Another snail tale…

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paper mache decoupage snailWith their messy trails and taste for greens, garden snails are most often considered to be pests, but did you know that they have a strong homing instinct? Not only is Carter thoroughly in love with snails, this past term Maia’s class topic has been snails.

So let me tell you we now know all about these slimy little guys!

Maia has been bugging me for quite a while to make a snail, and I have to admit I see her point, a home made snail will be much cuter, there will be no slime, and no holes munched in my precious veg! So we set to and made one out of paper mache. If you want to make one for yourself here’s how:

Step 1: Screw up loads of newspaper, and using a gazillion pieces of tape stick it all together into a snail shape. I know Ive glossed over this a bit – but use your imagination and believe me there is a whole lot of paper and tape in this snail….

paper mache decoupage snailStep 2: Once you have your basic form, you need to add 2-3 layers of paper mache (tiny pieces of newspaper glued on in layers with pva glue). When you are satisfied with the shape and that there are enough layers, leave to dry until it is rock hard.

Step 3: When dry decoupage it with some light paper (that’s another layer or two of paper mache in pretty paper). Voila… one retro looking snail!

Paper mache decoupage snail Cute isn’t s/he?? (snails are hermaphrodites) Now you can make a whole escargatoire of your own… that’s a group of snails in case you were wondering :)

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12 thoughts on “Another snail tale…

    Nice piece of work said:
    June 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    That’s the prettiest snail I’ve ever seen. I would be ashamed to tell your daughter what I do with snails when I find them clustered around the baby basil in my garden…

    Alessandra said:
    June 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Your snail is so pretty!!! One day I’ll show you the ones that are in my garden!!! ;-)))
    xxx Alessandra

    ROAS said:
    June 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Amazing colours.. Nice pics!

    rainbowjunkiecorner said:
    June 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Really cute. Scarily big though ;-)

    carine said:
    June 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

    You can also crochet it like this one http://artefleur.blogspot.fr/2011/06/pisikesed-manguasjad-tigu-tigu-tigu.html (seen on pinterest). Carter would be able to carry it anywhere in the house without any slime ;)

    Faith said:
    June 18, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Never have I seen a cuter snail! I love paper mâché, such a nice project to do with the kids.

    Kate said:
    June 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Such a cute, colorful snail! And so easy to make. Thank you for the new facts on snails; I love bits of trivia.
    Blessings,
    Kate

    Lily Hookway said:
    June 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

    How cute – Little Son would love this. The decoupage paper is really pretty. Lily. xxx

    youllfindmewhistling said:
    June 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now! Not necessarily with snails (even though yours is very cute) I just haven’t found the right objects or inspiration to get me going! I have many newspapers stacked up ready to go though!!

    Deco Cat said:
    June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I love your snail! I have added that to the list of crafty things I am going to do with my daughter over the summer!

    Jen said:
    June 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I plan to use escargatoire as many times as possible in the following days! Unfortunately, we only really get slugs here. Maybe I’ll start (humanely) sticking seashells to our slugs as they decimate our basil…and sunflowers…and snapdragons…and beets…

      Janette responded:
      June 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Yes Ive pulled that out a couple of times recently but mostly just got blank stirs in between. do let me know how you go with the slug re-homing…

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