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Bottle Cap Snake Toy

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Looking for a fun toy that's eco-friendly? Make a Bottle Cap Snake Toy from Heidi Borchers! Kids will love this recycled craft.

Bottle Cap Snake Toy
 

Materials:

  • Plastic water bottle caps - assorted sizes- approx. 20-25 for each snake
  • Acrylic paints - colors to match your fabric
  • Cosmetic sponges- (cut into 3 or 4 pieces) for applying the paint
  • Fabric
  • Glue (I used the Aleene’s Tacky Glue )
  • Drill with 1/16” drill bit
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Wax paper
  • Fishing line or jewelry wire - the length you want your snake (for mine I used approx. 19”)
  • Buttons, beads for finishing
  • Bead crimps
  • Bead crimper
  • Eyes

Instructions:

  1. Pre-drill all of the plastic water bottle caps on the top in the center. Except for one for the head, drill on the side.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  2. Place the plastic water bottle caps onto waxed paper. Dab sponge into paint, then dab onto the cap, until covered with paint. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  3. To cover the water bottle caps, cut or tear fabric into strips, the widths of the plastic caps. Cut and glue various fabric prints, to fit on the side of each cap.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  4. Continue to glue the fabric strips onto the bottle caps. Next, lay the prepared caps out on work surface in the order they will be when you assemble the snake.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  5. The spacer beads are made from the plastic drinking straws. Cut pieces of plastic drinking straws (the depth of each water bottle cap). Place glue onto the straws or straw pieces, then place fabric into the glue. Each straw spacer will be approximately 3/8” to 5/8”.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  6. To make the snake head, use the plastic water bottle cap that has been drilled on the side. Cover with fabric as shown in step 3. Cut a circle of fabric to fit on the top of cap. Glue onto the top.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  7. Glue eyes onto top of cap.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  8. To connect the caps together, push the beading wire through the hole in the side of the prepared head. Place a bead on first, then the bead crimp. Crimp the bead crimp into place using a bead crimper.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  9. On the outside of the head place a bead and two or more buttons.

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  10. Then place a fabric covered prepared water bottle cap onto the beading wire.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  11. Next place a prepared fabric covered spacer straw bead.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  12. Continue placing a cap, then a straw spacer, until all have been placed onto the beading wire.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  13. To end the snake, place buttons and beads onto the beading wire.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     
  14. Place a crimp bead onto the beading wire last and pull out excess slack and, using a bead crimper, crimp the bead tightly to hold in place.

    Bottle Cap Snake Toy
     

There are more games you can make out of recycled materials in our collection of 14 Easy to Make Water Bottle Crafts.  Tic Tac Toe, anyone?

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