How to Make a Miniature Skeleton


Making a miniature skeleton whether for a student project or as a visual teaching aid for students can be done creatively by using different types of uncooked pastas. Uncooked pasta is inexpensive and can stay adhered to cardboard paper or poster board paper. In addition, pasta comes in many different shapes and sizes, which can help represent the different bones of the human skeleton.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece of lasagna
  • 1 piece of bow tie pasta
  • 1 piece of fettuccine
  • 2 pieces small ziti
  • 2 rigatoni
  • 2 pieces of thick spaghetti
  • 4 spaghetti strands
  • 16 pieces of macaroni
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Take the piece of lasagna and cut a strip about an inch and a half long and half an inch wide. This is the backbone to your skeleton. Glue the lasagna piece in the middle of your cardboard. Take 12 pieces of macaroni and align them on the side of the backbone (six on each side). Glue the macaroni in place as these represent the ribs.

  • Place the bow tie pasta and place underneath the lasagna and macaroni. The bow tie pasta represents the pelvic bone.

  • Glue the two pieces of rigatoni vertically under the bow tie pasta to form the femur bones. From the femur bones, take two small ziti and glue them under the two rigatoni to form the tibia bones. Break two pieces of thick spaghetti and glue them to the right of the rigatoni to form the fibula bones.

  • Glue two pieces of macaroni to make the feet. Break apart two strands of spaghetti into 10 small pieces to make the toes of your skeleton.

  • Glue two more macaroni at the top of the lasagna to form the shoulder bone, or clavicles. Glue two more pieces of small ziti next to the macaroni shoulder bone to form the humerus bones. Break two pieces off the fettuccine to form the radius bones. Take another piece of spaghetti and break two pieces off to form the ulna bones.

  • Take one more piece of macaroni and cut it in half. Use these two pieces for the hands. Take another strand of spaghetti and break apart to form 10 fingers.


  • Photo Credit skeleton image by JASON WINTER from
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