Another snail tale…

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…

  1. 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…

  2. 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

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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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…

    • 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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