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Snake Frame
Designed by Kristin Ball

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Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Squeeze ‘n Brush® Washable Paint Brushes
  • Elmer’s ® Opaque Painters® Markers – bright
  • Cardstock paper – spring green 12” x 12”, olive green (scrap)
  • Decorative papers – brown and coordinating
  • Frame- plastic easel 8” x 10”
  • Corn

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s ®Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Knife
  • Tape
  • Pliers
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper or scratch paper

Snake Pattern (PDF)


  1. Tape newspaper to work surface then tape green cardstock, just at corners, to newspaper.
  2. Have an adult carefully use a knife to cut an ear of corn into about a 5” section using the most uniform part of the ear.  Cut a skewer in half with scissors then carefully poke one in each end of the ear, using pliers if needed, creating handles for rolling.
  3. Apply Brown Squeeze ‘n Brush paint  to the entire ear applying an even coating then add dabs of Black over the brown.  Immediately press along the lower edge of the paper and slowly roll up the paper using an even pressure on the ear.  Apply more paint and place the ear right next to the first roll and roll up paper.  Repeat step till entire paper is filled.  Let dry. 
  4. Use a pencil to trace the snake pattern onto the back of the paper and cut out.
  5. Use a pencil to trace around the frame onto the brown paper, tongue on olive paper and oval onto coordinating paper then cut out. 
  6. Start black marker pen following label instructions, then paint in eyes and nostrils of snake.  Draw a line on front of the frame about ¼” from edge.  Let dry.
  7. Cut a photo to the desired size then use the Glue Stick to adhere to the oval.  Glue the oval in place, where shown, on brown paper then insert into frame.
  8. Apply a thin bead of Tacky Glue to snake where it touches frame, then press in place on front of frame where shown.  Let dry.  
  9. Try different colors on corn and on colored papers.  Any design can be cut from the papers once painted.  Several colors can be blended on corn.  Corn can be washed between colors but be sure to thoroughly dry before painting with it again.
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