Introduction: Paper Plate Skeleton

About: Former Instructables employee. Living in San Francisco amidst the fog. I love getting my hands dirty by taking on new projects, developing unique skills and learning fun facts.

Simple and festive - this paper plate skeleton can be constructed in an hour, and is a blast to make with the kids. It is also easy to customize

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
  • paper plates (mine were 6" diameter)
  • scissors
  • twine (or yarn, or something else to tie the bones together)
  • hole-punch

Step 2: Cut

Attached here are images of the plates after I cut out the different "bones." It's not an exact science, so simply use these as guides. You need 1 skull, 1 shoulder, 1 rib cage, 1 hip, 2 hands, 2 feet, and 8 bones.

Tip: If you're worried about having symmetrical bones, try cutting out a template paper-snowflake style. Fold a plate in half and cut out the bone that way. Trace the folded plate template on the new plate, and you're good to go!

Step 3: Attach

Well the foot bone's connected to the ankle bone! And the ankle bone's connected to the leg bone! Let's connect dem dry bones.

Using your hole-punch, make a hole at each end of your bones (consult my end picture, if you need, for where to punch on the skull/ribs/hips ect). Tie together with twine.

Step 4:

And you're done! To hang, simply use some tape and hang up on your walls in whatever position you want. Happy Halloween!

Side note: My anatomy professors from my undergrad days would be so upset at the inaccuracy of this project. Perhaps a more anatomically correct version would be a fun project if someone's feeling ambitious...and has 206 paper plates lying around.

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