Sometimes things just hit me. Take these cardboard snakes as an example. I’m not sure why, but all of a sudden my mind said “Hey, I think a cardboard tube cut into a coil would make a really adorable snake craft!” It’s probably no surprise since I really do love turning cardboard tubes into something with character. So I hit the craft room, found a few tubes and some colorful paint, and today we have cute little colorful snakes made from toilet paper rolls.
You can use any colors you like. I chose bright colors for these just for the fun of it. Paint the inside and outside of the cardboard tubes. You might need a second coat, just depends on the brand of paint you use and the color.
Cut the tubes into coils, but if your cardboard is still a little damp it might not hold it’s round shape while you cut. Don’t panic! I’ve got you covered. :) Take a tube from wrapping paper, or something similar, and wrap the cut cardboard around the tube loosely. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add polka dots with a contrasting color of paint. LET DRY. Flip over on the other side and finish your polka dots.
Remove from tube and wrap the painted cardboard in coil fashion around your fingers. Here’s where you can play with it a bit and position it the way you want to. Paint the end with red and let it dry. Meanwhile, glue on googly eyes, I find it easiest to add the glue with a toothpick since they are small.
Now that the red paint is dry, use some small scissors to snip the red end into a forked tongue. An easier option, if your kids are smaller, is to cut a forked tongue from red construction paper, snip the end of the cardboard to cut off the point, and glue that paper tongue in place instead.
When the tubes are completely dry they are a lot easier to manipulate and shape. Stretch them out for a coiled snake on the ground, or coil them up with their head popping out!