We had a pile of yogurt pots waiting to be recycled thanks to Miss 4’s love of yogurt. Instead of recycling them I wanted to turn it into a fun craft project that we could do together which is how this recycled yogurt pot snake came to be. I looked online for an easy yogurt pot craft activity but couldn’t find quite what I was looking for so instead we created this bright fun DIY yogurt pot snake.
My girls are 4 and 2 so this is an ideal simple craft for younger children (with some adult help) although I am sure older kids would also enjoy it. Following is a short tutorial on how we made this recycled yogurt pot snake.
Recycled Yogurt Pot Snake
What you need:
- Clean yogurt pots- We used 9 but would look even better with a few more.
- Colored paper- Scrapbooking paper is what we used but anything would be fine. Gift wrapping paper is another option which would look just as good.
- Strong yarn or string.
- Googly eyes. You could draw the eyes on or use pompoms.
- Red ribbon.
- Glue. I used PVA/ school glue to glue on the paper and a hot glue gun for the eyes and tongue.
- Knitting needle. This was used to make a hole and to pull the yarn through.
- Measure and cut out the paper strips to cover the yogurt pots- I left some space at the bottom as the pots I used tapered off so it was easiest to leave this part bare. You will need one strip per yogurt pot you are covering.
- I gave my 4-year-old some extra paper to cut out some shapes, she then gave them to her 2-year-old sister to sort out into piles. We later used these ‘shapes’ as extra decorations. You can skip this step but for me, it was helpful as it kept the girls entertained while I cut straight lines.
3. Using the PVA/ School glue, glue the paper onto the yogurt pots and if you are going to decorate them with the extra paper shapes you can also do that now.
4. Cut a snake tongue out from the red ribbon.
5. Thread the yarn onto the needle.
6. Pierce a hole into the middle of the yogurt pot container you want to use for the head. I used a drawing pin to make a small hole before using the wool needle to make a bigger hole and then pull the wool through the hole. Do not cut off!
7. Stick on the googly eyes and tongue with the hot glue gun.
8. Pierce a hole into the next yogurt pot but thread it reversed so you have the two yogurt tops coming together.
9. Continue threading the yogurt pots until they are all attached. On the final one tie a knot, then pull all of the pots so they are firm against the knot. Figure out how long you would like your snakes’ cord to be before cutting the wool. I tied a little loop at the end so it is easy to pull.
That is your recycled yogurt pot snake completed. More yogurt pot crafts can be found over on our yogurt pot crafts post here.
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