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Spooky Skeleton Crafts

Updated on October 03, 2015

Spooky Skeleton Crafts for Kids

Spooky skeletons are probably one of the first things that pop into your mind when you think of Halloween. And making skeleton crafts is a great way to create a spooky Halloween atmosphere in your home, or in your classroom (I'm a mom and a teacher, so I think of both).

Why not get an entire theme going? Read a skeleton book with your kids and then do an inspired skeleton craft. Add to the skeleton theme with other Halloween symbols like spiders, ghosts, witches and bats. Add pumpkin play dough for a cool sensory experience . . . or try fake snot Gak for something gross! You can even burn a pumpkin scented candle for an adult addition to the atmosphere.

Now, on to the skeleton crafts . . .

Some of the ideas here are ones I used myself in my classroom. Others I've accessed from other sources and those sources are cited in the text. I've highlighted several crafts here and linked to other ones like a milk jug skeleton craft and a paper chain skeleton craft.

No matter what you're looking for, you'll be able to find it here!

Photo Credits:

The craft photos are mine.

The intro photo is from Weird Duck on Photobucket.

The skeleton photo in the fact boxes is from kaddyface on Photobucket.

Skeleton Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Skeleton

The skeleton in the picture is a project that I did with one of my Kindergarten students in 2004. He was extremely interested in the human body - - skeletons, human body puzzles, the workings of everything. It was quite amazing, really. So, when the kids chose projects, he chose this WAY-bigger-than-life-sized toilet paper roll skeleton. It was such a blast to create with him!

What You'll Need:

  1. Approximately 68 toilet paper rolls for each one - we did 24 ribs (12 pairs) and 26 vertebrae (24 plus the sacrum and the coccyx) (ask parents at the beginning of the year to save up things like toilet paper rolls and other recyclables and donate them to the class)
  2. 4 paper towel rolls
  3. White construction paper to make the skull
  4. Scissors
  5. A black marker to draw the face
  6. Glue
  7. Brown butcher paper, or whatever long, heavy paper you have
  8. A book that shows an illustration of a skeleton that the student can use as a model, or an actual skeleton model
What You Do:

  1. Draw a skull outline on a sheet of white construction paper.
  2. Draw a face inside the skull shape.
  3. Cut out the skull shape.
  4. Draw lines for fingers on 10 toilet rolls and lines for toes on 10 more toilet rolls.
  5. Choose about 7 toilet rolls and cut each of them into about 4 pieces (rings) for vertebrae.
  6. Cut a length of butcher paper, about 8-10 feet long.
  7. Place your pieces on the butcher paper, starting at the top, and gluing the parts as you go.
  8. Hang the skeleton on the wall!

Did you know . . . there are 206 bones in the human body?

Skeleton Crafts: Cotton Swab Skeleton

This is another one of the skeleton crafts I did with my Kindergarten class in 2004. It's really simple.

What You'll Need:

  1. At least one sheet of black construction paper for each child
  2. Glue
  3. White chalk or white crayons for drawing the skull
  4. Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  5. Scissors
What You Do:

  1. Use something as a model; introduce the concept and the craft by reading a book, or looking at pictures, or watching a movie, etc.
  2. Draw a skull on the black construction paper with the white crayon or white chalk.
  3. Glue on cotton swabs to form the bones of the skeleton.
  4. If you want, you can cut the cotton swabs to create more detail (e.g. fingers, toes, smaller bones).

Skeletons are a popular symbol for Halloween because they represent death. Actually, according to Wikipedia, on All Hallows Eve, "the ancient Celts would place a skeleton on their window sill to represent the departed."

Skeleton Crafts: Pasta Skeleton

This is a really cute skeleton craft and it's easy and fun for the kids. Some people don't like to use food for crafts . . . I actually don't like to do that very often either. But it's here if you'd like to try it.

What You'll Need:

  1. Different types of pasta (choose shapes that are appropriate for different shapes of bones e.g. penne for legs, spaghetti for fingers, macaroni for ribs)
  2. Black construction paper (at least one sheet per child)
  3. Glue
  4. White chalk or white crayon
What You Do:

  1. If you choose, draw a skeleton on the black construction paper with white chalk or a white crayon.
  2. Arrange pasta on the construction paper (this can be done with or without the white skeleton drawing).
  3. Glue the pasta on once you've arranged things on the paper the way you want it.

Did you know . . . almost half of our bones are in our hands and feet?

The Skeleton Dance

Skeleton Crafts: Paper Skeleton Mobile

A skeleton mobile is almost a must-have in your Halloween decorations - - kind of an old stand-by. So, here's how you can make one easily:

What You'll Need:

  1. 1 set of skeleton template pages for each child (print 2 each of the legs, arms, hands and feet)
  2. Scissors
  3. Cardstock
  4. Glue
  5. Hole punch
  6. Brass fasteners
  7. String
What You Do:

  1. Print the template pages.
  2. Glue them on card stock, or heavy paper.
  3. Cut out the parts.
  4. Punch holes in the joints and at the top of the head.
  5. Connect the bones at the joints with brass fasteners.
  6. Fasten string to the top of the head.
  7. Hang!

Halloween has a fascinating history. Learn about the history of Halloween and more about Halloween.

Did you know . . . babies have more bones than an adult!? Honest. Check it out.

Have you ever wondered why the colors orange and black are used to represent Halloween? Orange is used because it illustrates the harvest. Black is used because it symbolizes death. Get even more cool facts about Halloween here.

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    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      What a fun lens! Some great crafts for the little ones.

    • LindaBee LM profile image

      LindaBee LM 7 years ago

      I think it is so interesting how children are just naturally creative. These are wonderful crafts. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are all wonderful! I can't even pick a favorite! Great lens

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      My kids are always playing w/TP and paper towel rolls, so would probably love the TP roll skeleton idea! 5* and a nice job with this

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      You must have so much patience to do all this with little ones!

      Loved it- and added to my Ruskin lace lens

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      neat stuff here

      I can see Jasmine doing the one with the Q-Tips

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done & blessed.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Awesome skeleton crafts!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! I really like that toilet paper roll skeleton! I'm sure the kidsa had a great time making it! :)

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Great crafts. I'm sure all kids would love making these.

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wonderful craft lens!

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      mainmom7501 7 years ago

      Great Lens !

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. I love the Pasta Skeleton.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      some great ideas my daughter would love. thanks for sharing. :)

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      Carol Goss 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens :) Happy Halloween Blessed :)

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      chloemurray lm 7 years ago

      Very creative skeleton crafts, perfect for Halloween coming up!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      I do love that tp roll skeleton! In fact, they are all wonderful! Very creative! Blessed!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Some interesting craft ideas with great explanations. Halloween must be lots of fun at your house. Blessed by an angel.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice idea! Something I can do with my children. Will start gathering materials that we can use for our skeleton.

      Hope a lot gets to read this before Halloween. Visit my lens if you got time. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! I sure enjoyed these Spooky Skeleton Crafts and have done a few of them myself. Happy Halloween.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I don't know how I missed this lens. I can hardly wait for next Halloween. We will have skeletons everywhere.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like that you think. Thank you for share very much.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Spoooooky! I'm getting in early for Halloween

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      Spooky and fun these are great thanks for sharing. great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cute and ingenious, thanks!

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      Glhall 6 years ago

      Like the lens, added it to my Boo lens.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      What fun craft Ideas! Love it!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Oh, I love your skeleton craft ideas! Very cute! I love how you've decorated the page too!

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      Definatelly adding your TP roll skeleton to how to reuse paper rolls and halloween crafts from reused items. :) Love it! :)

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      missbat 6 years ago

      Some really great skeleton crafts! And so great for kids to do for Halloween!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these skeleton crafts! Lensrolling with my Halloween lenses. :)

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      I've been the recipient of some skeleton pranks in my life and nothing to do with Halloween. Blessed by an Angel.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I can see why you enjoyed that toilet paper roll skeleton so much....what creative fun. Miss not having little chillens around to do Halloween crafts, we used to have such a blast, with lots of giggles. Spook-tacular Halloween craft page!

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      Oh I LOVE this! I can't wait for Halloween so we can make these!! Thumbs up and lensrolling! :)

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      turner-bob 6 years ago

      very scary indeed ! Nice job !

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love this craft work. you have done a good job. thanks

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Wow! I love the cool facts in between the projects. The colors are perfect too :)

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love that toilet paper roll one!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun Lens! I Like It A Lot!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks like some very fun Halloween crafts for the wee ones!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      Love the skeleton spookiness here! Awesome! What a fun lens!

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      SubtleMoon 6 years ago

      This is a great lens for children's crafts. I came to look because I love skeletons at Halloween and was amazed at all of the ways I can make a skeleton too!

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      charder 6 years ago

      Awesome ideas here!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      The Pasta Skeleton is adorable for kids. Hope you had an awesome Halloween! (^^..^^)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @turner-bob: does any one know how to make a cardboard paper skeleton puppet for the day of the dead

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      Randi25 6 years ago

      I had to draw one of these for school.....LOL

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Cute stuff! Rolled!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Fun with the grandkids!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great ideas for when the grandkids are a little older

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      JonitasKalimpo 6 years ago

      Full of great ideas. You've been blessed by an angel.

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      StaciJansma LM 6 years ago

      Great job on your lens -- very informative for crafting that spooky skeleton!

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      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

      Great Ideas in Lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      I'm running around getting ideas. It won't be long now! :)

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      Samantha Devereux 5 years ago from Columbia Mo

      How cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi LeanneChesser,

      Cute ideas! According to your count down clock . . . won't be long now!

      N T T

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      anticloud 5 years ago

      What a lot of excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I posted your lens as a feaetured one for my upcoming halloween lens (not squidboo ;-(

      horrifically-everything-halloween it will be published either the first of october or if squidoo does something around that time for the hlalloween holiday

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      Leanne Chesser 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      @Zodiacimmortal: Thanks for featuring my lens! Let me know when yours is published :).

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      LissaKlar LM 5 years ago

      Yes, I love halloween crafts.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      This is a great lens. I featured it on my lens: skull-and-skeleton-decorations. Happy Halloween!

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      mirkodega 5 years ago

      Great Halloween Project for Kids! Neat way to recycle TP rolls. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great lens.Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These spooky skeleton crafts are so darned cute!

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like your ideas. Listed your post on -

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      Stopping back by today to see you wonderful spooky skeleton crafts again since I was reminded of them because you were featured on Review This! Which means I got to enjoy re-viewing it :)

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