Boneyard Wreath

By Noreen Doll.

Create an easy mini boneyard wreath with small skeletons.


Boneyard Wreath by Crafty Journal

The Dollar Store has skeleton garlands with 4 mini skeletons dangling from a length of twine.

I had seen a large Halloween wreath made with big bones, but I wanted something smaller.

Boneyard Wreath by Crafty Journal

So I had fun disassembling several skeletons to make a mini skeleton wreath of my own.

While I was busy gathering the materials to make the wreath, the skeletons were having their own fun.


I didn’t know skeletons could ski… and he isn’t even using skis!

Doesn’t he have great form!

Materials for the Boneyard Wreath

2 Black 9 inch Paper Plates

1 Skeleton Garland (I bought 2 just in case I needed more.)

Hot Glue Gun


White Glue

Nylon Fishing Line

Directions for the Boneyard Wreath

1. Working on the bottom of the plate, draw a circle in the center. I used an old plastic lid and eyeballed the middle of the plate.

2. Lay the plate ring on top of another upside down plate and trace the center circle onto the second plate. By tracing the first plate circle, the plates should match.

3. Turn both plates face down, and glue one ring on top of the other, matching the center circles.

I used clothespins  around the inner and outer edges to hold the rings together while the glue dried.

4. Take the skeletons apart. Leave one skeleton torso and skull together – but remove the arms and legs. Set this skeleton aside.

Cut or twist all the heads, arms, and legs off the rest of the skeletons.

Leave one or two legs and arms complete. Cut the rest apart into various combinations.

Cut the rib cage from the hip bone section, leaving the spine attached.

5. After the glued plate ring has dried, start hot gluing the skeleton parts all around the plate.

I like fewer parts so you can see and identify them. You can add many more bones and really pile them on. (You will need more than 1 garland for this.)

A neat trick for removing the hot glue strings: after you’ve picked off whatever glue strings come off easily, turn your hair dryer on high and run it over the glue strings.
After only a few seconds, the strings will melt into your project.

6. When you have the bones glued on to your liking, decide where the top will be.

Make 2 small holes just above the center hole to hang the skeleton.

Directly above the 2 small holes, near the top edge, make another hole for hanging the boneyard wreath.

7. Cut 2 pieces of fishing line 10 or 12 inches long.

Using the skeleton torso you set aside, thread the ends of one piece of fishing line through the top of the rib cage – just under the top bone – from front to back.

Pull the ends to the back of skeleton neck and tie a knot there.

Thread the ends of the fishing line through each of the 2 holes on the paper plate, from front to back and tie a knot near the end.

Adjust the length of the line until the skeleton torso is hanging where you want it.

8. To finish the boneyard wreath, thread the second piece of fishing line through the top hole of the plate.

Tie a knot and hang your skeleton wreath.


I bought a package of black paper plates at the Dollar Store. Even though the plates are white on the bottom, it doesn’t show when the wreath is done.

You could spray the plate bottom black before adding the skeleton.

The plastic plates were too deep for the way I wanted the wreath to look, so I couldn’t use them.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I love this idea! It really looks wonderful. I think I’ve used those same dollar store skeletons for a number of halloween crafts.

  2. another great and spirited idea so fun and easy to make thanks
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  3. That’s awesome!

    I would love if you would link up your wreath to the Fall into the Holidays link up!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  4. Hi! I’m stopping by from the marvelous monday link party (I get to co host this week). This is great! And, how clever of you to take apart the skeletons to make this wreath. I have a hard time thinking “outside the box.”

  5. Seriously creative. I love it!

    I have my first linky party going on right now too, if you’d care to come link up!
    There are no rules involved :).


  6. oh my gosh, what a great idea! love it!

  7. I love this idea too! Very creative and really turns out great for such an inexpensive project! Great thinking!

  8. Cool wreath! I bought those skeletons from the Dollar Tree yesterday. I plan on using them when I make my Halloween wreath. Don’t ya just love the Dollar Tree!?!

  9. oh wow, I didn’t realize you used a paper plate. how thrifty and cute is that. It looked pretty darn spooky!

  10. This is genius… I would love to make this for my Halloween party this year.


  11. This is so unique and different. Way creative! Thank you for linking up and sharing this idea with us!

  12. This is cute! I love skeletons!

  13. Wow, this is fantastic!!!!!

    Jan @Door251

  14. Awesome idea, very simple but so chic and striking!

  15. Now THAT”S a fun wreath!!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. Oh wow that came out great. When I saw the picture I had no clue that was a plate, so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

  17. Super cute!!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt it Friday link party. :)

    I am also your newest follower. I would love for you to follow me back when you get a chance so that we can continue to share ideas. :)


  18. Spooky cute! Thanks for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  19. What a super cute Halloween wreath! Thank you for joinining TTF this week. have a fun weekend!

  20. This is a great idea! So much fun!! Would love for you to link up to the Pomp Party!

  21. What a great idea for a Halloween decoration. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  22. I love the finished look! Awesome tutorial and use of dollar store items – I was not expecting paper plates as the wreath base, great idea!

  23. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Im lovin the dollar store for Halloween. Great wreath!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  24. You are One clever lady! How great that you used a paper plate and some dollar store skeletons. I have some of both.. can’t wait to create this with the Kids!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  25. Noreen! The wreath is sooo fun! I mean scary haha!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  26. Thanks for linking up this wreath to the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

  27. Love it! I love Halloween and this is too fun. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week.

  28. What a cute and fun idea! I might have to do so… I would love if you would share these (and some of your other projects) over at my link party going on right now:

    Have a nice day!

  29. What a cute idea, and what a fun Halloween idea. Or should I say a scary idea. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  30. Hi Noreen,
    This is the cutest wreath. You must have had fun making this. Todays Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party is up and running. Everyone is welcome to link and join in the fun. Check out what other great bloggers are up to. Also get this great Natural Lip Balm Recipe.

  31. Love this idea~ what a neat Halloween wreath! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  32. Clever! Love this! I will be featuring it on Sunday on my blog and hope you link up again! Feel free to grab a featured button as well! I appreciate you sharing! Thank you!!

  33. Now that is one creative Halloween wreath! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  34. how cute love it thanks for sharing at out party

  35. This wreath is great! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s Halloween Decor Challenge! :)

  36. I have a special Halloween spotlight running today and I’ve featured your project.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation at homework.

  37. You are so crafty! Now I know you’ve got a thrifty upcycle to share on Sunday! :)

  38. Noreen, this wreath is awesome! I love that it’s not the typical fall wreath and your thrifty-ness is even better. Just wanted to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow for the Get Your DIY On challenge! Have a great weekend :)

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  39. Great idea and wonderful tutorial – what were those skeletons up to, they look like they’re having a right old party :-)

    I’ve featured in my Halloween wreaths post – thanks so much for sharing at Empty Your Archive, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  40. This is so great!

  41. Looks awesomely creepy!!

  42. too cute! love your little boneyard wreath! he does have great form with or without skis!

  43. Perfect for Halloween! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  44. So awesome! I love how cheap, easy and cool looking this craft is:)

  45. So frugal and so spooooooky! :)

  46. This is a great idea! i love how it turned out! thanks for sharing at DIY Inspired!

  47. What a cute idea! I love that the skeletons are from the Dollar Store. Yay for cheap! Thanks for linking up with us at Motivational Monday! :) Hope to see you next week!

  48. Thanks for linking up to the Tips & Tricks Party.
    I really like the way this turned out. You did a wonderful job detailing just how you made this fun skeleton wreath and I love that you talk about what worked and didn’t work so well.

  49. Vary cute and easy to make, thanks for the tutorial.

  50. love this idea thanks for the inspiration will have to check out the skeletons have a great week

  51. Hi. Just wanted you to know your awesome wreath was featured at our link party:
    Hope to have you link up again!

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