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Circly Paper Chain Snake

What you will make:

Here's a twist on paper chains that is a fun activity for small or large groups of kids. Link rings of construction paper together to form a long multi-colored snake that makes a terrific decoration hung from the ceiling, draped around the room, or framing a bulletin board. Turn it into a contest to see who can make the longest snake, create the funniest (or scariest) snake, or the most creative snake. A great party craft, too!

This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom craft time, and takes very little preparation by the adult or teen leader.

Here's what you need:
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Glue or tape
  • Crayons or markers
  • An active imagination!

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make a Circly Paper Chain Snake

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Gather the materials needed for making Circly Paper Chain Snakes. If you are doing this project with a group of young children, precut the paper strips.

Step 2: Cut Strips

Select sheets of construction paper in a variety of colors. Cut the paper into 1" (3 cm) strips.

Step 3: Make Chain

Form the construction paper strips into rings and glue or tape the ends together. As you make the rings, link one ring into another to form a chain. Mix the ring colors in any order you like. Make the chain of rings as long as you like.

Step 4: Make a Head

On another piece of construction paper, draw a snake head. Draw a face on the head and cut it out. If you like, cut out a long thin tongue from red paper and glue it to the snake's mouth. Glue the head to one end of the paper chain. Voila! You have a circly snake!

Tip: Make a rattle for the other end of the snake to create a rattlesnake!

That's it! Your circly snake is done!
Circly Paper Chain Snake

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Australian Matthew B. for sharing this craft idea with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1997.

Matt said, "When I was 8, I decided to make one at home, which I used to decorate my room! It was fantastic; maybe you should try it!"

Circly snake with a rattle

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Tip: Cut a rattle from brown or tan paper and glue to the last ring. Now you have a rattlesnake!

Cricly snake in pink and purple

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Tip: Make the paper chain snake in any colors you like!

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