Make a Slug Guzzling Monster Munching Garden Ornament
Slug Guzzling Garden Muncher
My son loves to help his grandad around the garden, especially if there are strawberries or peas on offer.
However he wasn't pleased with the slugs rampaging through the flower beds and vegetable patch this year so he decided he had to do something about it.
So armed with the contents of the recycling bin we set about making a slug guzzling monster.
We treked around the house for bits and pieces. In the end we needed...
1. Paint, brushes, glue and scissors
2. Some Seashells
3. A plastic lid
4. A wooden barbecue skewer
5. An orange
6. A piece of cord
Eyes to the right
My advice is give a four year old some paint and a brush, then stand well back. Only intervene once all tantrums and tribulations have passed before offering any advice, and even then make sure it was their idea in the first place. So after a few minutes of mopping up...we started with painting the seashells a nice white ...with black pupils. I must say I was impressed by the brush strokes by the end... and those eyes certainly looked scary .
Whose nose is this?
The colour had to be bright, and red was his favorite colour, but I thought it should be brown and more of a beaky sort of thing with snorting nostrils that would fume when ever a slug approached... So we glued the two shells together, to make it even scarier...
The face with a boat
I'd just finished a pot of greek low fat yogurt with a slice of peach and suggested the lid would be perfect as a face... unfortunately it was clear plastic. So I suggested that we could use a nice clean piece of white paper.
However he quite rightly pointed out that it would be better if we used something that was in the re-cycle bin. After dipping my way through the paper bin I managed to find a picture of Niagara Falls and thought the plain blue turquoise water would be brilliant. But he insisted that the face should have the boat in the middle, because he likes boats. There was no arguing with that... Niagra with boat it was, and he traced around the yogurt carton then told me to cut it and place it in the plastic lid...
Hair today...gone tomorrow
I started to stick everything together....and noticed that our creation was eyeing up the orange satsuma....well we thought we must feed the monster something... and we gave it the peel.
Ears, Fangs and a Monster is Born
A few more seashells painted green and attached to a piece of old cord. (It's not grandads honest!) and hey we have a dingly dangly, alien sort of thing as the monsters ears to listen out for those squeely slugs sliding through the undergrowth at night.
Hah, they don't stand a chance! Just to make sure they're guzzled up,,, we had to have some fangs because he'd have to do some heavy munching.
Had to sacrifice my beer bottle for the little blighter, but it was well worth it. Not seen a slug in ages and the strawberries I'm told were delicious.
A message from Kitty Katz....
No animals, real or imaginary were harmed in the process of making the above contraption. Although a little pride was bruised when a certain 4 year old was directing the adult.