Hi, this is Joelle Meijer. I am going to show you how to make a snake
from cardboard tubes. To make a snake with cardboard tubes, you
can use tubes from rolls of paper towels, toilet paper or wrapping paper. The tubes
must be flexible enough that you can flatten them. Start by flattening one tube and place
the pattern on the flattened tube. Trace the pattern onto the tube with a pencil.
Each end is rounded to be able to articulate the snake. The length of your snake
will depend on how many tube sections you use. If you can find a tube a little wider
in diameter for the head, use it to show that the head is a little wider than
the rest of the body. But that is not absolutely necessary to create your snake.
To create a tail, you can use a longer tube with on one side a rounded edge like
the other sections of the snake but on the other side a pointy end. Glue the two layers
of the tip of the tail together with white glue and hold in place with clothespins.
Then paint the different sections from the head to the tail in colours of your
choice. In nature, you will find all kinds of colours for snakes so you can take
your inspiration from a real snake or you can paint it more whimsical colours!
I chose to paint my snake in a rather reddish brown and I added texture using two
colours: dark brown and ocher dabbed with a marine sponge. When the paint is dry, add
a coat of acrylic varnish on each section to better bring out the colours of the snake.
Paint the inside of the tube that forms the head in red to create the mouth. To build
your snake, start with the sections that represents the head on one hand and the
body in the other hand. Partially tuck the body section inside the rear of the head.
With small sharp scissors, make a hole through the 4 layers of cardboard. Use a brass
fastener and go through the 4 layers of cardboard. Spread the legs of the fastener
on the side that will become the bottom of the snake. Continue this by adding one section
at a time to the body. And to finish, attach the tail in the same way as the other
sections. Always put the new piece into the last, so that the same side of each section
is always on top. On the red construction paper, trace and cut the snake’s
tongue. Then glue it in the mouth with the glue gun or white glue. You can paint
the eyes on top of the head or use googly eyes. And voila, you have your finished
snake that you can articulate as you wish! To access the free document with a detailed
list of materials, pictures and patterns, click on the link below the video!