Make: Q Tip Skeleton

by Cat on October 27, 2011

It’s a little bit of a teaser having Halloween on a Monday…  So if you’re looking to celebrate over the weekend, Designing Mom Julie of Lot 116 has a fun DIY for the little ones to try: Q tip skeletons.


* 21 Q-tips (or maybe a few more, since some kids like to make toes or extra pieces)
* Black card stock or construction paper
* White paper (construction paper works best)
* Black marker (and/or crayons)
* Scissors
* White glue
1. Draw and/or cut out a skull on the white paper, and then draw the face you would like with a black marker (or crayons if you want any color – see examples below).
2. Glue the skull to the very top of the black construction paper.
3. Glue 6 whole Q-tips (right under the skull) on the black cardstock for the skeleton’s ribs.
4. Glue 1 Q-tip perpendicular over the ribs to act as the backbone. Have the Q-tip lie flush with the last rib, but poke up longer than the top rib, to act as the neck bone.
5. Glue 8 whole Q-tips for the (4) arm joints and (4) leg joints, as shown in examples and drawings of the finished photos below.
6. Cut 5 whole Q-tips in half, or make them even shorter if you like (like I did – which looks a lot better). These are smaller bones that can be used as the 10 fingers. Cut 1 Q-tip cut in half (not smaller) for the feet. Glue them in place.

Supplies needed, and what they can make:

Examples on the board that I made/drew so that the class could get ideas of different ways to make them………..
In progress…….

Finished products…….

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Katie October 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

This is one of my favorite Halloween art projects to do with my boys’ classes…it’s perfect for kindergarten or first grade. It’s so much fun to see how the kids draw the skull faces and how they arrange the “bones”. While I’m passing out the materials for the project, the teacher usually reads a fun book to the class about our bones and the skeletal system, so it doesn’t have to be just a Halloween project.


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