Serpentine Party Decorating Instructions

by Kara Bietz
Create serpentine party decorations yourself.

Create serpentine party decorations yourself.

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Even though many little kids love the creepy crawly world of snakes and other reptiles, very few party supply stores stock party supplies and decorations that fit with this theme. If your child is hoping for a serpentine-themed party, it will be up to you to make many of the decorations. This may seem like a big undertaking, but with a little bit of imagination and some help from a few simple craft supplies, you'll be well on your way to decorating a great, slithering snake party.

Items you will need

  • Rubber snakes
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Fishing line
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire snips
  • Newspaper
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Tempera paint
Step 1

Create a snake pit on your food or snack tables using rubber snakes. You can often purchase these in bulk from an online toy retailer. Simply lie the snakes on the table in a manner that suggests they are slithering among the food and plates.

Step 2

Make twisty coiled snakes using green or brown construction paper. Cut a large sheet of construction paper into a circle. Cut this circle in a spiral, starting on the outside and moving your scissors in a circle towards the middle. Grasp the paper in the middle and let the spiral hang loose. Use a hole punch and attach fishing line to the head of the snake to hang these serpentine spirals from light fixtures, doorways and the ceiling for a creepy effect. If you choose, you may decorate the snakes before you hang them up with googly eyes and other craft supplies.

Step 3

Create a large snake decoration from papier mache. This decoration can be used as a backdrop for guests to have their pictures taken with, or simply as another snake decoration to admire. Create the basic shape of a coiled cobra with its head raised using chicken wire and wire snips. When you are satisfied with your shape, coat newspaper strips in plaster of Paris and arrange them over the chicken wire cobra. You may need to get creative with the newspaper strips in order to create a realistic serpentine head. Allow the sculpture to dry overnight and paint with tempera paints.

References

  • "Let's Party: Party Ideas for School and Home"; Henry Marockie; 1993

About the Author

Kara Bietz has been writing professionally since 1999. Her professional observation work has appeared in the early childhood education textbook "The Art of Awareness" by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis. Bietz has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 16 years. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in child development from Mesa College.

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