Make any number of sitting skeletons for Halloween decorating when you use cheap craft items such as wooden beads, clay pots and empty thread spools. Make a whimsical skeleton or a scary one; make the skeleton large or small. No matter the size or type of the skeleton it takes just a few minutes to assemble it.
Since you have a choice of how large you want to make the skeleton you will be the one to decide on the size of the spools, beads and clay pots. Just choose ones that are proportionate to each other. And, you can’t use large pots and things. You can use really tiny on up to small pots, beads and spools. Start with two small clay pots and glue them to each other. Set the first pot upside-down on a flat surface. Set the other pot on top of the first one and glue them together. The bottoms of the pots should be glued together. Paint the pots white and allow to dry. This completes the body of the skeleton.
Paint a large wooden bead white and let it dry. Then, paint a simple face on it with a marker or black paint. Set it aside for now. Use a white pipe cleaners to make the arms. First slide on a wooden bead, a little smaller than the head, and glue it to the end of the pipe cleaner. Slide on a spool then a slightly smaller bead. The first bead makes one of the skeleton’s hands and the second bead makes the elbow of that arm. Slide on two spools to finish that arm. All the spools you use should be the same size. Make the same pattern of beads and spools at the opposite end to form both arms on the same pipe cleaner. There should be a section of the pipe cleaner showing between the two arms.
Position the bare part of the pipe cleaner over the top clay pot and push it down into the pot slightly. Glue in place on the edges of the pot. Now glue on the head bead so that it sits on top of the pipe cleaner. If you want, glue on a tiny top hat.
To make the legs, slide one painted bead onto the end of the pipe cleaner and glue it in place. This bead should be the same size as the ones you used for the hands. Now slide on two spools (the same size as the arm spools), and another bead. This bead makes the knee and should be the same size as the elbow bead. Now slide on two more spools. Do the same pattern again to make both legs on the same pipe cleaner.
Bend the bare part of the pipe cleaner nearly in half to form a point. Glue the point to the inside part of the bottom clay pot. Temporarily set the skeleton down on the edge of a flat surface so that his legs are bent at the knees and his feet touch a surface lower than where he is sitting. For example, set him on a small cardboard box with his feet resting on a table.
Make a cane for the skeleton by cutting a small-diameter wooden dowel. The cane not only dresses up the skeleton decoration but also keeps his arms and legs from just dangling. Paint the stick or use it as-is. Glue it across the skeleton’s lap on the spools just above the knee joints. Glue a painted wooden bead to the end of the stick. Now glue the skeleton’s hands to the walking stick so that one hand is just below the wooden bead and hand is near the opposite end of the stick. Bend the elbows outwards before gluing the hands in place.
Paint one black line down the center of the top clay pot, starting just below the wide rim of the pot. This forms the breastbone. Now draw simple lines going from the breastbone to the sides of the pot to make the ribs. Make a tiny bow tie from fabric or felt and glue it in place. This skeleton can sit in any number of places around the house until Halloween is over.