Monday, October 18, 2010

Tied Up in Snakes

When birthday time rolls around for our "Homemade Daddies" they always ask that the kids give them something they've made. We love that they appreciate the sweet things made by the little hands of their children, but it does take some creativity on our part. Today is Maggie's husband's birthday, and again he asked for something homemade from the kids that used only stuff that we already had on hand. Quite a challenge! We rose to the occasion and found this cute project: a stuffed snake made from an old tie! Maggie's son Jack, who has been begging for a snake, thought this was just the gift Dad needed.

What You Need:
  • a necktie
  • stuffing (we actually used the insides of an old bed pillow!)
  • hot glue gun
  • googly eyes
  • red ribbon
Starting at one end, stuff your tie, using a pencil or pen to cram it way down. This part can get a little tedious, but keep at it. Maggie stuffed one end while Jack stuffed the other to make it go a little faster.

Once your snake is nice and puffy, glue the seams shut with your glue gun. (if your child is helping with this step., keep a close eye on them - glue guns get hot!).

Next glue the eyes onto the wide end and add a bit of your red ribbon for the tongue!

And you now have a silly stuffed snake sure to make any dad smile. When ours was finished Jack said, "Daddy's gonna LOVE sleeping with this!"
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  1. You have to tell us if Daddy does indeed like sleeping with it? :) Super cute, by the way!

  2. Oh how cute!! I'm making those for my grandsons for sure! :-) Is there any way we could make it poop? They'd like it even better then. ;-) LOL

  3. Nice! I love this project. Can't wait to make one.
    thank you

  4. What a creative and fun idea! I love that you can make it with items from around the house too. :)

  5. This is awesome!! My son loves snakes. I am going to grab some of hubby's old ties and make him some new friends. :)

  6. Wow! We have a lot of old ties--this is a great kids-can-help project. Thanks for sharing.

  7. aww, what a great idea! thanks for sharing with us.

  8. That is adorable. I am going to make one. I have some old ties. Thank you for sharing.

  9. great idea! I have to try this project with my kids!! thanks for sharing!!

  10. This is great, and even greater that no sewing is involved! Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday, great to see you!

  11. love love love these!! you are one talented lady!!!


  12. Do you think you could stuff it with rice, sew the ends shut and it be a hot (after put in the microwave) or cold (after put in the freezer) buddy for after dad's tough golf game? ;) i used to have an old wool sock i put rice in and just tied the end off for a heat source when i was sick once. it worked awesome and stayed around for years.

  13. LOVE this idea. Am thinking 2 headed snake as a draft protector, maybe a dragon. Great Holiday gift idea. Everyone is always looking for gift ideas that the kids can help out on. Thanks for posting this!