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How to make a Felt Iguana

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We made an Iguana for the Letter Ii!  We are so excited share him with you as we continue making our ABC Felt Animals.  This has been a learning process, but I continue on (now 15 down and 11 to go) because my son gets so excited about his little guys and they have helped reinforce our beginning sounds so much!!

Both my son and daughter love these animals, and though they take some time and effort, it has been well worth it to see the phonemic awareness that these felt creations are helping my children learn and create and imagine.  Our iguana is pretty friendly — looking back I may have wanted to make his mouth open — I am not an expert, but the children love them and that is all that matters….. I hope you enjoy learning how to make a felt iguana!!

Here is our iguana inspiration!!


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All you need to make a Felt Iguana is:

  • felt: green, light and dark brown (or you can use paper!)
  • cotton balls
  • hot glue gun (or Elmer’s if you’re just using colored paper)
  • amazing Fiskar scissors (if you’re going to work with felt at all, you have to check these scissors out!)

** This craft uses a hot glue gun — please keep out of the reach of children — these are for adult use only!!**

We cut out the body template twice, and then the spikes for the back and the mouth and eyes.

DSC07291 I eyeballed the spikes, simply cutting vertical lines down on the light brown felt before cutting again vertically.DSC07292I glued on his spikes and the cotton balls onto one of the body templates, followed by the second body.  Again, if I did him over, I think I would have kept his mouth open and perhaps added more spikes (teeth) for his open mouth.  I don’t think his mouth looks quite right, but I’ll live and learn and call it a day — that tail was a difficult thing to trace and cut!!DSC07295 Here is a shot of the cotton balls inside.  I always try to put in more than I think I’ll need.  This give the animals a more 3-dimensional feel.DSC07294 There he is, our friendly iguana :)  A stark difference from the picture above, eh?!DSC07296 Buzz Lightyear holding his iguana.  He has a new favorite animal every time I make one — it’s adorable.  I always let him choose between two animals and he chose an iguana over an insect or ibis.DSC07301

I made a template and a coloring page for you to make your own felt iguana!  


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Download your free iguana printable pages here. 

Book Extension

There are many wonderful fiction books about iguanas, here are a couple non-fiction, and a hilarious children’s picture book too!!

Other Posts in the ABC Felt Animals Series:

A is for Alligator

B is for Bumblebee

C is for Crab

D is for Dolphin

E is for Elephant

F is for Flamingo

G is for Gorilla

H is for Horse

T is for Turtle

U is for Umbrella Bird

V is for Viper

W is for Whale

Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra


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