper
  • Reference picture
  • Scissors
  • Thumbtack
  • Putty

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut a piece of construction paper to 1 foot long and 3 inches wide. Measure and mark 2 light pencil lines, one that is 1 inch below the bottom of the paper strip and one that is 1/2 inch from the top. Measure and mark the centre of the paper.

  2. 2

    Create the jaw structure. Use a reference picture to draw the curved bone structure of the shark's upper jaw. Because the jaws will be bent in the last step, create the bone curves by tracing 2 1/2 inch by 2 inch bulges, symmetrically spaced. Use the reference line you drew in the previous step to help. Cut out the top edge of the jaw.

  3. 3

    Mark out where you will put the teeth. Make 19 evenly spaced markings on the strip. They should span between the 1 inch line and the bottom edge of the paper strip. The great white shark's jaws can contain up to 300 teeth. Each jaw has several rows of teeth, each of which generally has 20 to 25 teeth.

  4. 4

    Cut out the teeth. Use the scissors to cut out a triangular tooth within each of the 19 markings (the 19 markings will create 20 teeth).

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 1 through 4 to create the shark's bottom jaw. Invert the layout for the upper jaw to create the lower jaw.

  6. 6

    Create additional rows of teeth. Measure and cut a strip of paper 9 inches long by 2 inches wide. Measure and mark a light line in the centre of the paper strip. Measure and make 19 evenly spaced markings for the shark's teeth. Use scissors to cut out a triangular tooth within each marking.

  7. 7

    Repeat step 6 seven times to create enough layers to give each shark jaw five layers of teeth.

  8. 8

    Layer the shark teeth. Lay the top and bottom shark jaws on the table top so that they are mirrored images of each other. Place a thin bead of glue onto the gum of each shark jaw. Lay down a paper layer of 20 teeth onto each shark jaw. Place a thin bead of glue onto the paper layer of teeth and add an additional layer of teeth onto each jaw. Repeat until each jaw has four additional layers of teeth. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  9. 9

    Line up the jaws so that they meet at the jaw hinge. Press a thumb tack through each side of jaw, so that the upper and lower jaws are connected. Place a small ball of putty into the sharp ends of the thumbtack.

  10. 10

    Bend the shark jaw to give it an accurate shape, using your reference picture as a guide.

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