How to make your own snake draught excluder

Updated April 17, 2017

Winter draught creeping under doorways don't just chill toes, but cost money in extra heating costs too. Creating your own snake draught excluder takes less than half an hour and costs very little. It's a cute craft project that can make a real difference to your comfort. These excluders will also be appreciated as gifts.

Measure the width of your door. Cut a section of fabric this long plus 5 cm (2 inches). The fabric should be at least 50 cm (20 inches) wide.

Place the fabric in your sewing machine and sew a 2.5 cm (1 inch) hem round one of the short sides and along the full length of the open long side of your fabric. Leave one side open. Turn the tube you have created inside out, so the pattern side of the fabric is now on the outside.

Cut one leg from a pair of old tights. The heavier the denier the better, as the material will be stronger.

Pour rice or bean bag ball filler into the open end of your tight leg until it is the correct length or width to go inside your fabric tube. Knot the end and place it inside the tube.

Fold the open end of the tube in on itself to create a 2.5 cm (1 inch) hem inside the tube. Place it in your sewing machine and stitch the two sides together. You will be left with a slight exterior hem. This will be the tail end of your snake.

Cut a 10 cm (4 inch) length of red ribbon. Cut a V shape from the centre of one of the short ends to create the fork in your snake's tongue. Stick it onto the head end of your snake with craft adhesive. Stick on the two self-adhesive google eyes to finish your snake's face.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Old tights
  • Filler such as bean bags balls or rice
  • Red ribbon
  • Craft adhesive
  • Self-adhesive google eyes
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About the Author

Mary Stewart has been a news and features journalist since 2000. Her work has appeared in U.K. national newspapers and magazines, including "The Times (of London)," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Mail on Sunday" and "The Guardian". She has a B.A. in journalism from Napier University.