Sometimes we here at Olympia Dumpster Divers are suckers for the kitschy, arts & craftsy stuff, especially around Halloween. These skeletons made from reused plastic jugs are just that kind of fun holiday decoration that we get a kick out of, even though we personally have never made one, since we don’t use plastic jugs. But if you DO happen to have a bunch of plastic jugs (we won’t judge), you can see how to make them HERE and HERE (and/or watch a video about it HERE).
Of course, we are also fascinated by Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead skeletons. One year, Ruby made some Day-of-the-Dead-inspired figures with high school students, using white coat hanger wire, cardboard tubes, popsicle sticks, thrift store styrofoam skulls, cotton batting, and fabric scraps.
This year, she is teaching several workshops on how to make skeleton figurines out of cardboard (like the white cardboard that sometimes comes in clothing packages), chenille stems (purchased new at the craft store), fabric scraps, and other stuff (including those paper parasols that that you get in drinks). If you are in the Olympia area, check it out HERE (more pics HERE)