In this instructable we will show you how we turned a humble bunch of leaf-munching pests into colourful mobile artworks.
Step 1: Find your snails
Best to gather a few and then go back for more as you use them up - suprisingly for such inert creatures they can be quite difficult to corral in quantity. Use an old platsic lemonade bottle with the top cut off or similar as a holding-pen.
Step 2: Give the snails something to do
Mix a little flour in a cup with some cold water to give a thickish goo.
Take a large tray and lay out lines of the goo.
Step 3: Be creative
Grab a snail (gently) from the holding pen and place it on the tray.
Now you can start painting.
Obviously you don't want your new friends to die on you - so you must use non-toxic materials. We used artist's acrylic paint, and for glueing (lightwieght) decoration (sparkly stuff is pretty cool) we use PVA adhesive. These are good because once dry they are water resistant.
Step 5: Set them free!
Keep an eye out for your technicolour invertebrates - they'll make you smile when you see them. Some may go further afield & give your neighbours a double-take.
No snails were harmed in the making of this Instructable.