© by Leanne Guenther
This is a fun and simple color, cut and paste paper craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to give it a three dimensional effect.
Medusa was once a beautiful woman who bragged that she was even lovelier than Athena. To punish her for her vanity, Athena turned her into an ugly gorgon with hair of snakes. Anyone who looked at Medusa would instantly turn to stone.
Medusa was beheaded by the Greek hero Perseus, with the help of many gifts from the nymphs, when he was trying to save his mother Danae from having to marry the cruel King Polydectes. Perseus used Medusa's severed head to turn King Polydectes to stone. (the generic mermaid, king and queen crafts in the can be used to represent a nymph, Polydectes and Danae if you would like all the characters).
After Medusa was beheaded, the winged horse Pegasus was born magically from the earth where her blood had touched it.
Also see: The Story of Medusa and Athena