We are delighted to introduce the latest craft tutorial from ‘The Makers’. In this tutorial they will show you how to recycle all your used newspaper to create a cute papier mache snail.


You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • A small pot for the glue mixture
  • PVA glue
  • A little water
  • A paint brush
  • Acrylic paint


  1. Start by selecting a double page in a newspaper. Screw it up into a ball, the ball can be rounded or cone shaped depending on what shaped shell you would like your finished snail to have.
  2.  Secure your newspaper ball with masking tape so it is tightly in place.
  3. Next you will need another double page from a newspaper, this time you are going to roll and twist it to form the snails long body.
  4.  Secure with masking tape.
  5. Using masking tape you will need to firmly attach the snails body to the shell. Use plenty of tape and make sure it is stuck well!
  6. Twist very small pieces of newspaper to form the antennas and attach these to your snails head using masking tape.
  7. Rip up a small pile of newspaper. Strips about 2 x 6 cm would be perfect.
  8. Next, take your small pot and mix 2 part glue to 1 part water.
  9. Dip your newspaper strips in the glue mixture one at a time and cover your snail, all over. You will need at least 3 layers, and you will get very sticky fingers!
  10. Leave your snail to dry in a warm place for at least 12 hours.
  11. When your snail is completely dry you can start painting it.  Start by covering it in a white base coat.
  12. Once the base coat is dry you can paint your snail in beautiful rainbow colours!


Please share your efforts below so we can see what characters you decided to make with your little ones.