Clay Snail Creations - The Old Schoolhouse


Clay Snail Creations


We recently sat down with a little girl and asked her what fun craft she wanted to share with us. She made a snail out of clay and gave us step-by-step instructions on how she did it. We are happy to share it here for you and your family as a fun creative project, but if you're so inclined, this is a great springboard activity to learn more about snails in nature.

Have fun with this hands-on activity! For further inspiration, we have included more clay snail ideas for you to use on our Pinterest Board linked below, and we have also created a PDF of the instructions if you'd like to print this out. Let the moulding begin!


  • Modeling clay or play dough
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • A bit of water

  1. Make sure that you have soft clay. If your clay seems a bit stiff, you can work in a bit of water to it first.
  2. Take a part of the clay for the body and roll it out. Put a part of that up a bit and shape it a little to be the head.
  3. While clay is still wet, stick two holes in the top of the head. Also make an indent for the mouth.
  4. Take the second part, roll it out and then spiral it together to make the shell. Or you can roll it the same way you would when making a cinnamon bun.
  5. Attach the shell onto the body.
  6. Paint the body and shell any colour that you want, preferably each a different colour.
  7. Let sit for a while to dry, ideally one hour.
  8. Cut the pipe cleaners a little more than what you want the antenna length to be. You will need two.
  9. Glue them into the two holes you put on top of the head.
  10. Roll the top of them up and glue a googly eye in that spot on each.
  11. Voila, it is done! Go ahead and make another one with your own unique design.

See more creative and silly ideas on our Pinterest Page Crafts Making Clay Snails.

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).