Introduction: Snake Wreath

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I've been seeing these snake wreaths around on Pinterest and decided I needed to make one. They're gorgeous! It combines two of my favorite things: snakes and Halloween decorations! And I really love Halloween decorations like this wreath because they look so fancy with very little time and effort put in. :D

I wish I had a nicier door to put this snake wreath on for photos, but alas, a boring white door is all I have! Oh well. I'm still impressed with the finished product!

I decided to hang my snake wreath using clear nylon thread, but fishing line would work well, too!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

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I was able to get the wreath and snakes from Amazon - I linked to the ones I bought. I have almost half of the snakes left over, which is awesome. I'll have to think of something else to do with them :D

Step 2: Glue the Snakes

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Glue the snakes firmly on to the wreath however you want - I tried to cover it pretty consistently, and I also left a few hanging over the edge.

(If you have cats, they will try to help with this part, I had to kick Lu out)

Step 3: Paint It!

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I chose to paint the front first, then the back, and then flip it back over and touch up the front. That gave me really good coverage!

Just be sure to let the paint dry between coats - anytime you're painting plastic and loads of glue things are sure to go wrong if you rush it. :P


lclaiborne (author)2017-10-19


Those other snakes? Make a hat. Very traditional, LOL

CrimsonCrow made it! (author)2017-10-18

I love the wreath. But there were problems along the way. I followed directions precisely. I was making this as a gift and wanted to be sure it went well.

I used a ton of hot glue to secure the snakes…they fell off. Again and again. I let the light coat of spray paint (same brand used in Instructable). It never dried. I even used the same snakes and wreath.

I ended up making a second wreath and used wreath wire to secure snakes. I needed a needle-nosed pliers to do it but it went quickly and worked much better than the glue.

I cut 8" lengths and bent them into "bobby-pins" then pushed them through the vine wreath and twisted wires at the back. After securing all snakes trimmed the wire and tucked it in a bit. Almost invisible. Good!

The painting was another problem. I used a light coat of black and a day later a light coat of purple as a highlight. The painted snakes are still tacky two weeks later and leave paint on ones fingers when handling the wreath. I guess we'll have to live with that.

Isbarthory made it! (author)2017-09-29

I loved your idea so much, I just had to make one myself. Sadly my wreath was a bit to big for the small snakes but I still love it. Maybe I will try one more later. Of course, I can't make something that cool without lights.

CrimsonCrow (author)2017-09-17

I just ordered my wreaths and snakes. I plan to make two. One for a Wiccan friend who goes all out on All Hallow's Eve and one for me!

LemonDropz (author)2016-10-15

Sooooooo cool!

Shellie021 (author)2016-10-10

Just bought my wreath, snakes, and paint, and we're ready to go. I love this wreath.

Swansong (author)2016-09-07

This looks just like the Martha Stewart one that was released a few years back. I can't wait to make one!

darrenhall (author)2016-02-22

you are an evil genius - great INST as always.

MINECRAFTfern (author)2015-11-30

Awesome project??

imaan_sykes (author)2015-10-03

I Loved this project . the results are amazing :D thank you so much !!

#SnakeCrown... because flower crowns are too mainstream.

Clarion (author)2014-11-24

Loved this project

kdemenz made it! (author)2014-10-30

Cost me less than $5 because I had a spare wreath on hand. I chose not to paint it though.

jessyratfink (author)kdemenz2014-10-31

Oh, cute! I like the bright colors :D

kdemenz (author)kdemenz2014-10-30

Also I just kind of wove the snakes into the brambles. The snakes came in equal numbers of asp and cobra styles so I alternated between asps going around and cobras leaping out.

loompiggytutorials (author)2014-10-12

Perfect for Halloween... Your instructables are always on top, Jessy!

Aww jeez, thanks!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-10-11

OMG!!! Thats a scariest Awesome I have ever seen :)

Ha! Thanks, Tarun!

mnmama (author)2014-10-10

The high gloss really makes it Jessy. Nice job!

jessyratfink (author)mnmama2014-10-16

Thank you! I thought so too - somehow makes it grosser :D

eeVee (author)2014-10-10

creepy yet elegant. very rad

jessyratfink (author)eeVee2014-10-16

Thank you! :)

Random_Canadian (author)2014-10-10

As always... another hit, out of the park!!!

By the way as per my TARDIS bird feeder they are being called Squirreleks now!

Hahaha! Squirreleks! I like that :D

jabella75 (author)2014-10-15

Did you have any trouble gluing the snakes on? I got the same snakes, and they almost seem 'hot glue resistant' - like nothing will stick to them.

jessyratfink (author)jabella752014-10-15

Some of them were a little grumpy, but using extra hot glue and kinda pressing them down into it just until it cools seems to work - you just have to press hard to make sure they don't budge!

seamster (author)2014-10-10

So nice!

The only way this could be more excellent is if it was made with REAL snakes. (Dead ones, preferably.)

jessyratfink (author)seamster2014-10-10

I really wished I was back in KY when I was making it - I could have added snake skins to it! They're so easy to find there. Here in Oakland we only have fat squirrels and spiders. :P

mikeasaurus (author)jessyratfink2014-10-12

This girl means it! She chased after, and caught, this lizard on a recent field trip. I fully believe she'd have a real snake wreath if she could get her hands on some. This lady means business!!

sabu.dawdy (author)seamster2014-10-10

ewwww.... so scaryyyy but elegant...

dcivarson (author)2014-10-11

We have a house full of snakes, great job.

samalert (author)2014-10-10

I bet Medusa too wont have so many snakes :p.

shazni (author)2014-10-10

Oh so Medusa! Love it!

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