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Model Magic Skeleton

Here’s how to to turn an old watercolor tray into the perfect “coffin” for a Model Magic skeleton. A fun and easy craft in a recycled container. 

Model Magic Skeleton

How many themes can this Model Magic Skeleton touch on? Let’s see.

• Fun Halloween project? Check.

• STEAM approved (study of bones)? Check.

• Recycling old art supplies? Check.

• Backpack (portable) proof? Check. Not bad for one project!


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Time needed: 1 hour.


  1. Remove the inner tray from the watercolor case.

    Wipe outer tray clean so the paint will stick.

  2. Spray both sides really well with black spray paint.

    Add a second coat if necessary to eliminate any white spots.

  3. Roll small tubes of Model Magic. Place as shown for the hips and legs.

    Make sure the rolls are not so thick that the lid will not shut when complete.

  4. Attach a center spine and form a simple head as shown.

    Poke holes with a pencil for two eyes and a mouth.

  5. Add three skinny rolls for the ribs.

  6. Roll arms and place them in the tray.

    They should be long and go below the hips.

  7. Add skinny rolls for the fingers and toes. Add small circles for knee caps. 

    If the Model Magic is fresh, all the pieces will stick together really well. After a few days, the entire skeleton may need to be glued in the tray to stay in place.

  8. Close skeleton and paint cover with Sparkle Mod Podge.

    Let dry until the cover is clear and sparkly. Have a happy recycled Halloween!

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