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Do your children want to decorate your front door for Halloween?  Make your own skeleton from paper plates.


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  • white paper plates
  • plastic lace, fishing line, or strong thread
  • craft sticks
  • markers
  • glue
  • scissors


Directions for how children can make a Paper Plate Skeleton

  • Print off the patterns for the bones.
  • Cut out the patterns for the bones. 
  • Trace the patterns on the paper following the layouts shown. Cut out the bones. Be sure to extend cutting lines to the edge of the plate even if the bone is a bit short.
  • Draw a face on the skull and cut out the eyes if you want. Reverse the back of the skull and put glue along the top and bottom edges to past the two pieces together.
  • Glue the tops and bottoms of all the bones together putting the glue along the outside edges.
  • Glue the hands to the bottom arm bones and the feet to the bottom leg bones.
  • Glue the top arm bones to the collar bone.
  • Make holes where shown on the patterns for bones that havenít been glued to another bone.
  • Use 20 cm or 8 inches of plastic lace to tie together the collar to the ribs, the 2 arm bones and the 2 leg bones.
  • Use 30 cm or 12 inches to tie together the legs to the hips, the hips to the ribs, and the collar to the skull bone. 
  • Use the rest of the lace to create a loop for to hang the skeleton.



  1. If you have a one hole punch, you can use it to make the holes. Otherwise, use the point of scissors or a pencil.
  2. Donít cut the holes until you are ready to tie together the glued bones.



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