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Creepy Snakes

These homemade snakes are the perfect addition to your front porch this Halloween.




  • Gray pipe insulation: four 3-foot pieces for $2.76, by Thermwell, from Home Depot
  • Yellow map tacks
  • 1.5-inch nails
  • Permanent marker
  • White acrylic paint
  • Red paper
  • Green spray paint


  1. Step 1


    Squeeze end of pipe insulation together and use heavy-duty scissors to cut a triangle from each side. This will create the snake's open mouth. Cut long snake tongue from red paper and hot glue to bottom inside of snake mouth.

  2. Step 2

    Paint 2 nails white below nail head. Push through the top of snake head to form nostrils and fangs.

  3. Step 3

    Use 2 large map tacks for eyes, adding dab of craft glue to pin and pushing into foam. Add black pupils to pins with permanent marker.

  4. Step 4

    Lay scrap of loosely woven burlap over snake body and spray lightly with green spray paint. This will create scale-like pattern.

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Reviews (6)

  • irishbrod 28 Sep, 2008

    i just made 2 snakes out of one long piece. cost 98 cents. i also painted around the body with different colors. think i will make lots more. these along with bats with closepins attached will look good on my porch this halloween.

  • packratunlimited 26 Sep, 2008

    Hi ! It's me again...I didn't put in a wire..because them being end to end could bend it as you wished at each section of noodle... guess it would depend on how you wanted it to lay or hang...have fun with this because it looks absolutely super with a green light shining on it.....I LOVE Halloween

  • turtlegrins 25 Sep, 2008

    Packrat!! THANK you! swimming noodles are a great idea as they're a little larger in diameter! I'd gotten as far as using trashbags, but was dreading stuffing them all. I'd also wondered if they still made those crawl-thhrough kids' tunnels, if I could link several of those together. I'll investigate.

    And Wduke2... I don't see why the wire idea wouldn't work--even a hanger--as you could just anchor it to the body by bending the very end a bit and skewering it through the foam.

  • wduke2 24 Sep, 2008

    I wonder if you could put a long wire inside so it would be bendable?

  • packratunlimited 23 Sep, 2008

    I once made a 25 foot snake by using swimming pool noodles wrapped with black garbage bags that had been split and forming the head by stuffing a plastic bag with newspaper and forming it...used red felt for the tongue and ping pong balls for the eyes. Hung it in the rafters of an old pole barn. Looked absolutely super.

  • kickypants 22 Sep, 2008

    So incredibly easy, quick, reuseable and inexpensive...all of MY favorite things rolled into one! Thanks for this one...hadn't thought of it before!