My family loves to go out four wheeling, camping and hiking. Every once in awhile we stumble across a rattle snake and if we have time and resources we usually hunt the snake to eat later. (Don’t worry, we are legally hunting them!) Oh, and I cook the best snake. I’ll have to post the recipe the next time we get one.
We save the snakeskin as well, so far other family members haven taken home the skins and rattles, but this time because I skinned and gutted the snake I was the one to keep the snakeskin and rattle. I had the snakeskin pinned up to dry for the past six months and finally got around to making something with it. I couldn’t believe how paper-y and thin the snakeskin was after it had dried.
Easy Way to Dry Snakeskin: I didn’t have the right tanning materials, so I just sprayed olive oil onto the cardboard where the snakeskin was going and used thumb tacks to pin the snakeskin to the cardboard. I made sure that I stretched the skin out flat as I pinned it in place. I then sprayed more olive oil onto the skin itself and let it dry. It would probably have been dry after a few weeks but I was too lazy (and lacking ideas) to do anything with it then.
DIY Picture Frame: For the picture frame I used foam board and cut out a frame shape with a box knife. The cuts were fairly clean and easy with a straight-edge. They would have looked much nicer if my two year old wasn’t right there trying to ‘help’ the entire time. For the backing of the frame I used cardstock and just glued it on, and also attached the ribbon and the stand with glue. When I find a picture I love it will be glued in as well. Picture frames are usually hung on the wall or out of the way on a shelf so there is really no need for them to be too heavy duty.
Picture Frame Decoration: Decorating the picture frame was the fun part. I decorated it before I glued the back on. First I cut out the pieces of snakeskin and laid them out how I planned to place them. They cut very easily with a box knife, scissors or most any cutting tools would have worked just fine because of how thin the snakeskin was.
Next the snakeskin needed to be glued down. I painted mod podge to the back of the snakeskin and to the foam picture frame and used that to glue all of the snakeskin down.
Lastly I pulled out the hot glue gun to glue down the rattle to the front of the picture frame and to add raffia to the sides to hide the foam board and add a little flair to the frame.
That’s all it took! My snakeskin frame was finished in a short period of time if you don’t count the drying time and the time it took me to try to chase off my little one from getting into my work space.