Making a Milk Jug Skeleton

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Recycled milk jugs are the start to making a Halloween skeleton decoration. This is a page about making a milk jug skeleton.


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October 21, 2012

Milk jug skeletons and a Snoopy dog.

Approximate Time: a lot of time



Trial and error. Looking at pics in craft sites and then I modify them. The female skeleton was my idea. (To be different)

By Ken A. from Centralia, IL

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July 14, 2009

I have made a skeleton out of milk cartons many years ago and have forgotten how. Does anyone have the pattern?

By Barbara Sanchez from Vernal, UT


October 15, 20101 found this helpful

or 9 clean, plastic gallon jugs
Craft knife
Glue gun
One-hole punch


Neon paint (optional)
To make the head, choose a jug with a pair of circular indentations opposite the handle and turn it upside down. In the corner, opposite the handle, cut out a large, smiling mouth, centered under the indented "eyes." Make two small slits in the top of the head and tie a loop of string through them for hanging the finished skeleton.

For the chest, cut a vertical slit down the center of a right-side-up jug, directly opposite the handle. Cut and trim away plastic to make the rib cage. Glue the head and chest together at the "neck" by connecting the spouts of the two jugs with a thick band of hot glue. Hold the jugs together for a few minutes until the glue cools.

To form shoulders, cut off two jug handles (leaving a small collar on the ends) and attach them to the chest section with hot glue. Punch a hole at one end of each shoulder.


For hips, cut all the way around a jug, about 4 1/2 inches up from the bottom. Take the bottom piece and trim away a small smile shape from each side to make a four-cornered shape. Punch holes in two opposite corners.

Make a waist by cutting out two spouts, leaving a 1/2-inch collar on each. Glue the spouts together and let dry. Then, hot-glue the waist to the bottom of the chest and the top of the hip section.

Form arms and legs by cutting eight long bone shapes from the corner sections of three jugs (cut into the curved shape of the jug to make the bones even more realistic). From four of these bones, cut out the center to make lower limbs (forearms and shins). Punch a hole through the ends of all eight bones. Use string to tie two arm sections to each shoulder and two leg sections to each hip.


Let kids trace their hands and feet onto the side of a jug, then cut out the shapes. Punch holes in the hands and feet, and tie them onto the arms and legs.

Variations: Paint Mr. Bones a neon color to make him appear to glow.

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March 10, 2009

Looking for a pattern to make a skeleton out of gallon milk jug containers. Free hanging and takes at least 4-5 of the containers.


Milk Jug Skeleton Instructions?

Watch out for this link because it has some scary screaming but good instructions:

(weblink) (01/12/2004)


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October 14, 2008

I saw a skeleton made out of plastic gallon milk jugs. The skull was one jug, the ribs were from another jug, the pelvis from one and then the arms and legs were made out of strips cut from other jugs. Just wondering if any one knows how to do this. It was very cute!



Plastic Milk Jug Skeleton

I am saving jugs for this now. I am going to spray with glow in the dark paint, hang from the trees out back and turn on a blacklight! I think it will be eerie! (09/13/2004)

By Carol Smith

Plastic Milk Jug Skeleton

Crafting Instructions to make
Mr. Bones Halloween Skeleton Decoration
(thanks to

8 - 9 clean plastic gallon milk jugs,
Scissors & craft knife,
Glue gun (for the adults to use),
One-hole punch



Turn a milk jug upside down. In the corner opposite the handle cut out a large pair of eyes, the mouth and two holes for the nostrils.

Make two small slits in the top of the head
and tie a loop of string through them to hang the finished skeleton.

Slice down the centre of a jug - opposite the handle. Cut the plastic to make a rib cage.

Glue the head and chest together with hot glue.

Cut off two jug handles leaving a small collar on each end. Use hot glue to attach them to the chest section. Punch a hole at the outside end of each shoulder.

Cut out two spouts, leaving a 1/2 inch collar on each. Hot glue the spouts together. Glue to the bottom of the chest.

Use the bottom 4 1/2 inches of a jug. Cut into a pelvic shape. Glue to the bottom of the waist.

Cut the bone shapes from the jugs. Tie to the shoulders and hips.

Trace the kid's hands and feet. Cut these shapes out of the jugs. Punch holes into the hands and feet and tie them onto the arms and legs.

For a greater effect you can paint Mr. Bones a neon color or with "glow in dark" paint so that he will glow as he greets your Halloween guests. (09/13/2004)

By Lisa Trudeau

Plastic Milk Jug Skeleton

If you want to look up another pattern for the milk jug skeleton, complete with sound and pictures, copy and paste this link into your browser. Rocky (09/14/2004)

By Harlean

Plastic Milk Jug Skeleton

Look in the Family
Mr. Bottle Bones

That is where I found it. I traditional make a new one every year and the kids love it! (09/24/2007)

By Colette

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