You Will Need ...
  1. 2 white pipe cleaners

  2. 8 white packing peanuts

  3. Scissors

  4. Permanent markers

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Step 1: 

Your first step is to fold one of the pipe cleaners in half, and cut the second pipe cleaner in half.

Step 2: 

On one of the packing peanuts, draw two black circles to represent hipbones. On another packing peanut, draw a few horizontal lines and one vertical line to represent the ribcage. Slide both peanuts on one of the 1/2 pieces of pipe cleaner by poking the pipe cleaner through the back of the peanut. First slide on the hipe bone, then the rib cage. Leave about an inch of space at the bottom of the pipe cleaner.

Step 3: 

Now for the head! Use the permanent marker to draw a skeleton head on another packing peanut and slide it on the pipe cleaner just like before. (You should have about 1.5 inches of space left above the skull piece).

Step 4: 

Take the second 1/2 piece of pipe cleaner and place it between the head and ribcage pieces. Now twist it once around the pipe cleaner that is holding the skeleton together. Squeeze the twist firmly in place. The two ends sticking out are your skeletons arms!

Step 5: 

Next, on to the hands. Cut one of the packing peanuts in half (for hands) and draw a few boney fingers on each one. Slide the bone fingers on each pipe cleaner arm.

Step 6: 

Add a top hat to your skeleton if you'd like! To do so, simply color the surface of two more packing peanuts. Slide one down horizontally (on top of the skeleton skull) and the next one vertically. You can use scissors to trip the hat to a particular shape if you want. (Adult, please supervise young children on this part).

Step 7: 

Bend the very bottom piece of the pipe cleaner that is holding the skeleton together (below the hip bone) to make a hook. On the hook, place the bend of the second pipe cleaner that you folded in half in the first step. Secure the second pipe cleaner in place by squeesing and tightening the pipe cleaner hook. These dangly pieces are the skeleton legs!

Step 8: 

Next, you are going to make knee caps! Cut one peanut in half, and then cut one of those halves in half again. Slide each little quarter piece up each pipe cleaner leg until you've reached the desired knee cap place.

Step 9: 

Time for feet! Cut one more peanut in half and draw a few toe bones on each one. Then simply slide the pipe cleaner through the feet pieces just as done in previous steps. Leave a bit of extra pipe cleaner at the end of the feet.

Step 10: 

Your very last step! Fold back the excess pipe cleaner around the feet. This will make sure the skeleton parts don't slide down and fall off.

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Basic: 
Holiday
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Holiday: 
Halloween
Prep Time: 
No prep time needed!
Recycled: 
Fodder
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children
Variations: 

Here are a few different ways to make packing peanut skeletons.

Variation Photos: