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Recycled Jug Skeleton How-To:

Posted by Blue Mama from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See Blue Mama's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw a face on the opposite side of the first jug from the handle. Cut out the features with an exacto knife and/or scissors. Set aside.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 2
    Step 2

    With a new jug, cut a semi-circular piece out (straight side on the bottom) about an inch and a half below the mouth of the jug, then make a long slit ending about an inch and a half from the bottom of the jug.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 3
    Step 3

    This piece will be the ribs. Cut slits on both the left and right sides and cut long oval shapes to create the rib bones. The bottom cut out below the rib bones will look approximately like a triangle. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    With the third jug make the hipbones by cutting out four round corners: front, back, left and right. (It’s hard to explain, please refer to the picture of the hips!) Punch holes in each sidepiece to attach the legs to.

  • Step 5

    With the fourth and fifth jugs cut off one of the spouts to use for the waist and both of the handles to use as collarbones, set aside. The rest of the jugs can be used for the arm and leg bones and for the hand and finger bones.

  • Step 6

    Cut out arm and leg bones by making long “dog bone” shaped pieces. You will need eight and half of them will be the lower arm and leg pieces. With these four pieces cut out the centers. (long cylinder pieces)

  • Step 7

    Cut out two palms about 2 ½ inches long and then small finger bone pieces. You will need three pieces for each finger: a long piece for the base of the finger and two knuckles. They will total about 2” long, varying the lengths to make each finger. (a longer thumb and middle finger, small pinkie, etc.) Set aside.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 8
    Step 8

    Time to put the skeleton together! Glue the head to the ribs by lining up the spouts and hot gluing them together. Let dry.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 9
    Step 9

    Glue the spout to the bottom of the ribs to form a waist, then glue the hip spout to that one to form the pelvis.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 10
    Step 10

    Glue the collarbones to each side of the top of the ribs, punch a hole at the bottom of each collar bone to attach the top of the arm bones.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 11
    Step 11

    Punch a hole in the top of the arm bone then attach the arms to the collarbones with a large brass brad.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 12
    Step 12

    Punch a hole in the bottom of the first arm bone to attach the bottom arm bone. Punch a hole in the bottom arm bones to attach the palms.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 13
    Step 13

    Poke five holes in the palms: one at the bottom corner where the thumb will be, four at the top where the other fingers will be. Enlarge the holes with the awl or the point of a small pair of scissors.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 14
    Step 14

    Assemble the fingers: poke holes into the tops and bottoms of the long and medium sized finger bones. Enlarge with the awl. Using the small scrapbook brads, attach the fingers. Each finger will have the long bottom piece, medium middle piece and small top piece. You will use three brads per finger. One attached to the palm, the others attaching the digits.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 15
    Step 15

    Punch a hole in the top and bottom of the upper leg bones, attach to the hips with a large brass brad.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 16
    Step 16

    Attach the bottom leg bones to the top leg bones.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 17
    Step 17

    If you want to make feet (I got a bit lazy after making the fingers and opted for shoes instead of feet, plus I wanted the skeleton to be able to stand once it’s hanging up.) do the same process as for the hands or trace a foot shape in one of the scrap pieces, punch a hole in it and attach to the bottom leg bones with a large brad.

  • How to make a Halloween decoration. Recycled Jug Skeleton - Step 18
    Step 18

    That’s it! Customize as desired! You can paint the “fingernails” and put a Carmen Miranda-style hat or a wig on it, you can put a fedora on it and attach an Uzi water gun to make Al Capone. The possibilities are endless.

  • Step 19

    18. I used two of my leftover jugs to make skulls for my boys. (Who were impatiently waiting to play with the skeleton) Just follow the directions for the head and let the kids (or young-at-heart ;) play pirate with them!

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Emily
Emily · Naples, Florida, US · 132 projects
My dad made these years ago for us and all of our friends- this brings back so many memories! Wonderful!
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CYDNEY W.
CYDNEY W. · Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, US · 2 projects
oj my gosh! ive done one of these before Happy it is so much fun! u did a good job <3
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CYDNEY W.
CYDNEY W. · Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, US · 2 projects
oj my gosh! ive done one of these before Happy it is so much fun! u did a good job <3
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Magnolia
Magnolia · Madrid, Community of Madrid, ES · 31 projects
for halloween is the best!!^^
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Magnolia
Magnolia · Madrid, Community of Madrid, ES · 31 projects
how creative!^^
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Teresa H.
Teresa H. · Fort Polk South, Louisiana, US · 12 projects
This is SOOOO cool. Great job really. You should be posting this everywhere. What a wonderful way to reuse. Happy Great Job !!!!
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melissa s.
melissa s. · Annapolis, Maryland, US
I saw this at a festival and just couldn't wait to find a pattern for one. Now I get to get creative. I want ot hang all over yard in trees.
What a great web site
Mel
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mamachka
mamachka
OMG! This is SO brilliant! We don't drink milk and our soy milk doesn't come in these containers...I wan to make this so badly!
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