Build-A-Skeleton | Free Printable + Instructions #CraftyOctober

Welcome to Day 12 of Crafty October 2014 (check out 2013 and 2012 here) – a month of Halloween Ideas here on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

I’ve got a lovely craft project for you today – Build-A-Skeleton using the cardboard bones template and paper fasteners! A great DIY decoration for the kids to make!

Just click on the image below to download the free printable and instructions.

Build-A-Skeleton Free Printable + Instructions

The Build-A-Skeleton is a really easy to do craft, you will need…

  • A4 card in your chosen colour(s)
  • scissors
  • darning needle or something with a sharp point
  • paper fasteners/split pins (x14)
  • cotton thread to hang up, or sticky tack if preferred

I love how the skeleton decoration came together – I’ve called mine Bonesy Malone and he’s hanging above my desk!

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Build A Skeleton Template

Build A Skeleton Template

This is how you assemble the Build-A-Skeleton…

  1. For best results, use cardboard to print the template onto. The choice of colour is yours – you don’t have to stick with white! Why not make a rainbow of them?!
  2. Print the template onto the card and cut each of the pieces out. Younger children may need a little help with this part.
  3. Using a darning needle (or something with a sharp point), pierce a little hole in the center of each of the black circles at the end of each bone. Try the old Blue Peter trick of having a blob of plasticine underneath to protect your table! (Do not pierce the circles that are the eyes, or form the pelvic bone)
  4. Working out which bone goes where (you can see by the photo on this blog post) attach them together using a paper fastener, splitting it at the back to secure into place.
  5. Thread some cotton through the hole at the top of the skull to hang up. If you wish, you can cut off this circle and attach to the wall using sticky tack, which is what I did with mine.

I look forward to seeing your Build-a-Skeletons – please do share them with me!

Build A Skeleton Template

As well as sharing my ideas each day for my favourite time of the year, I’m also holding a #CraftyOctober Link Party for bloggers to share their Halloween posts. If you’re a blogger, then do check out the party – I can’t wait to see your posts!
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