The jury will always be out when it comes to celebrating Halloween here in Australia. So I had to sit on the fence when it came to a project that could be used for Halloween purposes but also just something fun and a bit scary too. I would love to do this one as an art room workshop however it really is a project that needs to be shared between an adult and child (one on one). Sorry to all my loyal school teachers who follow my projects, this one isn’t for us!


3aMaterials you will need…

  • Large black thin card
  • 2 x cartridge paper, A3 size
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Stanley knife and cutting mat
  • Scissors and glue
  • Fabric or paint pens for bandana


How to…

  • Fold one sheet of A3 cartridge paper down the centre of the long side. Then write the child’s name along the fold from one end to the other of the paper. This may take a few goes to get this spaced out correctly so press lightly so you can rub out. Once letters are in place, turn them into cursive writing, never letting the base of a letter touch the fold line.
  • Now with scissors cut around the edges of the name and then use the Stanley knife to cut any inside areas out. Hopefully you should be now able to unfold your paper to reveal your child’s name as a mirror image.
  • Lay the body of the skeleton (name) out on your black card so you can see sizing of head, bones and hands. Once you know this it’s time to draw a skull and four bones (same size). If you are having trouble doing this perhaps jump online and Google skulls and bones to help you.
  • Cut out your skull, bones and hands, place down onto the black card and then you can begin gluing everything into place. If you are using craft glue (PVA) be careful not to be too messy with it as it dries clear and will appear glossy on black card.
  • Now all you have left to do is dress your skeleton up! You could attach beads for earrings, cut up material as a bandana, use an old necklace or bracelet. I wouldn’t recommend drawing anything into the background though as it will take the focus off the name in the body of skeleton.


DID YOU KNOW… Halloween was intended to be a yearly celebration to remember the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Personally, over time, I think that meaning may have been forgotten?


 “Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween every day.

– Gwen Stefani


Please visit www.mrsredsartroom.com.au for adult, teen and children’s art workshops, birthday parties, team building workshops and other art events.


Mrs Red

Mrs Red  

Jane Whittred (aka Mrs. Red) has a Bachelor of Art under one arm, a PG Diploma of Education under the other, three children and a hubby in one hand and a mini farm in the Gold Coast’s hinterland in the other hand. Jane owns Mrs. Red’s art room in Miami and believes this business found her mixing two degrees together and using these skills to open an art room to teach both children and adults visual art. www.mrsredsartroom.com.au