Nut shell snail

nut shell snail collageNut shell snail – quite a tongue-twister, isn’t it? Well, it’s the season of the snails in India, or almost. The monsoons are when their burrows are flooded and they come out in the open. Now here’s a snail I have created with nut shells. It’s very easy to make and I’m going to show you how.

Materials using in making the nut shell snail:

  • Half a walnut shell
  • Two halves of a peanut shell joined together with glue
  • A piece of string 
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Varnish


Peanut shell with holesI started with the peanut shell. I made two tiny holes as shown here. Antenna

Through the holes I inserted a piece of nylon string to make the antennae. The antennae are actually the “eye stalks” of the snail. They use the antennae to look around. Curious, isn’t it?

Now that the body of the snail is made, it’s best to varnish it. When the varnish is dry, place the snail’s shell carefully on top, in an angular position. The nut shell snail has a shell of walnutNeedless to mention, the nut shell snail has a shell of walnut. The angle of placement is important here, If you get it wrong, you might end up making a tortoise or a turtle. To know how to make a walnut shell tortoise, you have to read my book. The book has 21 items no longer viewable in this website. 

Coming back to the making of the nut shell snail, let’s fix the shell to the snail with glue. Now paint the walnut shell to look like a snail’s shell. 

Nut shell snail fully painted

When the paint dries, apply varnish and dry again. The nut shell snail is ready to adorn your garden round the year, not just in monsoons!

If you like it, friends, share share share!

Eat more nuts, stay healthy and I will bring you many more items to make.


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