I started this project, based on the plans at halloweenpropmaster.com. The difference is that I wired the skeleton's joints together inside, rather than gluing them, like he did. Anyway, I know that the prop is fairly effective since I have already had cars slowing down on my street to check it out!
Okay, it's my first instructible, so bear with me a bit.
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Step 1: Start With a Cheapo Blow Mold Skeleton ...
I bought this at one of the Halloween super stores that pop up every year, so I probably paid way more than I should have. If you wait until after Oct 31st, you can probably find these for cheap cheap!
It is a simple, 5 foot tall, blow mold skeleton, made from cheap plastic and popped together by inserting a little tab into a hole in the next bone. The problem is that the joints don't bend well, and they pop out really easy.
Step 2: Sewing the Joints Together...
I poked a hole in the skeleton's hand and threaded some picture hanging wire through the hand and out the tab. I then inserted it through the other bones until I had about 2 or 3 feet hanging out of the shoulder end of the humerous (top bone in the arm).
And then I tied it off around the hand.
Step 3: I Did the Same With Each Foot and Leg.
I missed the photo of this next step some how but, hopefully, I can describe it:
Each leg thread goes into the hip section at the hip joint, and out through the spine joint. Then it gets threaded up through the chest area.
I needed to use a bent coat hanger to work as giant sowing needle to pull the threads up. It also helped when I was threading the arm wires through the shoulder sockets and up through the top of the neck.
So, if you have done this right, you should have 4 pieces of wire sticking out of the neck of the skeleton.
Tie them off around the neck bone and put the skull on top and you are ready to hang your skeleton where ever you like!
I used some left over wire to hook these guys to my window shutters and the gutter. Word of warning: do not climb ladders by yourself! Get someone to hold the bottom or take you to the emergency room!
In the future, I will use black coated wire, since I am concerned that the picture wire might scratch the paint or rust a bit.
Happy Halloween everyone!
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