Tie Rattle Snake Buddy from V & Co.

    Posted by  ·  June 18, 2010

    The talented Vanessa of V& Co. shows us how to make a neat snake out of a tie — too cool!

    Vanessa writes…..

    lets face it summer can be a loooong period of time if we don’t keep the kids entertained. am i right? so here’s a super easy craft you can do with any age of child.

    supplies for tie rattle snake:

    *old tie


    *pencil with and eraser

    *hot glue

    *a little bit of red felt for tongue

    *wiggle eyes, or white and black felt for eyes

    *optional: for rattle: small plastic container from vending machine 1/2 way filled with dried peas.

    *you are going to get stuffing and stuff it in the tail (the small end of the tie)

    *with the eraser part of the pencil you are going to push it down. keep adding stuffing till your tail half is filled with stuffing.

    *then you are going to do the same to the other side (the bigger side) of the tie. do so till you get to the opening of the tie.

    *you will notice there’s a “silk” lining inside the tie, but that it only goes a little ways down. open up that flap and add just enough stuffing that you will be able to have a fluffy head but not too much that you can’t close it.

    caution: do the hot glue gun part yourself. kids might get burned with the hot glue gun…heaven knows i do!!

    *hot glue gun your opening and the sides so it seals it completely down.

    optional: if you want the tail to actually rattle get yourself one of those little plastic containers that those vending machines have, you know the little fake ring holder things. and add some dried peas to it. insert it to the tail and then continue with instructions!

    *now hot glue gun the tail shut.

    next we are taking the twine and we are going to start wrapping it around the tail for the “rattle”

    as you wrap hot glue gun it down with little dabs of glue.

    finish it by cutting off excess twine.

    add eyes and tongue with hot glue.

    done! my boys (especially the 6 year old) loves their snakes. the 6 year old takes him everywhere we go. 😉

    thank you cindy for letting me be a part of your round up! please come visit my blog for more tutorials and my shop for patterns!

    Don’t miss all the fun summer craft ideas.

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    1. Sunday, February 10th, 2013
      Loved this project! I featured it on my website for the Chinese New Year, here's the link: http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2013/2/10_Annee_du_serpentYear_of_the_snake.html
    2. Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
      We made these many years ago with my Brownie troop. We filled the head end with beans so we could throw them around. Super fun! And the girls all loved asking their dads for an old tie.
    3. Thursday, June 24th, 2010
      This is so cute. I posted about it on my blog also. http://tanya-alittlebitofeverything.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-pet-guinea-pigs.html
    4. Saturday, June 19th, 2010
      That is adorable!
    5. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      That is very clever and cute! Thanks for sharing. :)
    6. Lauralee Hensley
      Friday, June 18th, 2010
      I like tie material to make Ken and Barbie Doll clothes. If you have an older male relative who is no longer wearing his ties maybe he'd be willing to have you make them into doll clothes for the grandkids.
    7. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      We are totally going to do this next week! Thanks for the great idea!!
    8. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      I would have never thought of that! Great Job - I'm going to go make a few for my nephew's I've got some old tie's that weren't pretty enough for purses, I'm really really glad I didn't send them back to the thrift store :-)
    9. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      Very nice idea!
    10. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      I love this craft! The extra twine on the tail is so perfect!

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    11. Friday, June 18th, 2010
      How funny that you just posted this! My kids just made these at VBS this week. What a fun idea