I'm beginning to work on a new hide for Athena (my 4 1/2' corn snake) - she is currently using boot boxes and it just doesn't match my greek temple theme.... I have a large plastic pretzel container in the shape of a 'barrel' that I was going to cut in half and cover in a white paper decoupage and then paint some kind of Greek columns (we shall see where my creative um... talent... leads me). The diameter of the container is 8" at it's widest part (which will be the bottom and tapers to a top diameter of 6". Questions: a. is this big enough? I can make it as tall as 8" if need be, but I was expecting something shorter. b. should I place the entrance hole in the top, side or both? c. for those crafty people who know how to decoupage - if I'm using the store bought (Mod Podge) or just a watered down version of white glue -- can I then paint over this after it has dried? I want to paint AFTER white paper is decoupaged, as my experience with this process has shown - trying to decoupage an already created item around a curved surface will be more difficult than creating a 'white canvas' with white paper, painting then sealing it again with another layer of decoupage medium. d. (Any other -- probably more obvious answer to doing this?) Painting directly onto the plastic would probably result in chipping of the paint - even if I sealed it. Thanks!! btw: she LOVES the large Greek Column decoration I picked up in the fish tank isle... she crawls through it and over it and back again. Sometimes I wonder how she doesn't tangle herself in it! So to whoever mentioned it --- thanks!!