Peggy The Peg Art Skeleton
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Peg art is a craft where clothes pegs are used as the building material. Peggy the peg Art Skeleton is made from sprung clothes pegs and a wooden spoon. Peggy's arms and legs all move at their joints because the peg limbs are joined on the inside with wool to make the peg art moveable.
Peggy makes a great Halloween toy or a Halloween decoration to make your house look spookier on Halloween.
To make Peggy the Peg Art Skeleton you will need...
Wooden Sprung Pegs (dismantled and all the springs discarded except for 6. You may wish to use some pegs as clamps whilst the glue dries.)
Wool or String
The skeleton ribs are two peg halves joined together at the tapered ends and overlapping one another about the same distance as the spoon handle is wide. Make and sick 6 ribs to the wooden spoon handle. The bottom set of ribs should not stick out as far as the ribs above so make the overlap bigger on this rib. Make sure you leave the skeleton a neck and leave some of the bottom of the spoon handle available for the pelvis bone. (see below)
The skeleton arms have string or wool running through them. With a length of string doubled in half, thread the loop through 6 of the discarded peg springs, and then thread the rest of the string through the loop and pull tight to that the springs are firmly connected to the end of the string. This is the skeleton's hand.
Stick two peg halves, back to back with the string sandwiched between. The tapered end of the pegs should point to the hand. This is the forearm.
In a similar fashion glue two more peg halves so that the rounded end meets the rounded ends of the forearm. This is the skeleton's upper arm.
Finally make the skeletons shoulder with two more pegs, the rounded ends meeting the tapered ends of the upper arm. Cut the remaining string at the tapered ends of the skeleton's shoulder.
Make two arms in this way. Use some pegs as clamps to hold the pegs until the glue has started to fix the pegs. Leave to one side to dry. (see below)
The skeleton legs, like the arms have string running through them. As before, double the string up and wrap around a peg half so that the string slots into the groove that the spring grabbing bit of metal once was. Make a loop and feed the remaining string through the loop so that the peg half is attached to the end of the string (shaped side up). This is the skeleton's foot.
Make the shin like the forearm with two peg halves, the tapered end pointing towards the foot.
The thigh starts off in the same way as the upper arm, with two peg halves sandwiching the string and the rounded part meeting the rounded part of the shin. On top of this two more peg halves are attached. Join these peg halves with their rounded ends glued to the tapering pegs of the upper arm like pegs and stick their tapered tip together with the string sandwiched between. Leave the string thread long on the legs.
Make two legs alike and leave to one side to dry. (see below)
Skeletons Shoulder Blade
Take the main skeleton part with the spoon and ribs, and place it face down on the table. Just above the ribs and still leaving the skeleton a neck, glue the skeleton's shoulders to the spoon handle. (Tapered ends to the spoon) To support the shoulders make some shoulder blades in the same way as you made the ribs, and glue them to the shoulder pieces and over the spoon. Leave to dry. (see below)
To make the skeleton's pelvis bone you firstly need to make three ribs. Glue the ribs to the back of the main part just above the end of the spoon handle. Don't leave any gaps between the rib like parts of the pelvis.
Leave these parts to dry before continuing.
Turn the skeleton over. Cover the pelvis area in glue, and stick the length of string from the leg to the pelvis so that the leg will hang from the middle of the pelvis bone. Then stick three peg halves on top of the pelvis. Tapered ends to meet the spoon handle and with the central peg sticking out a little further than the other pegs to give a more rounded look to the pelvis bone.
Leave to dry. (see below)
Finishing Your Peg Art Skeleton
Give all the sides and surfaces of the Skeleton a couple of coats of white or glow in the dark paint.
Give your Skeleton a spooky skull like face.