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Cardboard Tube Snake

2013 is the year of the Snake according to Chinese lore. Recycle a cardboard tube into a snake to celebrate the new year.


  • Cardboard tube
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • scissors
  • Newspapers
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Glue


  1. First paint the inside and outside of the cardboard tube with a background color of your choice and let dry. We picked red, one of the favorite colors of the Chinese.
  2. Then decorate the outside of the tube in a design of your choosing. Let dry.
  3.  Using the picture as a guide cute the tube into a coil.
  4.  Taper one end into a point as the tail.
  5.  Taper the other end into a head for the snake and add two wiggle eyes.
  6.  Cut a forked tongue from scrapes of felt or construction paper and glue to the underside of the head.
  7.  Now go ahead and celebrate Chinese New Year.

This craft was inspired by our good friend Amanda Formaro at Crafts By Amanda where you will find lots of fun craft ideas.

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Stained Glass Snake 

Coral Snake

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Cardboard Tube Crafts, Chinese New Year Crafts, Reptile and Amphibian Crafts, VBS Bayou Crafts, VBS Jungle Crafts, VBS Rainforest Crafts

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