Friday, June 18, 2010

tie rattle snake buddy

hey yo yo! so apparently antibiotics are kicking in and i'm doing good. thanks for the well wishes! not a 100% yet but i can at least handle things again. i even got to knock out like a bazillion loads of laundry folding because my family can put laundry in the washer and dryer...but they can't figure out how to fold and put it back into the drawers. we'll be working on that for sure. i mean i want my boys' wife's to be happy with me. you know what i mean?

anywho, i've been asked by cindy of skip to my lou to make a craft for craft camp. and when i think of craft camp i think of fast, easy and with the kids. like as in lets get this done quickly before kids start losing interest, but lets make something that isn't going to be totally ugly.
so here you go:

lets face it, summer can be a loooong period of time if we don't keep the kids entertained. am i right? so here's a super easy craft you can do with any age of child.
supplies needed:
*old tie
*pencil with and eraser
*hot glue
*a little bit of red felt for tongue
*wiggle eyes, or white and black felt for eyes
*optional: for rattle: small plastic container from vending machine 1/2 way filled with dried peas.
*you are going to get stuffing and stuff it in the tail (the small end of the tie)
*with the eraser part of the pencil you are going to push it down. keep adding stuffing till your tail half is filled with stuffing.
*then you are going to do the same to the other side (the bigger side) of the tie. do so till you get to the opening of the tie.
*you will notice there's a "silk" lining inside the tie, but that it only goes a little ways down. open up that flap and add just enough stuffing that you will be able to have a fluffy head but not too much that you can't close it.
caution: do the hot glue gun part yourself. kids might get burned with the hot glue gun...heaven knows i do!!
*hot glue gun your opening and the sides so it seals it completely down.
optional: if you want the tail to actually rattle get yourself one of those little plastic containers that those vending machines have, you know the little fake ring holder things. and add some dried peas to it. insert it to the tail and then continue with instructions!
*now hot glue gun the tail shut.
next we are taking the twine and we are going to start wrapping it around the tail for the "rattle"
as you wrap hot glue gun it down with little dabs of glue.

finish it by cutting off excess twine.
add eyes and tongue with hot glue.
done! my boys (especially the 6 year old) loves their snakes. the 6 year old takes him everywhere we go. ;)
thanks cindy for letting me part of the skip to my lou roundup of crafts!
you can check out the other 30 ongoing crafts here!

we'll talk soon...we're off to the pool and then we're going to try to teach some boys how to fold laundry.
i may take up drinking.
i'm just sayin.
wish me luck.
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Anonymous said...

LOVE it!!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

How cute! I love that you used a tie!

KaHolly said...

That is the perfect craft for Craft Camp - it would be fun to make at a nature camp with the kiddos, as well! Glad you're feeling better!~karen

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

SO frickin' frackin' cute. Now I need to steal some of Spencer's more ugly unwearable ties!

Glad you are feeling better...maybe I should take something besides sudafed...I am just getting worse. But then I am only a couple days in! Haha.


NorahS said...

Cute! Glad you are feeling better. Good luck with the laundry. Those future wives will thank you some day!

NorahS said...

Oops! Forgot to say that I love the new header!

elise said...

LOVE it! may have to try it today.
glad you back in the land of the living:O)

lisa said...

I totally wasn’t sure what this was about, specially with our bad luck with a snake this year, but this was pretty cute.

JRoberts said...

We made these in Jan of this year, but in the tail we put 3 bells and tied around that. My kids love to shake them to hear the rattle. :)

It is such a fun craft to make with your kids. (We even made snake TIES...if you want to check it out, here is a link...

Amber M. said...

Those are kill me cute. Seriously.

rachel griffith said...

i wanna be like you when i grow up.

erin lebeau said...

o my! this is the cutest idea i've seen in a while -ingenious!! definitely on my to-do list

Leire said...

just discovered your blog, LOVE YOUR WORK!!!
I follow you!!!
have a great weekend!!

Unknown said...

i love this! so cute and so easy!! my GIRLS would actually love to have their own snake buddy!!!!

shelia said...

stinkin cute :)

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Check out my etsy store:
Not a lot up yet, but I'm working on it!

Tif said...

Now these snakes I can get on board with. The kind we have here in the Southwest--REAL snakes--not so much! :)

Darling project! Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

What a fun project for the kids!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


shindylahoe said...

a tic tac box in the end of the tail might maintain the shape better.
MY daughter would love this!

Nicki Lundeen said...

I just found your blog and enjoyed going back and reading your posts. I thought I would pee myself when I read your "series of unfortunate events". You crack me up, and I am so going to enjoy following your blog! Not to mention you are totally awesome! Thx.

Dogwood said...

Very cute. Very creative. But, I am so truly scared of snakes...

Marci said...

totally creative and cute!
look how big your baby girl is up there! ahh they're growing up so fast...peyton is losing that little toddler look to. i love that apron and i am so glad that she's loving her kitchen!

oh and i forgot how much i adore that quilt soft and pretty!

glad you're feeling better!!

maggy, red ted art said...

oh my, this is the cutest thing ever, I WILL SO be making one for my little girl! Wonderful!

I also do a monthly Get Crafty round up, featuring craftiness from around the web! Would you be interested in this being included? I post a photo, description and link back to your how to:

Would love to have you on board!

Do let me know!

info (at) redtedart (dot) com

dana said...

cool idea vanessa!

Carry Grace said...

This is such a fun project. We will be making this sometime this week. My 4 year old is going to think I'm awesome.

AmberLou said...

I would like to feature a project inspired by this at The Paisley Cupcake on July 5th, but want your permission to use your completed project picture. AmberLou, paisleycupcake @ gmail dot com

AmberLou said...

I posted project inspired by you little snake here

Sildenafil Citrate said...

I really love to make all this tie rattle snake, it is very comic and make me laugh when someone uses it, let me say thanks for helping me to do this tricky but funny gadget.

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