Fun handmade yard skeletons are perfect to decorate for Halloween. These are easy and budget-friendly DIY projects you can make with pallet wood, pressure, or pressure-treated lumber. My friend, Amy, from 1905 Farmhouse blog made one last year and I have been dreaming of making some too. See the night view here.
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How to Build a Wood Skeleton
What you need to make a wooden yard skeleton:
- 1 x 8 x 8 pine board
- 2 x 2 x 8 pressure treated
Tools and Supplies
- Skeleton Pattern
- Bandsaw or Jigsaw
- Cordless drill
- Countersink bit
- Measuring tape
- 14 each 1.25″ screws
- Exterior Paint (white)
- Black paint marker
- Grafite paper
Cutting your lumber
Begin by cutting the head in a 1″ x 8″ x 10″ rectangle using a chop saw.
Cut a 1 x 5 x 18 for the hip bone using a chop saw.
Note the rest of the board will be ripped into strips using a table saw.
Next, cut 2 leg pieces at 1 x 2 x 28″ using a chop saw.
Cut a shoulder piece at 1 x 2 18″ with a chop saw.
For the arms cut 2 pieces at 1 x 1.5 x 22″ using a chop saw.
Using a chop saw cut three rib pieces at 1 x 1.5 x 14″.
The center pole (backbone) can be cut to your desired length we cut ours at 2 x 2 x 85″.
Use the printout to trace on the face features. I made a little video on how to trace on the face.
The obelisks were made in an earlier DIY project read more about it HERE.
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