Slinky Snake

Make your guests recoil in horror with this slinky snake decoration.
Make your guests recoil in horror
with this slinky snake decoration.

This Halloween decoration will coil around your heart.

What You'll Need

  • Wire: 14 gauge, 24 gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • Yardstick
  • Sandpaper
  • 3 feet black braided rope, 5/8-inch diameter
  • Paper clay
  • Round toothpick
  • Acrylic paint: black, yellow
  • Paintbrushes: 1/4-inch flat, #3
  1. Cut a 3-foot, 3-inch piece of 14-gauge wire. Sand one end to a point. Push wire into rope, leaving 11/2 inches of wire protruding on each end.

    Push the 14-gauge wire into the black rope.
    Push the 14-gauge wire into the black rope.

  2. At each end, bend 1/2 inch of wire up. Mold head and tail onto wire with paper clay.

  3. Cut two 1-inch pieces of 24-gauge wire. Twist wires together, leaving last 1/8 inch untwisted to form a forked tongue. Insert tongue into front of head. Use toothpick to make nostril holes. Let clay dry.

  4. Use 1/4-inch brush to paint head, tongue, and tail black. Use #3 brush to paint eyes yellow. Let dry.

  5. Form body into a coil.

Wrap the slinky snake anywhere you want to cause a fright: around a treats bowl or our Tricks or Treats Paint Can, around a door knob, around a centerpiece, and so on.

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