Welcome back to the May Arts Ribbon blog! We’re getting ready for cooler temperatures and crisp fall air and the fun times of Halloween. Today’s project is fun and easy enough that school age children can help with a bit of supervision.
Halloween is a time for all things creepy and crawly, spooky and scary. Our fun snakes aren’t too scary but they may just keep little (or big) hands out of the candy bowl!
All you need are some fun wired May Arts ribbons and a few supplies that you probably have around the house already.
Masking tape, 18 gauge floral wire, stapler, scissors, fine tip marker, adhesive gems
1. Cut 3-4 ft. of ribbon for each snake. Lay a matching length of masking tape sticky side up. Run floral wire down the center of the tape stopping about 2” from one end which will be the head. Press wire firmly to the tape.
2. Place tape onto wrong side of ribbon, pressing and smoothing as you go.
3. Use the fine tip marker to make horizontal lines on the tape about one inch apart.
4. To make forked tongue, cut 2-3” of 337-14 Red satin. Slice down the center about 1.5”. Trim ends to a point.
5. Fold over ¼” at the head end of the ribbon and tape down with masking tape. Fold in corners, making a flat not a pointed end. Slide the red tongue ribbon underneath the folded corners. Staple so that the staple prongs show on the right side of the ribbon to make the snake’s nostrils.
6. To define the head, pinch the ribbon together a few inches from the nose and staple.
7. Attach adhesive gems for the eyes. Wind the ribbon starting at the bottom to form a coil, bend into place as desired.
Love the iridescence of KW08!
Sweet pea or spooky green? (RT06)
Yikes…creepy black snakes! (364-15)
Hope we’ve inspired you to make some creepy snakes of your own with spooky May Arts Ribbons!
Blog post by: Charlene Driggs