How to Make Paper Plate Snake Craft

Learn how to make a simple and fun paper plate snake craft that moves like a real snake. You can also hang it up as a wind spinner and watch it twirl in the wind!


We just moved to Arizona, and one thing we have to watch out for here is rattlesnakes. 


Instead of feeling anxious about the fact we have to watch out for rattlesnakes, my fearless kids are quite excited about potentially seeing them. 

Mommy does not feel like going out to track down rattlesnakes, so we are making our own snakes at home out of paper plates!

How to Make Paper Plate Snakes

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1. Draw a spiral from outside to the center of the paper plate.


2. Decorate the paper plate with markers or crayons. Let your kid’s imagination run wild!

Paper Plate Snake Craft (2)

3. Cut along the spiral until you reach the center of the paper plate.

Paper Plate Snake Craft Cut Spiral

4. Cut a small rectangle from the red construction paper. Cut a small triangle at one end of the rectangle to make the snake’s forked tongue.

Paper Plate Snake Craft Tongue

5. Glue the tongue to the bottom of the snake’s head.

Paper Plate Snake Craft Attach Tongue

6. Glue two googly eyes or draw eyes on the snake’s head.

Paper Plate Snake Craft Stick Goggly Eyes

7. Using the scissor, carefully puncture a small hole at the base of the snake’s head. 

Paper Plate Snake Craft Head

8. Thread a piece of string through the hole and tape it to the paper plate.

Paper Plate Snake Craft Attach String

9. Lift up the string and watch the snake come alive!

Paper Plate Snake Craft Lift String

Final Thoughts on the Paper Plate Snake Craft

If your kid hasn’t done so, have your kid run with the snake behind him/her while holding the string, almost like flying a kite. The snake will spin round and round, which is my kid’s favorite thing to do with the snake.

Similarly, your kid can hold the snake by the string and spin in circles. The snake twirls really fast this way – just stop your kid before he/she gets too dizzy!

After your kid is tired, you can always hang up the snake. The snake will act as a wind chime, and as long as there is some air moving in the house, it will slowly twirl. 

This fun paper plate snake craft is one of our favorite paper plate crafts for kids. I hope your kid enjoyed playing with their paper plate snakes too!

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