How to Make a Paper Skeleton

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Things You'll Need

  • Skeleton print-out (see the resources section of this article)
  • Reference photo (optional)
  • Large sheet of paper (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Paper fasteners
  • String

Creating a moveable, cut-out skeleton is an informative way to show children how the body works. For an affordable craft that children of all ages can participate in, create the skeleton out of paper.

Place the printed sheet on the work surface, smoothing it flat. Alternatively, using the reference photo, draw a skeleton on a large piece of paper, ensuring that bones in the drawing do not touch, for ease of cutting.

Draw around the outlines of the bones with a thick black marker. Accentuate the teeth, jawbone and eye sockets, and the double bones of the arms and legs.

Cut out each bone around the outline and set it aside, leaving the skull for last. Discard the extra scraps of paper.

Trim the skull from the paper sheet with the scissors. Cut out the two eye sockets and hole for the nose.

Insert the paper fasteners at the joint between the bones, such as the femur and the shin bones. Flatten the fasteners open on the back.

Repeat until the skeleton has been completely assembled. Thread a length of string through the top of the skull to hang it.


  • For a more durable skeleton, print or sketch the outlines of the bones onto posterboard and cut them out. Label the bones on the back, so that children can learn their names.


About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.

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