Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fall Craftyness-Milk Jug Skeleton

We just finished up with Halloween a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd show you some of the crafty things I made this year.

Mr. Bones, my milk jug skeleton. My mom had one when I was growing up and I always love it so this year, I decided to make one myself. Here's how to make one:


6-7 clean plastic gallon milk jugs
String (I found that fishing line works the best)
Scissors & craft knife
Glue gun


Turn a milk jug upside down, spout facing down.
In the corner opposite the handle, cut out a large pair of eyes, the mouth and an upside-down heart for the nose.

Make two small slits in the top of the head and tie a loop of string through them to hang the finished skeleton (you can do this when you're all done.)


Cut off the spout (leaving it on made the neck too long and weird looking. Set the spout aside, you'll need it later.) With the jug facing up, on the side opposite the handle, cut the plastic to make a rib cage-I did three long rounded rectangles, leaving about an inch in between each..

Glue the head and chest together with hot glue (but attach the shoulders first-see next step.) To keep the spout from the head from falling into the hole on the chest made from cutting off the spout, I did a few coats of hot glue around the hole and let them dry before attaching the head


Cut off two jug handles, leaving a small collar on each end. Use hot glue to attach them to the chest section.


With the jug upright, using the top half, cut into pelvic shape. I just did kind of a wavy line around the jug (see the picture if you're looking for a general shape.) Glue the two spouts together for the waist and attach to chest.


Cut 8 bone shapes (two for each arm and leg) from the jugs-I did one bone on each arm and leg with the middle cut out. You should be able to get 3 out of each jug. Tie to the shoulders and hips. Cut out hands and feet and attach to arms and legs. Ta-da!


  1. Such cute idea! I wish I'd seen this when my kids were little, but I'll sure make some for my grandkids! Of course my grandson will want the face to be scary, lol! Very clever.

  2. Very, very creative. Thanks for linking up at


  3. this is so AWESOME!! I really love it. Better start saving up milk jugs for next year!


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