Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington Papercraft

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Jack Skellington Papercraft
Ages school-age

This 18" printable Jack Skellington may look a little daunting, but don't let him scare you. He is easier to put together than he looks and when you are finished you will love him so much you will want to display him in a glass case.

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How to make it

  1. Torso and Waist/Pelvis: With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's torso away from you. Glue the A tabs to the inside of his shoulders. Glue the B tabs to close his torso. Spread glue on the inside of Jack's face and head and press them together so the design is now two-sided. Make sure the pieces are lined up before the glue dries. Leave the C tabs for now. You will use those to attach torso to his waist/pelvis.    

  2. With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's waist/pelvis away from you. Glue the A tabs to the inside of the paper and then close the waist by gluing the B and C tabs. To attach Jack's torso to his waist/pelvis, spread glue on the C tabs at the bottom of his torso and slide them into the top of his waist (the wider opening). Make sure the bottom of his pelvis tilts backwards.  

  3. Thighs, Shins, and Feet: With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's thigh away from you. Glue the A tabs to the insides of the thigh. Glue the B tab to the inside to close the thigh. Glue the C tabs to create his knee cap. You may need to use a pen or pencil to get the tabs to stay in place while they dry. Glue the D tab to close Jack's rear end. Repeat these steps for the other thigh.  

  4. With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's shin away from you. Close the shin by gluing the A tab to the inside of the shin to create a rectangular stick. Repeat these steps for the other shin. Leave the B tabs for now. This is where you will attach the shin to the thigh. Note the lighter blue tab on each shin; this indicates it is the front of Jack's leg.  

  5. With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's foot away from you. Glue the A tabs to the inside of the foot to create the ankle. Glue the B tabs to close the foot. Repeat these steps for the other foot.  

  6. To attach Jack's feet to his shins, spread glue on the black tabs at the top of his ankles and slip them into the bottom of his shin (the end opposite of the B tabs).  

  7. To attach Jack's shins to his thighs, spread glue on the B tabs at the top of the shin and slip them into the bottom (the thinner opening) of the corresponding thigh.  

  8. To attach Jack's completed legs to his waist/pelvis, spread glue on the inside of the front and back flaps that stick up from Jack's thigh. Slip the bottom of his waist into the thigh. Hold the back and front flaps in place until they dry.  

  9. Right Arm: With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's right forearm/hand away from you. Glue the A tab to the inside of the arm and then the B tab. Close the arm by gluing the C tab. Glue the D tabs to create his wrist and glue the hand together so the design is now two-sided. Make sure the pieces are lined up before the glue dries. Glue the E tab to the inside of the piece next to it to create Jack's elbow.  

  10. With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's right shoulder/bicep away from you. Close the shoulder/bicep piece by gluing the A tab to the inside of the arm to create a rectangular stick. Glue the B tabs to create his shoulder. Leave the C tabs for now; you will use these to attach the arm to Jack's body.  

  11. To attach the right forearm to the right shoulder/bicep, spread glue on the F tabs of the forearm/hand and slide them into the bottom of the shoulder/bicep (the end opposite of the C tabs). Fold and glue the extra flap hanging off of the shoulder/bicep around the elbow to secure it.  

  12. Left Arm: With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's left forearm/hand away from you. Close the arm by gluing the A tab. Glue the D tabs to create his wrist and glue the hand together so the design is now two-sided. Make sure the pieces are lined up before the glue dries.  

  13. With the design facing you, make all of the folds in Jack's left shoulder/bicep away from you. Close the shoulder/bicep piece by gluing the A tab to the inside of the arm to create a rectangular stick. Glue the B tabs to create his shoulder. Leave the C tabs for now; you will use these to attach the arm to Jack's body.  

  14. To attach the left forearm to the left shoulder/bicep, spread glue over the C tabs on the forearm/hand and slip them into the bottom of Jack's shoulder/bicep. Make sure his thumb and shoulder are going in the correct direction (his left thumb pointing towards his body).  

  15. To attach the arms, spread glue on the C tabs and press them to the sides of Jack's torso (they will contour around the fold). For the left arm you may want to glue the top tab over the top of his back to secure it.  

  16.  Almost finished! Make all of the folds in Jack's coattails away from you. Fold the coattails in half and glue them so the part that will hang down is now two-sided. Spread glue on the white side of the top of the coattails and glue it by wrapping it around the back of Jack's waist (like you would tie a sweater around your waist).  

  17.  Finally, glue his necktie to the front of his neck and you are done!  

  18. You may want to glue Jack's feet to a cardboard base to help him stand up on his own.

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