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    I'd SNAP at the chance to be your Valentine!

    Posted by  ·  February 6, 2008

    Here is a free Valentine download for you if you dare (lots of cutting, folding, gluing….)


    First download and print out an alligator and inside of mouth


    Cut out pieces


    Lightly score lines on pillow box and gently fold


    Put glue on side flap of pillow box and fold together, leaving the ends open. Allow to dry a few minutes before folding in the ends of the box.


    Score about 1/2 inch from the end of the upper mouth piece so it can open and close (see final picture). Fold in ends on box and begin gluing on upper and lower mouth and the tail.Use lots of glue stick! Use a rubber band to secure pieces while they are drying.


    Fold edge of each leg and glue to sides of box


    Add some googly eyes and fill box with candy


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    1. CJ
      Sunday, February 8th, 2015
      Thank you so much for the wonderful alligator pattern! Our grandchildren live out west and we, the grandparents, live in the south. My husband is always teasing them about alligators, so it was really fun to make this valentine for our 4 grandchildren ages 1-4. Your photos and instructions were great and I so appreciate you sharing them online.
    2. Renee McClintock
      Sunday, January 25th, 2015
      Just wanted to say that my four year old daughter chose these this year for her classmates! She is beyond excited and I think they will be fun to make! Thank you for providing the option to create with or without the hearts! I can't wait to post them once they are made!!
    3. Friday, February 14th, 2014
      Thank you for an awesome template! I enjoyed making these alligators :D
    4. Mary
      Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
      These are slightly tedious to make but very cute. To address the comment above, these are not mean to hold candy, simply used as a card.
      • Thursday, February 14th, 2013
        We put candy in ours.
    5. Barbara Helen
      Friday, February 8th, 2013
      It is unclear from the directions if either of the 'ends' is to be glued shut....if not, won't the candy come falling out both ends?
    6. Belinda Salcido
      Saturday, December 29th, 2012
      Thank you so much for sharing this download. It is adorable.
    7. Ronda Briley
      Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
      Thanks so much for sharing, I made these for my grandson's second grade class. I used pinking shears to cut the saying, to make it look like sharp teeth. All the children loved their Valentine's and my grandson was so proud as he helped make them.
    8. JBFrogie
      Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
      I cannot download the attachment cause I have a iMac BS
    9. Rachael
      Monday, February 13th, 2012
      Does not work, and I do not really like it.
    10. Amy Votaw
      Sunday, February 12th, 2012
      Our town mascot for all the schools from elementary to high school is Gators...I am so glad that I found this so that my daughter and I can make these to give to her friends on Valentine's day. We are making them today and tomorrow so she can pass them out on tuesday. I love this!!!
    11. C's Mom
      Saturday, February 11th, 2012
      I am so happy I found this...going to use for my son's friends and my class (I'm a teacher) kids to make too!!!!!
    12. Sam
      Thursday, February 9th, 2012
      These are the cutest things ever!
      Thanks for the download!
    13. Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
      I just loved the alligator valentine-I made them for church! I'm sure they will be a hit.Thank you for free downloads.
    14. Patty
      Sunday, February 5th, 2012
      I love these! I'll start making them tonight for my first graders. Thanks for sharing!
    15. Jessica
      Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
      So cute! My dd's school mascot is the Gator. And wouldn't you know it my computer just died so no way to print these guys out. Still very adorable!
    16. Thursday, January 19th, 2012
      This is adorable! Thanks so much. I can't wait to try it.
    17. Thursday, January 19th, 2012
      I LOVE this project! In fact, I love it so much that I included it in my roundup of great handmade Valentine cards! Check it out here:
    18. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
      This little alligator is so, so cute! Thanks for the template! I'll be featuring it today.
    19. Lindsey
      Sunday, January 15th, 2012
      This is so cute. I wanted to make something adorable for my first kindergarten class. I have a wild animal theme this year, and these go well without being over the top. I am putting crunch bars inside. :) I am glad I started a month early. Great idea! Thanks!
    20. Monday, February 21st, 2011
      Can anyone help me find the facebook like button in this post?
    21. Heidi
      Monday, February 14th, 2011
      This is SO cute! I wish I had found it sooner instead of on Valentines Day! Adorable! TFS.
    22. Jessica
      Monday, February 14th, 2011
      I loved this! I glued back and kept the mouth open so the candy wouldn't slip out. it was rather small, but perfect for some m&m's! You could add a gift card inside or dazzle it up more!!!!
    23. Saturday, February 12th, 2011
      So cute!!! I made a .svg of your file so I could cut on my cricut and would like to share with others (for free of course!). I would very much like to put it up on my blog for others to use as Valentine's is coming up. I don't know if you check your comments, but if you do, could you let me know if that is okay? I will link here of course and give you credit. :) Thanks for the super cute file and idea!
    24. Gen
      Monday, February 7th, 2011
      Thanks for the very cute valentine! I bookmarked this last year thinking, "when I have more time." What I should have said was "when I get a Silhouette to take care of the cutting, etc." I used your pdf file to make a studio file for an easy print/cut project. Thank you! (I'm happy to send you the files if you would like to make them available to others.)
    25. Jill
      Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      So very cute. Thanks so much.
    26. Barbara
      Monday, January 10th, 2011
      Squeal!!! My son is a graduate of the GATOR NATION! The University of Florida! He's going to L O V E this! Thank you so much!
      It is so adorable I'm going to squeal for a week!
    27. Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
      Thanks for this project and the PDF download. I made one and posted it here:
    28. Monday, February 15th, 2010
      My daughter and I made a handful of these for our extra-special valentines and they turned out beautifully! Such a great idea, a perfect valentines for the boys on our list. Thank you for sharing!
    29. Sunday, February 7th, 2010
      These valentines turned out really cute. I am linking up at which is all about great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing this!
    30. erin p.
      Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
      this is adorable! i'm going to make these "with" with 2.5 year old- i'll see how long he lasts... i'll probably do the plain ones and have him decorate with heart stickers, then we will hand them out to his little friends, grandma & grandpa, and auntie!

      thanks so much for all the great ideas!
    31. Thursday, January 21st, 2010
      This guy is adorable. We'll be making some this year for relatives and friends. Thanks for your generosity in sharing this design!
    32. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      Hi. I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog. I love it so much that I told my friends to check it out. Thanks so much for your great ideas and free printables. I hope you will take a look at mine as well.
    33. Michelle Brown
      Monday, August 3rd, 2009
      These are so great! My school's mascot is an alligator, so I know what I'll be making my students for Valentines Day next year! Thanks for the great project!
    34. Kelly
      Thursday, February 12th, 2009
      I have made these for all the kiddos at daycare! I can't wait to take them to them!
    35. Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
      LOVE IT! Perfect for my boys'!
    36. Sunday, February 1st, 2009
      I just made these and they are so cute! My husband went to the craft store with after I dragged him there and he spotted this cute faux-croc skin paper...I had to get it. Check out my blog to see the finished product with the croc skin...they are ridiculous (in a good way!).

      Thanks for sharing!
    37. Minta
      Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
      I Love these, going to make some for my son to give away as valentines especially since his school mascott is an alligator. too cool, Thanks for the idea!
    38. Linda
      Monday, January 26th, 2009
      I LOOOOOVVVVEEEE your website. I am addicted to all your Valentine card ideas. My daughter loves doing crafts and is going to love making her own Valentine cards to pass out. She will love this I know it. Thank you in advance for helping me create a special moment with my daughter.
    39. Elena Edgmon
      Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
      I just retired from teaching at Ila Elementary in Ila, Georgia. The school mascot was an Ila Gator. I've forwarded this to teachers there as a Valentine idea.
    40. Dar
      Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
      I think this is really neat. My son is 5 years old and his school mascot is the gators. I was thinking that would be something he can do. Thanks for the great idea.
    41. Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
      This is so cute! Of course, it is well after Valentine's and I'm just now seeing it. But my crocodile/alligator-obsessed daughter would love making these any time. I'll have to download it. Thanks!
    42. Friday, February 15th, 2008
      These are so cute - thanks for the pattern!
      I made one for each of my boys and filled them with m & m's.
      (I have a pic on my blog at
    43. peskycat
      Thursday, February 14th, 2008
      AHHHH soo sweet - i made 4 and placed them round the house for my hubbie to find!!!! Each one contained a Green and Black's mini bar and a red heart with a love IOU on. He loved them!
    44. Thursday, February 7th, 2008
      Wow. Just. wow. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing!
    45. Thursday, February 7th, 2008
      All my Grandchildren live on the East Coast, so I usually only mail small & flat . But this is so cute!!!
    46. Jenny
      Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
      Too cute! What a great idea as always!! Happy Valentines!
    47. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
      Cindy- you are amazing. That's the cutest thing ever!
    48. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
      As always your creativity is amazing.
    49. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
      you're right. i love it! what a great snow day project!