3 ways to make a paper snake

3 ways to make a paper snake
3 ways to make a paper snake
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Paper snakes are easy and fun to make. They are great for teaching children about snakes. They are also great decorations for Halloween or for nature lovers. There are several simple and fun ways to make them.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Use a paper plate

Make a Paper Snake Step 1

Step 1. Prepare the materials

You can make a very simple snake with a cardboard plate. It sits flat, but stretches out taking the shape of a corkscrew when suspended. You need:

  • a cardboard plate;
  • acrylic paint or gouache;
  • brushes, paint sponges, etc.;
  • pencil or pen;
  • scissors;
  • felt-tip pens, chalk, or plastic wiggly eyes;
  • red paper or ribbon;
  • white or liquid glue;
  • a string, a thumbtack and a hole punch (optional);
  • rhinestones, sequins, etc. (optional).
Make a Paper Snake Step 2

Step 2. Cut the edge of the plate

Remove its raised edge. Be careful not to remove too large a part, otherwise the disc may not be large enough.

If you don't have a paper plate, trace the outlines of a small plate on a large sheet of card stock. Cut out the circle with scissors and use the resulting disk

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Step 3. Decorate the cardboard

You can paint the snake any way you want. Use a brush, a sponge, or even your fingers. Snakes can come in all kinds of colors and patterns. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

  • Paint the plate a solid color and let the paint dry. Dip a sponge in paint of another color and tap it on absorbent paper to remove the excess. Dab the cardboard disc with the sponge. If you want to add another color, wait for the previous one to dry. You will get an effect reminiscent of scales.
  • Wrap bubble wrap around a rolling pin, positioning the bubbles on the outside and secure it with duct tape. Pour two-color paint onto a palette and gently roll the roller over it before rolling it onto the cardboard plate. You will get a pattern of scales.
  • You can also paint the other side of the plate to make the belly of the snake. Most snakes have light, solid bellies. Wait until the top is dry before painting the underside.
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Step 4. Draw a spiral

Trace it on the back of the disc. The circles that form it should be spaced about 1 cm apart. The spiral doesn't have to be perfect, but try to maintain a uniform width. Round the end of the strip in the center, as it will form the head of the snake.

Draw the spiral on the back of the disc to prevent your lines from showing on the right side

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Step 5. Cut out the shape

Cut the spiral, working from the outside to the inside. Try to follow your line precisely with the scissors so that they are not visible at the end.

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Step 6. Add decorations

After cutting out the spiral, you can paint other designs or glue on decorations to make the snake more interesting. Here are some ideas.

  • Paint wide strips across the spiral crosswise to make a striped snake.
  • Paint crosses or diamonds on the snake to give it an diamond pattern.
  • Glue colorful rhinestones to the cardboard with white or liquid glue. Do not use too much, as the snake will be too heavy.
  • Make patterns or wavy lines on the spiral with white glue. Sprinkle them with glitter. Tap the cardboard to remove the excess and allow the glue to dry.
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Step 7. Make eyes

Position them on the front of the head. Draw them with a felt tip pen or oil chalk or paint them. If you have plastic moving eyes, glue them to the cardboard with white or liquid glue.

The head is the rounded part in the center of the spiral

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Step 8. Make a tongue

Cut a 2 x 5 cm rectangle out of red paper. You can also use a piece of fine red ribbon. Cut a V in one end of the rectangle to represent the snake's forked tongue. Lift his head and stick the tongue underneath.

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Step 9. Hang the snake

If you want to hang it, pierce it. Use a hole punch to make a hole at the end of the tail, between the eyes, or even in the tongue. Pass a string through the hole and tie it in a knot. Tie the other end to a doorknob, stick, or thumbtack embedded in the wall.

Method 2 of 3: Use card stock

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Step 1. Gather the materials

It is easy to make a snake out of card stock rings. The more you use, the longer the snake will be. For this activity, you will need:

  • several sheets of card stock;
  • red paper;
  • scissors;
  • a glue stick, duct tape or a stapler;
  • white or liquid glue;
  • felt-tip pens, chalk, or wiggly cardboard eyes.
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Step 2. Choose the paper

You need at least three sheets. You can choose a single color to make a solid snake or several colors to make a striped snake.

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Step 3. Cut strips

Cut the leaves into strips 4 or 5 cm wide. You need at least sixteen. The more you use, the longer the snake will be.

To save time, you can stack the sheets to cut several strips at the same time

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Step 4. Form a ring

Take one of the card stock strips and curl it to form a circle. Its ends should overlap by 2 or 3 cm. Tie them together with stick glue, duct tape or staples.

  • Do not use white or liquid glue, as it will not dry quickly enough and the snake will come apart before it dries.
  • If you use a stapler, supervise small children who use it.
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Step 5. Add a ring

Slip a strip of paper through the first ring and tie its ends together. Repeat the process until you have used all the strips to form a chain. The snake can be plain or multicolored. Make a regular or random pattern.

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Step 6. Make a tongue

Cut a thin rectangle out of red paper and cut a V-notch in one end. Fold the other end about 1 cm to form a tab. Glue it to the ring at one end of the chain.

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Step 7. Add eyes

Position them just above the tongue. Draw them with a felt tip pen or greasy chalk or glue plastic moving eyes with white or liquid glue.

Method 3 of 3: Use toilet paper rolls

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Step 1. Gather your materials

If you have empty toilet paper rolls lying around, you can make a fun cardboard snake using paint and a string. You need:

  • 3 or 4 empty toilet paper rolls;
  • acrylic paint or gouache;
  • paintbrushes;
  • scissors;
  • string;
  • red paper or ribbon;
  • white or liquid glue;
  • felt-tip pens, chalk, or plastic wiggly eyes;
  • a hole punch.
Make a Paper Snake Step 18

Step 2. Take the rollers

Collect three or four empty toilet paper rolls. If you don't have one, you can use empty paper towels.

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Step 3. Cut out the rolls

Cut them in half with scissors. If you are using absorbent paper rolls, cut them into thirds.

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Step 4. Paint the cylinders

Paint the cut-out rollers and let the paint dry. You can use a single color or several different colors. If you want to add patterns, wait until the background has dried.

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Step 5. Choose the ends

Choose two cylinders to form the head and tail and set them aside. You should not confuse them with the body of the snake.

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Step 6. Drill the cylinders

Make four holes in each cylinder that will be used to make the body. At each end, drill two holes in opposite sides of the cylinder. The top ones should line up with the bottom ones.

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Step 7. Pierce the head and tail

Drill two holes opposite each other in one end of each of the two cylinders you set aside.

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Step 8. Cut some strings

They should be around ten centimeters long. Cut out enough so that you can attach all the cylinders to each other.

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Step 9. Connect the cylinders

Tie them to each other with the strings. Do not over tighten them, as the snake should be able to wave. Leave spaces between all cylinders. Try to hide the knots inside.

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Step 10. Add a language

Cut out a long, thin rectangle from red paper and make a V-notch in one end. You can also use a piece of red ribbon. Glue the end without the notch inside the head, positioning it in the middle of the mouth.

If you want the snake to have its mouth shut, close the end of the cylinder over the tongue and staple the two layers of cardboard together

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Step 11. Make eyes

Draw them on the head with a felt-tip pen or greasy chalk or paint them. If you have plastic moving eyes, glue them to the cardboard with white or liquid glue.

Advice

  • Look at pictures of real snakes online for ideas.
  • When doing this activity, read a book about snakes to learn about them at the same time.

Warnings

  • Handle these snakes quite delicately. The paper is fragile and can tear easily.
  • Don't get these snakes wet.
  • If young children use scissors, supervise them.

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