How to Make Skeleton Bones for Halloween


Creaking and rattling skeleton bones belong to the ghoulish motifs of Halloween night. But decorating with skeleton bones for a Halloween party can be a little difficult unless you make your own. Styrofoam and a glue gun make bone-crafting easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam cylinders
  • Utility knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Small Styrofoam balls
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cut a Styrofoam cylinder to the length you want the bone to be, using the utility knife.

  • Whittle the Styrofoam bone with the knife. Make it slightly wider at the ends than in the middle.

  • Sand the surface of the Styrofoam bone to smooth it.

  • Shape two small Styrofoam balls with your fingers to give them the form of the bulges at the end of a bone. (See the skeleton diagrams in Resource 1 for a visual reference.)

  • Glue the balls onto one end of the Styrofoam bone, using the glue gun. Repeat on the opposite end.

  • Paint the entire surface of the bone white. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the bones with an iridescent paint if you would like them to glow in the dark.
  • Be careful using the knife and glue gun. Avoid inhaling the Styrofoam dust when sanding the surface.

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