How to Make a Clay Snake Pencil Holder

Three Parts:Making the Clay Snake and BaseCollecting StabilisersMaking the Pencil Holder

Having a snake curl around your pencils might be just the design you're after if you love snakes and want to scare off the pencil snatchers. This article will explain how to make a fun craft, forming a snake out of clay to strangle your pencils. It's a fun activity for adults to do with children.

Part 1
Making the Clay Snake and Base

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    Choose two colours of clay, making sure they are almost the same or match really well.
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    Roll the base colour into a long snake around half a metre. Make sure it is about a centimeter and a half thick.
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    Roll the second clay colour into tiny balls of clay, and carefully press them onto the snake. These will make the patterns of the snake.
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    Take a third piece of a bit of red clay to make the snake's tongue. Use a clay cutter to make the tongue forked.
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    Flatten one end of the body of the snake and roll one tiny black dot. Press it gently onto the flattened edge to make the eye.
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    Press the red forked tongue onto the edge of the flattened end.
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    Make two thick clay pancakes out of the base colour of your snake. This will be the bottom of your pencil holder.

Part 2
Collecting Stabilisers

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    Grab eight stable items like a kebab stick, newspaper tubes, straws, etc. You will be sticking these onto your pencil holder. If you are using kebab sticks, snip the pointy ends off.

Part 3
Making the Pencil Holder

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    Press the two thick pancake clay pieces together. Stick the stabilisers into an octagonal shape on the thick pancake. Make sure to leave two centimeters for the snake.
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    Wrap your snake around the stabilisers. Start wrapping from the unflattened end. Be careful not to tear your snake apart as you wrap.
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    Once you get to the flattened end, bend the snake's head upwards.
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    Bake the snake pencil holder until it's rock hard. Just make sure you don't burn yourself while checking.
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    Remove from the oven. Allow to cool. When cooled, just stick your pens and pencils in and you have a snake pencil holder!

Tips

  • Remember to cut off the pointy ends of the kebab sticks before you stick it in.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay in two colors, plus some red clay
  • Clay cutter
  • Stabiliser items such as straws, kebab sticks, etc.
  • Baking instructions relevant to the clay you're using


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