I have recently taken on the role of Q-tips Brand
Ambassador as a Q-tip Tipster and will be sharing crafts
and ideas for one of my favorite supplies, Q-tips!
I love Q-tips because they are so sturdy and flexible -
perfect for this craft and so many other uses too!
Glow-in-the-Dark Q-tip Skeleton Garland Tutorial
*check the end of this tutorial for tips, options, and variations*
handful of Q-tips
scrap of white cardstock
black permanent marker
glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
thick white glue
needle and thread
break Q-tips into bones for the skeleton
Draw and cut a skull from white cardstock;
click on the image above for directions on
how to draw a simple skull.
Paint your skull with the glow-in-the-dark paint
and let dry before adding the face details.
Paint your bones with glow-in-the-dark paint and let dry.
Cut felt rectangles large enough to hold the skeletons and
with at least two inches of space at the top if you are
going to make it into a garland.
Glue the skeleton and skull onto the felt and let dry.
To make a garland:
Fold over top edge of felt, about 1", and stitch with black
thread and a running stitch to create a channel
for the yarn.
Run the yarn through the felt channels and
your garland is ready to hang!
Tips, Options and Variations
for younger children
Younger children can create their skelton using whole
Q-tips (you'll need about 15-20 Q-tips per child) or you
can cut the small pieces ahead of time. The Q-tips break
apart easily by bending back and forth.
black felt or black paper
I like the black felt because it will hold up longer and you
can bring out your garland every year to enjoy but you
can also use black paper instead.
Painting the Q-tips is optional. You can also try
fluorescent paint instead of glow-in-the-dark paint - the
skeletons look amazing under a black light! You can find
both kinds of paint in the acrylic paint section of
a craft supply store.
Wax paper is my favorite surface to work on and it's
perfect for drying the painted Q-tips so they won't stick.
skeletal system lesson
Depending on the ages involved in this craft, putting
together the skeleton is a great activity to go along with
a lesson on the skeletal system.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Q-tip
but all ideas and opinons are my own.