• One old tie (silk is best!)
• One marker pen
2) Cut across the fabric lining and discard the fat end.
3) Trim the lining right up to the end of the seam of the narrow end, leaving just the silk frayed outer of the tie. You will need this scrap of lining later.
4) Tie three tight knots close to each other from the silk, or more if you can manage. This is the rattle end of the snake. If you had the supplies, you could alternate a knot with a small bell, or decorative bead. Trim off any excess.
5) Go back to the fat end of the tie and unpick the little loop that is on it. I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s the bit that you tuck the rear tongue of the tie into if you don’t want it to blow around. This will be the snake’s tongue.
6) Trim one end of the tongue into a fork by cutting a small wedge out of it.
7) Using your glue stick the other end of the tongue to the reverse of the pointed tie-end.
8) From the scrap of lining you had left in point 3), draw and cut two circles. These will be the eyes.
9) Stick the circles to your snake and mark a pupil on them in felt tip.
10) Wedge inside a book and give to your Father for a great Father’s Day surprise.