Paper Plate Skeleton Greeter

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 4' tall

  • Paper Plate Skeleton Greeter


  • Paper plates: 9”, six; 7”, three
  • Black cardstock or construction paper
  • Silver paper fasteners, 16
  • Black cording, 10” length


  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Punches: circle, 1-1/4”; hole, 1/8”
  • Beacon Adhesives Paper-Tac Glue

Basic Supplies

  • black marker, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • Note
  • 1. Use decorative-edge scissors for all cutting.
  • Greeter
  • 1. For body, cut top from 9" plate. For arms and legs, cut two 2-1/2"-wide strips from center of four 9" plates (for total of eight strips).
  • 2. For feet and bottom part of body, cut two 7" plates in half. (Note: Three halves will be needed.)
  • 3. For fingers, make four slits in bottom arm pieces. For toes, make three slits in sides of feet.
  • 4. Punch or cut three 1-1/4" black paper circles (eyes and nose). Adhere eyes and nose to 7" plate (head).
  • 5. Punch 1/8" holes in nose and eyes; attach paper fasteners.
  • 6. Outline bones with marker using photo as guide.
  • 7. Punch 1/8" holes in bottom of head, top corners of rounded body pieces, 2-1/2" from ends of center body piece, on ends of arm and leg bones, and on corner of feet bones. Attach paper fasteners to bones connecting body pieces.
  • 8. To hang, punch hole on top edge of head. Thread cording through hole and knot ends together.
  • Tip
  • 1. Substitute decorative-edge scissors with regular scissors.