How to make a cotton bud skeleton

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What you will need

  • 1 sheet of black card
  • 1 sheet of white card
  • Scissors
  • A black marker pen
  • PVA glue
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • Earbuds (around 20)

This cheeky little skeleton is sure to tickle your kids' funny bones! He's so cheap and easy to make and will look really creepy hanging on the wall or on the back of a door.

You can personalise him how you like but here's our step-by-step guide to help you get the basics right.

Once you've made the one, why not make some more? You could create a whole little family of earbud skeletons, and even a little skeleton dog or cat!

Age group: Ages 3+. This craft is pretty safe for most ages, just be wary of little ones putting any of the small parts in their mouths, like cotton buds and googly eyes!

Safety tip: You might want to help them with the bits that need cutting or do it for them.


Step 1

Find a flat surface to work on and gather all your materials together ready to make your skeleton.

Step 2

You might want to lay some newspaper out for this part as it could get messy! Take your cotton buds and lay them out evenly. Using your paintbrush and the red paint, flick the paint over the earbuds to create a blood-splatter effect and leave aside to dry.

Step 3

Cut out a skull shape from your white card using scissors. You might want to practice by drawing it in pencil first.

Step 4

Using a black marker, give your character a nose and smile. You don't have to copy ours exactly, but you can use it to give you an idea. Next attach the googly eyes.

Step 5

Arrange your cotton buds on the card. Use your scissors to cut some in half for the rib cage, and cut some shorter ones for the fingers. When you're happy with your skeleton, attach him to the card using glue.

Step 6

Add a few final splatters of blood using the red paint, and there you have him, your ear-rie skeleton is complete (get it?)!

For homewares such as tea lights, paper plates, string, scissors etc. visit Asda Direct, and for crafts materials such as paint, glue, craft foam, felt etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London. Props such as the tablecloth, cobwebs, plastic spiders etc. can all be found at Morrisons.

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Watch this space, Debbie, we've got loads more brilliant crafts coming up!


Cotton Buds skeleton

Debbie Blanco

Love this Halloween idea! Going to make lots of crafts this Halloween

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