DIY Pet Snake

12 Jun

DIY Pet Snakes

Here’s an easy and fun craft project for the kids. My grandkids and I made these a year ago and they’re still playing with them. I did have to do some mending and re-gluing of an eye or two!


cut tee strips

I took an old white t-shirt and cut 2” wide strips, leaving the side seams intact. Then drew the tail and head shape on each end.

stitch_leave opening

Stitch along the edge 1/4”, leaving a 3” opening for turning and stuffing.

turn right side out with dowel

Turn the snake right side out. I used a dowel rod.

stuffing tube

Stuff the snake with batting. I used a plastic tube (cut from an outdoor candy cane decoration) that I inserted into the snake, then stuck in some batting and pushed it through the tube with a dowel rod.

stitch opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Form head with string

Tie one end to form the head with heavy thread.

glue on eyes and tong

Cut a tongue from red felt. Push in the end of the head with a pencil tip, add some glue and insert the tongue.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  You can also sew on buttons for eyes.

decorate snakes

Cover the work area with an old plastic table cloth or paper, and let the kids decorate their snake with permanent markers.

To make the decorations “bleed”, spray with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dropper and drip the alcohol onto the marker designs. Let dry.

kids with snakes

Done.  Now it’s play time!


4 Responses to “DIY Pet Snake”

  1. Pam @Threading My Way June 25, 2016 at 5:26 AM #

    The kids look very happy with their new toys.

    • pegeads June 25, 2016 at 7:52 AM #

      OH, they were. They even made box houses for them. Wish I had a photo. Thanks for commenting!

  2. ninamakesnz July 12, 2016 at 11:27 PM #

    My son would love these!!! What a cute idea, I think I will let the kids loose with the fabric markers and see what kind of snakes we get! Thanks for the great idea :) – Visiting from threading my way link!

    • pegeads July 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

      Thanks. I’m sure your son will enjoy making and playing with his pet snake:)

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