You've probably made springy coil snakes from paper plates at some time in your life -- I remember making one at camp about 25 years ago (eep, has it been that long already!?).
Note: To make a Halloween paper plate version, you just paint the paper plate orange or black (or your choice of snake color). Then you cut a coil shape from the paper plate, decorate it further as a snake and hang it from the roof.
On this page, I've provided instructions and a paper craft template that makes a similar project to the traditional paper plate coil snake.
- one sheet of card stock or thin cardboard (old cereal boxes work well) -- I used orange card stock so it matched the snake.
- hole punch,
- string, wool or ribbon.
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- If using the B&W version, color in the template.
- Glue the template onto a piece of cardstock or thin cardboard.
- Let dry.
- Cut out the outline of the spiral snake.
- Cut along the spiral line to make a springy spiral snake.
- Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the center of the snake (the tip of the tail).
- Thread a piece of string through the hole and tie it on.
- Hang your springy spiral snake!
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).