Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Re-purposed Snakes....

This project seemed like such a great one....until we actually did it.  The end result was very cute, but the process was a pain in the keester!  Here is how we made our re-purposed snakes.

1. Gather old neck-ties.  I had parents donate some and also got a few at Goodwill.  As you can see, they are gorgeous ties! :)

 2. Using red felt, cut out forked tongues.

3. To make your snake heavy and life-like, use beans or rice to fill in the tie.

 4. Before you fill in the tie, hot-glue the smallest end closed.  I also found that there were a few areas in the back of the tie where the stitching was loose.  I did my best and hot-glued those areas.  Fill the tie up from the widest end.  It takes a lot of manipulation to get the beans down.  (grrr...this is the part that was the pain...)

5. Okay, so now you should have most of the tie filled up.  Use your judgment.  I hot -glued the top portion so there were no escapees (beans).  I hot-glued the tongue and some googly eyes to the top.  
6. After a project time that took way toooooo long....they turned out really cute and the kids loved them.  The parents were loving them, too. :) 


  1. Hmm, I just received a large donation of ties. I wonder if I an deal with the pain . . .

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. It's much more fun than the rubber snake, thx for sharing it

  3. You are becoming my go-to person for repurposing/recycling/reusing ideas. Thanks for a great one.

    Hmmmm. I have ties in my closet and I rarely wear them anymore....

  4. We love this idea ... thanks! :) :)


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