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Make a Slug Guzzling Monster Munching Garden Ornament

Updated on December 28, 2014
The slug guzzling monster
The slug guzzling monster | Source

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.

Ready Steady ...Create
Ready Steady ...Create

Prepare

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
Eyes to the right

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...

Whirlish froth goes with my temperament
Whirlish froth goes with my temperament

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...

A yummy orange way yonder I see
A yummy orange way yonder I see

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.

Hello... am I scary?
Hello... am I scary?

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.

On the look out for some slugs
On the look out for some slugs

On Patrol

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.

kitty katz
kitty katz

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.

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    • JadeHandmade profile image

      JadeHandmade 5 years ago

      Great idea! Will have to try this out.

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      milaniki 5 years ago

      @Rfiskaali: Caught in the act... :)

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 5 years ago from Florida

      Very cute and I'm sure your son was so proud of his slug gluzzling monster. BTW next time before he went out to help in the garden you quickly ran out there and "deslugged" it first....right? :)

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      sonnydayze 5 years ago

      Neat idea.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a great project! Love your monster.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I'm still laughing at your funny Slug Guzzling Monster craft...too cute!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Definitely a novel idea and a really helpful one at that. Have a like on me.

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      ctmom1 5 years ago

      This is so cute and unique! I love it! Now I have something to do with the basket of seashells the kids picked up at the beach over the summer.