DIY Skeleton Marionette for Halloween

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

What would your kids say to a Hal­loween decor craft you can play with? They’ll have a blast turn­ing pasta and pipe clean­ers into this easy-to-make skele­ton puppet!

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

What You Need

  • 10 mac­a­roni (pasta)
  • 2 pipe clean­ers, white, 12 inch (30 cm)
  • 1 wooden bead, 1 inch (25 mm), round or olive-shaped
  • 5 to 8 small wooden beads
  • 1 chop­stick
  • For the back bone: medium elas­tic cord, white, 8 inches (20 cm)
  • For the pup­pet string: thread or thin elas­tic cord, black, 25 inches (65 cm)
  • Marker, black permanent
  • Optional: glow-in-the-dark paint
DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Step 1
Bend the pipe clean­ers in half and lay­out the pasta, beads, and white elas­tic cord for the back bone.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Step 2
Add the mac­a­roni and small beads to the pipe clean­ers and bend the clean­ers at the ends. Knot the cord to the legs and add two macaroni.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Knot the arms and add the big bead for the head, then add the small one at the top. Make a knot and draw a skele­ton face with the marker as shown.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Note: For flabby arms, use necklace-thread and two small beads instead of the pipe cleaner.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Step 4
Lay the chop­stick a bit above the pup­pet and mea­sure the string for the head and arms: 1 string should be 6 inches (15 cm) long and 2 should be 10 inches (25cm) long. Make an easy-to-undo knot and try to move the pup­pet. You may have to shorten or lengthen the strings. Fix them on the chop­stick with tape if necessary.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Your skele­ton pup­pet is ready! Let the skele­ton pup­pet dance or hold the feet and stretch a bit. Have Fun!

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

It’s an easy-to-make and play with string pup­pet for younger kids. But if you’re already a mas­ter pup­peteer, use two chop­sticks cross­wise. Add ribs or skele­ton fin­gers made from pasta or cardboard.

DIY Halloween Skeleton Puppet

Optional: Paint the skele­ton pup­pet with glow-in-the-dark paint and have a spooky dance in the dark.


  • Coco Cake Land

    hee­hee! i love it. the GIF is so cute. great DIY, natalie! ^__^

  • hilke (elhadade­pa­pel)


    What a sym­pa­thetic guy!

  • doro von hand zu hand

    a really cool idea!

    I linked to your
    tuto­r­ial on my blog — thanks for

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand