Use this free printable paper skeleton template to Build-a-Skeleton for Halloween! This awesome paper craft helps children to improve their cutting and pasting skills while having some creepy-cute Halloween fun!
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Build A Paper Skeleton Template
Introducing – Spike the Skeleton!
If you are a regular on my blog you’ll notice that my buildable characters have a cute chubby style, and if they are animals they are anthropomorphic, which basically means that they have human traits – like standing on two legs instead of four.
I introduced my cute chubby roly-poly Halloween characters a few years ago, and the set currently includes the following characters: Bat, Black Cat, Lil’ Devil, Dracula, Frankenstein, Ghost, Pumpkin, Purple Pumpkin, Werewolf, and Witch.
There’s a new batch on their way and they include: Bride of Frankenstein, Ghost Girl, Skeleton, She-Wolf, Wizard, Zombie, Grim Reaper, Mummy, Monster, Mad Scientist, Clown, and Alien.
For a jointed skeleton, check out this buildable skeleton craft that you can make using split pins!
They’re part of a wider set of buildable characters that are a fun free activity to do at home, in an activity group or club, during homeschool, or in the classroom! I’ve provided the links to all of my other buildables in this blog post too.
I’ve created two sizes for this cute free printable paper skeleton:
- Regular size, with all of the pieces on one sheet of paper and creates a character around 4″/10cm tall. (This is the image at the top of the post)
- Large size with the pieces spread over several sheets. This creates a character around 12″/30cm tall.
- The two sizes are two separate downloads.
- You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
- I’ve provided two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use the size that is appropriate for your printer.
The free printable paper craft is really fun – not just for kids, but for adults too! I love constructing the buildable characters when I have to photograph them for my blog!
Sadly, my printer is out of ink, but I will update this post with photos when I can. For now, here is the digital version!
How To Use the Build-a-Skeleton Printable
The regular size printable is for children that are more skilled at cutting. The large size should be a lot easier for younger children. Or you could cut them out for them. Of course, you know your children, so will know what suits them best!
Once cut, place the pieces in the correct order to figure out where everything goes before sticking in place.
You can stick the pieces together with a glue stick, or sticky tape. I like using this roller glue as it is so easy to use and less sticky mess!
For an extra crafty dimension, why not mount the character onto a larger piece of paper and use other craft materials to embellish it? For example, glitter, furry material, craft foam, or tissue paper to name a few.
You can use a laminator and laminate the pieces if you like and use them over and over again.
How about turning the pieces into a fun game? Number them and roll dice to correspond with the different pieces and see who builds their character first!
Most of all, just have fun with this Halloween printable!
Download your chosen printable from the list further down the page (they’re surrounded by a purple box), and print onto thick paper or thin card. Cut the pieces out, then build a skeleton!
Included in this printable paper skeleton template are the following pieces:
Handy Crafting Supplies (on Amazon) to Build-a-Skeleton
Other Halloween Characters in This Series
Download Skeleton Template (Large Size)
Click the download link to save the printable file(s) to your computer.
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Download Skeleton Template (Regular Size)
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Other Buildable Characters!
I have lots of other buildable characters that you may like to download. These links open in the same tab/window, so just right-click to open in a new one and you’ll have them all ready to go!
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
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