Boneyard Wreath for Halloween

With just a few simple craft supplies kids can make a spooky boneyard wreath for halloween.  Perfect for hanging on the front door on Halloween night!

Second, only to Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time of year for crafting with my daycare hooligans.  I swear, I could come up with a different halloween craft, every single day in October.  There are just so many spooky thing to make!  Cats, bats, monsters, mummies, pumpkins, ghosts, witches…  the inspiration is never-ending!  You’ll find lots of halloween craft ideas for kids here among the pages of my blog, but our most recent spooky creation is this “boneyard wreath”.

The idea to make these halloween wreaths hit me the other day, when we were painting up some pasta “bones” for a skeleton craft.

Painting the pasta “bones”:

Painting the bones was fun and easy.  We poured a few different types of pasta into plastic containers, drizzled  some white paint over the pasta (we used leftover white latex paint but you could use acrylic craft paint).

Then we popped the lids on the containers and did gave them a good shake.

We spread our “bones” out on a styrofoam tray to dry.

Making our wreaths:

Today I cut some “wreaths” out of light-weight cardboard (think cereal box), and the Hooligans painted them with black Tempera paint.

I set out some googly eyes and and some foam Hallowe’en craft pieces, and the kids had a grand old time gluing the “bones” onto the wreath and adding their spooky accessories.

We punched a hole in the top of each wreath, and looped a piece of purple ribbon through for hanging.

How simple was that? And FUN, and so cool!?

For the record, this next one is the one that I made, to give you an idea of how you can really load up your Hallowe’en wreath with those “bones”.

Happy Halloween!

More easy Halloween crafts your kids will love:

Spooky Tissue Paper Halloween Wreath

Toilet Roll Monster Mobiles

Smoosh Painted Pumpkins


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  1. barb says

    I love this idea. I am right now doing your monster mobiles with my kids but this bone yard activity will be next.


    I tried painting noodles and they broke very easily. Did you have that problem? I used just regular tempera paint.

    • happyhooligans says

      Hmmm, no I’ve never had that problem, Rosemarie. We’ve dyed pasta several times using food colouring (we just shake it in a bag with food colouring and a few drops of vinegar), and we’ve painted pasta several times, both with tempera paints and with latex paint, and we’ve never had a problem with the pasta breaking. Were you using a thin/fragile type of noodle? The penne is fairly thick and sturdy. Did it break WHEN you were painting it or afterwards when you were working with it?

      • ROSEMARIE REGAN says

        I didn’t use Vinegar, maybe that was a problem. I still have them to its been a few years. I will look into the thicker pasta also i didn’t know they came in different thicknesses.

      • happyhooligans says

        I know some people who use rubbing alcohol and some who use nothing, so I don’t think the lack of vinegar would be the problem, Rosemarie. I’m thinking it might just be that the pasta was too fragile/brittle/thin.

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