Picture of Stix to Bones- Skeleton Puppet

Among this Summer's stock of popsicles and ice cream bars were some chocolate bars with curvy sticks. They looked like great material to make something with, so i saved them. Along comes Halloween, and all of a sudden the sticks are starting to look a lot like bones, so that inspired me to try making a skeleton out of them. It was just going to be a decoration at first, but then i thought it would be more fun to try and make a puppet.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

You can make this as simple or elaborate as you like, so what you end up using after the basic skeleton is put together is totally optional. This is a list of the things I used-

Popsicle & chocolate bar sticks
Skinny and heavier skewer sticks
Brads- I also thought of using button pairs & wire, but wanted a consistent overall look on the joints and went with the brads
White paint- I just used acrylic paint & brush, but if you have any white spray paint around, it will save you LOTS of time
Additional decoration- I used water colors and colored pencils to define the bones and skull
Drill & 1/16"bit and a larger size bit that looks about 1/5" thick
Something to cut sticks with- I used tin snips & wire snips
Round nose pliers
Not shown-Scissors, Exacto, Craft Thread, For Hat- black felt, ribbon, rose
ChrysN3 years ago
Awesome, great job on the hands and feet.
dismissie (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
thanks ChrysN- the hands & feet were tough!
Awesome! I love puppets!
dismissie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
thank you Penolopy-