When I saw this, I knew it was something I HAD to share with you guys! This is such a fun way to use up your old milk jugs AND decorate your home for Halloween AND entertain your kids for an entire afternoon.. at least! Start saving up your empty milk jugs and use them to create this adorable, nearly life-size skeleton!  (If you don’t go through milk very fast at your house, you may consider asking your friends or neighbors to save theirs for you.)

What you will need:

  • 8 or 9 clean plastic gallon jugs
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • One-hole punch


1. To make the head, choose a jug with a pair of circular indentations opposite the handle and turn it upside down. 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 skeleton.

2. For the chest, cut a vertical slit down the center of a jug, directly opposite the handle. Cut 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. Make 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 pieces to each shoulder and two leg pieces to each hip.

7. Let your 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.

Thanks, Little Gene Green Bean