As a centerpiece and photo opportunity, I decided to make a paper mâché alligator for the 5th Annual Pumpkin Ball this year. I made the core from brown craft paper, shaped and bound with cotton cord. This was then wrapped liberally in cheap paper, using a solution of water and school glue as an adhesive. I primed it with black acrylic paint before spray-painting the color (Krylon-Hunter Green-Satin.) Eyes and teeth were added last with acrylic paint.