Halloween Crafts made from milk cartons

Use dents for eyes and cut mouth (nose if you want)
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I drew the ribs on one side and use the cut out pieces to trace on the other side and then cut out
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Skeleton Made from milk cartons-Mr. Bones

So I wanted to make some halloween decorations, cause I don't have many. I started a stock pile of milk cartons. 1 gal and 1/2 gal. I found out that the 1/2 gal work best to make the feet, hands and leg/arm bones. You can use wire to put them together I used Cable ties aka zip ties. Brads can be used for the shoulders to be attached if you have them I didn't and the zip ties took a little longer to get in place.

First of course wash them out with soap & water and let dry. The face is a 1 gal upside handle to the back the dents in the carton become the eyes and then you want to cut out a mouth.

The body is a 1 gal sitting upright with the handle behind. You want to cut out the rib cage.

Put the face and the rib cage together. You want to put 2 holes on the spout of the face carton and rib cage carton. A hole on each side. Put the zip ties through the face carton and rib cage carton and pull together once you have the zip ties through both sides, then put together.

Next is using a few 1/2 gal or 1 gal...whatever you have to make the arm and leg bones. I drew a bone on paper and used it to trace and make 6 or 8 bones. Once you have the bones use 2 or 4 of them- use a hole punch and punch a hole on each end leave about an inch from the end of each bone. You want to cut from hole to hole.

I then traced my sons hand and feet on a 1 gal carton that I had cut the sides off of. (my son is 4 so the hands and feet are just the right size)

You want to take and cut the handles off of 2 1 gal cartons, they will be used for the shoulders. I made my with a shoulder (from the handle) a bone (from a carton) and then a hand I know there should be another bone but did not want the hands to go past the hips and the shoulders where long as is. Use zip ties to put together but don't pull the zip tie all the way together leave a little space between.

So punch 2 holes on each side of the rib cage carton and a hole on the top and bottom of the handles (shoulders) I put my hand through the bottom rib cut out to hook the zip tie together. (this is why brads might be better at least for the shoulders.)

Then put together the Legs with a bone, then a bone with the cut out area then a foot. You can use a hole punch to make the holes I thought they were a little too big so I used a sewing tool (sorry don't know the name of it) but it's used to rip the thread out.

The hips are the bottom of a carton with 4 little rounded points. From the points on each side attach legs. The zip ties when you are attaching the bones together I did not pull tight so that the bones had a little space between. I did the same with the shoulders, arm and hands.

Cut a hole on each side of the bottom of the rib cage carton and on the top side of the hips. Put a zip tie through and pull together inside the rig cage carton I again did not pull it tight.

And Mr. Bones is all finished, you can hang him from a tree or your pouch. I plan to paint him with glow in the dark paint as well, just have not made it to the store yet.

Enjoy!!



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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

That's so awesome and looks like a lot of fun. Something different to do.


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

This is so awesome, and look at all the pictures! I'm impressed!! :):)


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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

What a fantastic idea. I love the skeleton itself but what really impresses me is that it's reusing something old to make something new. Great use of a milk jug. Voted up and useful.


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CuriousVagabond 5 years ago from Tennessee

That is such a clever idea! Talk about an artist's eye on things, look at milk jugs and see skeletons. :P


Momof2 4 years ago

You can also add a glow stick inside the night of trick or treat

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