Handmade Cowboy Toys – Snakes

Rattlesnake head rattles




Fill the bottle ¼ full with rice. Glue the yellow crepe paper all around the bottle. Draw on the slits for eyes and two dots for the nose. Cut a small thin rectangle out of the red paper, with a fork on one side. Stick it to the bottle as its tongue.

Cut out a keyhole shape out of the green card It needs to be twice the width of the bottle, and long enough to cover the bottle length and base. Stick it on to the bottle, starting at the base. Draw the rattlesnake rings and face on with the marker. Leave to dry overnight.

Alternatively, you could use yellow construction paper, instead of the yellow crepe paper. It’s considerably faster and cleaner. The result will also look better and last longer.

You will need:

  • Green Card
  • Yellow crepe paper
  • Black marker
  • Red paper
  • Plastic soda bottle
  • Rice
  • Glue

Handmade Snake




Paint all the toilet rolls and the Styrofoam ball yellow and leave to dry before painting laying them all on their sides, and painting the top third green, leaving one roll yellow. Once they’re dry, draw black rings around the yellow part of the toilet rolls, one inch apart. Cut the toilet rolls into thirds, leaving the yellow one intact. Cut two lengths of string and run it inside the toilet rolls. Staple a piece of string about mid way up the inside of one toilet roll, then attach the other string on the opposite side. Leave a ½ inch gap before attaching the next one.

Continue until you have them all attached, except the yellow one. Cut this tube two thirds of the way up, and curl in the two sides until it forms a cone. Staple it together. Attach the cone to the end of your snake, Attach the yellow ball to the other end of your snake by gluing it halfway inside the toilet roll. Paint on the snakes face. Add a forked piece of red felt for a tongue. Paint some green on the top of the snakes head, and the top of his tail.

You will need:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Stapler
  • PVA Glue
  • Small Styrofoam ball or ping pong ball
  • Red felt / ribbon / card /tissue
  • Green and yellow paint
  • Black Marker
  • String or ribbon
  • Scissors