Rattlesnake – With Real Rattle Craft!



Make this scary rattlesnake with a real rattling tail!

Easy to make and great fun to play with this rattlesnake can be worn over your shoulders – unlike a real one!

Rattlesnake - with real rattle


You will need :

  • 5 x Toilet Roll Tubes
  • 1 sharp pencil (or anything which can poke a hole through cardboard)
  • Some plasticine or an old piece of clothing
  • 8 treasury tags or 8 short pieces of wool
  • Red card or felt
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Paints and art materials to decorate
  • PVA Glue

For the Rattle (optional)

  • Plastic lid from a drinking bottle
  • A few grains of uncooked rice
  • Saran wrap/Cling film or kitchen foil
  • Sticky tape
  1. Choose a colour and paint all 5 toilet roll tubes and leave to dry.
  2. Once dry, select 2 of the toilet roll tubes to be the head and tail. Flatten one end of each tube.
  3. For the tube which is going to be the tail, snip the flattened edge into a point.
  4. Pierce holes in each tube using a sharp pencil and a piece of plasticine or some old clothing to cushion the pencil on the other side. (Even if an adult is doing this bit, show the kids how you are making the holes safely – it really is a lot easier this way and it eliminates the risk of stab wounds!) For the three tubes which make up the middle of the snake make four holes (2 at each end, about 2cm in from the ends and directly opposite each other. For the head and tail, only make 2 holes at the un-flattened ends in the same manner.
  5. Get the kids to lay the snake parts out on a table in the correct order
  6. Join the toilet rolls together using either treasury tags (great for small kids as knots can be fiddly and frustrating!) or short pieces of wool.
  7. Decorate the snake with paints or art materials – make sure you give it some eyes and cut out a two pronged tongue from red card or felt and stick it in the mouth.

For the Rattle…

  1. If you would like to add a real rattle, take the lid from a plastic drink bottle and put a few grains of uncooked rice in (about half a teaspoon)
  2. Cover and secure the lid using either Saran wrap/cling film or kitchen foil (there’s a dispute in our house over which one sounds better – I still say cling film!)
  3. Secure the lid and rice inside the tail using sticky tape and rattle away!  See steps in photos.



  • Ready mixed paint doesn’t take long to dry, but whilst your waiting, have the kids make the tongue and the rattle.
  • Make the holes wider and easier for threading by wiggling your pencil inside them.
  • Drape the finished snake around your neck – it looks really good and you can rattle the tail really easily.
  • Why not take him out for Halloween!

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