How to Make a Q-Tip Skeleton


The shape of a cotton swab, or Q-tip, is similar to the shape of a human bone, such as a femur. So it wouldn't take a big stretch of the imagination to see how a handful of cotton swabs could be arranged to look like a skeleton. Add a few more basic supplies and you have an inexpensive craft project.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of black construction paper
  • Sheet of white construction paper
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glow in the dark paint (optional)
  • Yarn
  • Draw a skull on the white sheet of construction paper and cut it out. Younger children who can't draw a skull can draw a simple circle with a smiley face on it. Make the skull proportionate to the skeleton's body.

  • Glue the skeleton's skull on to the sheet of black construction paper about 2 to 3 inches from the top.

  • Lay the Q-tips out on the sheet of construction paper and outline the body of your skeleton with them. You can cut Q-tips into smaller pieces with scissors to use for smaller bones or joints. Give your skeleton arms, legs, a neck, ribs, feet and hands.

  • Glue each Q-tip into place once you know where you want it to go.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sprinkle some glitter over the black construction paper to make your craft project sparkle.
  • Paint each Q-tip with clear or white glow in the dark paint; this will make your skeleton show up at night.
  • Use caution when cutting the Q-tips to avoid injury.

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