15 October 2010

Paper Plate Skeleton Tutorial

I love this guy.  I'm not big into Halloween, but this skeleton is based on a decoration my mama made when I was a little girl.  I recall hanging the skeleton up and getting excited about trick or treating as a child. When my oldest boy was 2, I called my mom to ask her how she made her skeleton.  She sent me a copy of the magazine photo that inspired her, and the paper plates to make him.  This was all back in our very poor college days! 
Since then, we've had this skeleton.  My kids love him, and were so excited to see him when I pulled out our fall decorations.  I thought he might be a simple and easy decoration you could whip together, with stuff you probably have on hand.  So, I'm sharing my version of this fun activity.  My little boy and I made a smaller version together so we could show you how to do it.  Making this paper skeleton is a fun and easy activity you can do with your kids, and have memories for years to come.

You will need:
  • 18 white paper plates, the cheap kind with fluted edges.
  • Templates, which you can find HERE
  • Pencil, Permanent Marker, and Scissors
  • Paper hole punch
  • Jute for tying everything together.
Step One.  Trace all your pieces onto the paper plates.  Using your templates, trace 10 bones, and then one of each head, shoulders, ribs, and hips.  For the hands and feet, use your own.  It makes the project a little more personal. 

Step two.  Cut all your pieces out. 

You should have one head, one shoulder/neck piece, one rib piece, one hip, two hands, two feet, and 10 long bones for arms and legs. 

Don't forget your skeleton's face.  This gives him a little personality.  

Step three.  Punch holes for joining. 

Step four.  Cut out approximately 4" pieces of jute, and tie your joints together.  I used a square knot. 

Using this photo as a guide, tie all the pieces together.  You might want to sing along as you go.  "The head bone's connected to the neck bone..."

Keep tying, until he's all put together. 

Now he's ready to hang on a wall and bring a smile to your child's face.

Thank you, Christie, for reminding me how much fun it is to do crafty things together.

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30 happy thoughts:

jeana said...

wow, that's cute!

Sandy Ang said...

How original and creative !

Karisa said...

That's so cool! I'm definitely making one of these now. Thanks so much for linking up at our blog hop. I hope to see you back next month too :)

Susan said...

SOOO cute! This is definitely one to do with the kids...can't wait to try it out! I think I only have red paper plates...guess our's will be "bloody bones"! LOL!

Lei said...

SO cute, and I bet they love having their creativity on display!

Celeste B. said...

Oh, that brings back memories! I remember making these with my Mom when I was little. I totally forgot about it! Thanks for the idea/reminder!!!!!!!!! :)

Melissa said...

Paper plate skeletons are adorable. I wish Halloween was as innocent as it was win we were children.

Lynn said...

What an adorable idea, and look how proud he is! Have fun:@)

Lorie said...

I LOVE it!!!

Tasha said...

That is too cute. I love that kids can help make it too.

Anonymous said...

I will be taking this idea to my daughter's today. She and her husband have 8 children, 19-5 years old. The younger ones will have fun making these.

Thank you so much for putting this out! Debbie J

Krista said...

This so creative!! My son would love it. Thanks for sharing!


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Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Such a fun idea - my kids would love this!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

This is so great! I bet your kids loved it. Thanks for linking and giving everyone a great Halloween craft with their kids!

Angie Holden said...

How cute!!! Thanks for sharing!!

mommyroo said...

That's so cute! I'm thinking that maybe I could use foam plates and hang a skeleton "family" on our fence outside?

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

Love it!!! So cute!

Kelli W said...

Such a cute idea! I know my boys would love to make their own paper plate skeleton!

mousee23 said...

And now you get to keep his hand shape of this age.Cool

celine said...

back to look at the "cutie" again!! my girl and I plan to make one this weekend.

you are super creative :) xoxo

* Nancy * said...

Love this, it's so cute! My son is into skeletons this year and I know he'd love to have one of these! Thanks for sharing this AWESOME craft!

Joan J said...

My grandson and I did this today and it was the perfect Halloween craft for a 4 year old! Thank you so much for sharing it. I'll be blogging about it with photos tomorrow (10/27), and gave you full credit and a link.

Happy Halloween!

Christy said...


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You are a tutorial genius! I'm so pleased to have founbd your blog.

What a great idea!

And so cheap too!!


Unknown said...

Great tutorial and idea! thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Thank you for this tutorial...it's the perfect thing for our unit on the body / skeletal system!
I appreciate all the work that went into sharing it.
Blessings to you and yours.


Alyssa@CleverNest said...

I'm featuring this at Clever Nest, http://www.myclevernest.com/2012/10/11-kid-friendly-halloween-ideas.html
Come check it out!

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