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Craft: Spiral Snakes and Roses



This week's craft is a 2-in-1! Both crafts start with the same spiral.

Materials needed: Paper, scissors, glue, a pencil, markers/crayons/pencils for coloring, and a paper straw or wood stick.


Optional: Download and print our spiral template rather than draw your own


spiral_templatepdf

To Make a Snake


1. Print our template or draw a spiral on your paper. Make sure it has at least 4 rows/spirals. It is best if the lines are spaced about an inch apart.



2. Color both sides of the paper in your own style or leave it blank. Stripes look very cool on a snake! Make two eyes on the snake’s head.



3. Cut out the whole spiral first. Then cut along all the spiral lines.



Hang your snake by the tail for a mobile or curl it around something for fun. If you get tired of it, you can turn it into a rose!


To Make a Rose


1. Just like the snake, print our template or draw a spiral on your paper. Make sure it has at least 4 rows/spirals. It is best if the lines are spaced about an inch apart.



2. Color both sides of the paper in your own style or leave it blank. TIP: Darken the spiral lines to make them easier to see.



3. Cut out the whole spiral first. Then cut along all the spiral lines to the very end.


4. Flip your paper over so that you are looking at the back. Put some glue on the outside tip of your spiral.


5. Glue the spiral end to your stick or straw. Make sure the stick lays ACROSS the spiral, not the other way, or this will not work!

Tip #1: I found this a lot easier with a paper straw than with a stick, but the stick looks nicer. So practice with a straw before attempting to use a stick.

Tip #2: If you didn’t do this correctly, you can pull the stick out and glue it in the right way after the flower is all rolled up.


6. Wrap the entire spiral around the stick. Try to touch only the paper as you roll until the stick is firmly glued.


7. When the flower is almost completely rolled up, put a lot of glue along the last coil and pinch it tightly around the stick so that it holds. It is fine to wrinkle or bend the paper to make it stick tightly.


Make several roses to make a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Spirals are found everywhere in nature and are often used to represent beauty and life in many cultures.


To see Sara complete this craft, check out her video instructions:



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