Halloween Q-Tip Skeleton

Use cotton swabs and glue to create a dramatic skeleton picture to hang on the wall for Halloween. If you have a shadow box frame, you can mount it in that and keep it year after year.

I love how simple this craft is, yet there is so much to take away from it! Our son was fascinated with the various bone sizes and how they all connected to create our bodies.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    If you'd like, use a white piece of scratch paper and draw a skull. Cut out and glue the skull onto the black card stock.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Take a few cotton swabs and cut them into various sizes. (I helped my kids with this step, since cutting the swabs can be difficult.) The cotton swabs are very thick and as I cut them they flew everywhere! The kids thought it was funny and enjoyed gathering the "bones" from the floor.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Have your child apply glue to the cotton swabs and begin to build the skeleton. You can also pour glue into a small dish and have your child dip the ends into the dish.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We helped our four-year-old son place the first few bones in order to create some sort of frame for him to work within.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Then we let him do what he wanted, and we just love how his creation turned out. I definitely recommend cutting up different size cotton swabs because it was fun watching him problem solve where each size would fit best.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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