Dancing Skeletons

Get guests in the party mood with these happy-go-lucky skeletons who never seem to miss a beat. Paint the frolicking fellows wherever you need a little party pick-me-up, such as on tumblers and pumpkins.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Glass or plastic tumbler with somewhat flat side, or a pumpkin
  • Waterproof paint markers: black and white
  • Acrylic paints (optional)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)


Download the free pattern for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Dancing Skeletons Pattern

Adobe Acrobat

  1. Trace the desired dancing skeleton onto tracing paper. Cut out the shape 1/2 inch from the design.
  2. For a tumbler, tape the traced shape inside the tumbler so the image faces out.
  3. For a pumpkin, color the back of the traced shape with a pencil; tape the shape to the pumpkin. Trace the outline of the shape onto the pumpkin; remove the traced shape.
  4. Use the pattern lines as guides to draw the skeleton bones and facial features with the black paint marker; let dry. Add details with the white marker; let dry. If desired, use acrylic paint to add a party hat on the skeleton. (Note: The tumbler should be hand-washed.)


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