Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – Halloween Art Ideas for Kids

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Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – Halloween Art Ideas for Kids

I’ve been trying to come up with more fun, age-appropriate Halloween art ideas for kids and I think these skeleton paintings are a really great one.

Maia and I made full-sized tape resist skeleton paintings a couple weeks ago and have been LOVING them as spooky cool Halloween decor.

The process was fun but not without its faults—we have some refining to do next time around.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – Halloween Art Ideas for Kids

How To Make Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings

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INSTRUCTIONS

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – tracing child

1. Trace person

First off, Maia and I traced each other onto the butcher paper.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – place tape

2. Add bones with tape

Then we worked together to add pieces of blue painters tape for the bones.

Maia mostly wanted to add the bones to my body, so I added many of them for her body. As you can see from the book in the upper right hand corner of the photo, we referred to our much-loved copy of See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes.

(I also wrote about using this book for body tracing art when Maia was much younger.)

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – create skeleton bones with tape

3. Paint over skeleton

Once the tape bones were in place, we painted over the whole skeleton (and much of the paper) with black tempera paint and then black BioColor paint when we ran out of the first.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – paint over skeletons

4. Let paint dry

We let our skeleton paintings dry.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – Remove tape when dry

5. Remove tape

And then pulled up the tape skeleton.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings –  ripped skeleton pieces

This step was actually trickier than it sounds.

In the past, we’ve done tape resist paintings on canvas, which worked great. The tape pulled right off.

But the tape was harder to pull off from the paper and in some (ok, many) spots pulled up parts of the paper with it, which was frustrating. But I went back over the skeleton with a glue stick and glued the paper bits (that you can see above) back down.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – skeleton

And the skeletons DO look pretty great.

However, next time I would either try to do this on an old white sheet—maybe with watered down acrylic paint.

OR

Try it on paper but use washi tape instead of masking tape. Washi tape is definitely more expensive, but it wouldn’t stick as much, and if you come across three packs for $1 clearance at the Habitat for Humanity store as I did, then it’s easier to justify using them this way.

UPDATE :: People have said to try pressing a piece of tape to your jeans first before placing it on the paper to make it easier to remove later.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – hanging on wall

Despite our difficulties removing the tape, in the end I think the tape resist skeletons worked well. We hung ours in our hallway.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – hanging in hallway

I LOVE how they look and spend too much time looking up from the computer at the one I can see through my office door.

Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings – finished skeleton

And besides making spooky, cool Halloween decor, the tape resist skeletons are a good way for kids to learn about the bones inside their body. And as Halloween art ideas for kids go, this one is pretty awesome.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Angie
    October 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Stick the masking tape to your pants once beforehand you stick it to the paper. It picks up just enough lint to not pull up the paper when you remove it.

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    Blayne
    October 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

    This is seriously the most amazing tape resist I have ever seen!! We love tape resist! Thank you for the idea! :)

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    Fernanda
    October 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This reminds me a little project we did in my playgroup. They played using glue and white powder and the little ones used stickers. The story is fun to read but it is in Spanish. However, the pics are fun to see too! http://lacasanaranja.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/puro-hueso-postal-de-un-dia-de-juego-libre-en-el-grupo-de-4-a-6-anos/
    Love, Fernanda

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    October 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’ve been wondering about a fix for this. THANK YOU!!!!

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    October 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I agree with Blayne…even the torn paper makes the skeletons MORE spooky. Great hint from Angie about pressing the tape to your clothes or a towel or something before sticking to the paper. Wow. I needed that. I love this project so much!!!!!!!!

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    molly
    October 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I cannot wait to do this. Now off to find our copy of See Inside Your Body (it really is a great book isn’t it?). Thanks Jean, as always, for your inspiring ideas. :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Awesome idea, Angie! THanks so much! We will definitely try that!!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    So glad you like the idea, Blayne! :)

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    Janet
    October 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    What a neat idea. We did this today and used Scotch tape that we left on. It was hard to see where we put the tape, but it came out great. If we do it again, we will go with the de-stickied masking tape. Thank you for the fun idea.

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    michelle
    October 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for this super nifty idea. It will be perfect for tomorrow after school – just in time for Halloween – can’t wait!

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    katie
    October 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    so spooky! we will be trying this soon. just for kicks- what about using glow in the dark paint for some aspect …

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    nancy
    October 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    these are great. i love looking at them!!

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    Montessori Beginnings
    October 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    These are so Awesome!! I’m trying to figure out how we can squeeze this in tomorrow night between pumpkin carving!

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    jackie
    October 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Omg, Jean! These are absolutely fantastic! I would LOVE to do these next year with the hooligans!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Yes! The torn paper does make the skeletons more spooky, but at the same time, I’m thankful for the hint from Angie. Glad you like the project, MaryAnn!! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What great pictures, Fernanda! What is the white powder?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Yep, it’s definitely a good book. I noticed when I linked to it on Amazon that it’s not available anymore (new anyway) which I thought was sad. It’s such an accessible book for a variety of ages, yet packed with REAL information.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Ooh, cool. Wish I could see!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Hope it works out for you, Michelle!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Glow in the dark paint would be pretty cool!!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hmmm… Good luck with that! :)

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    Megan
    October 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Thanks so much for this great project! By the way, it looks like you have a really cool white board calendar/bulletin board set up… any chance you can share this with us? I’ve been searching for the “perfect” calendar idea for a while, and yours is just what I’d envisioned, without actually making it happen!

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    Tauna W.
    November 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    This was so fun! I saw this post and we created these the very next day–myself with my 6 year old and 4 year old. They loved it!! Now it is by far my favorite Halloween decoration! They look so great! (and we stuck each piece of tape to our pants first and it worked perfectly)

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    Sarah
    November 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    We loved this, I’m not a big fan of halloween but this counts as art + science! Thanks very much for the idea!

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    Shelley Whiting
    November 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This project looked like it was a blast to do. A very fun and amasing art project.

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    Nancy
    November 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    You could also try a cheaper brand of painters tape that may be less sticky; perhaps some might be available from a dollar store. It’s a bonus that it is even cheaper, but you would need to experiment. Great art project!

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    Louise
    November 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    This is a fun idea! It would be fun to do every year and see how much bigger the kiddos get each year!

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    Allison S.
    November 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Oh my goodness I LOVE this idea…bummed I didn’t check in BEFORE Halloween! But now I’m thinking of how we could try this idea other ways. :) Love it! And what about using blue painters tape…wonder if that would work? We use it all the time for this and that- it always come off great!

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    Allison S.
    November 6, 2013 at 12:53 am

    oh duh- did not read thoroughly, so embarrassed! and I even saw the blue tape- just noticed you said it didn’t come up and that surprised me. Oh my gosh- so Sorry. :) Still can’t wait to try it! Seriously cute idea. :)

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    Lola
    November 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    What a great idea, it looks amazing! I’m going to check the book!

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    Marissa
    July 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I have a question:

    Have you ever tried using a white sheet instead of butcher block paper?
    Have you tried using painter tape, the green kind?
    Have you ever used a sponge roller to paint over the skeleton?
    I want to try this craft because it looks sooooo cool but I was wondering about these ideas first.

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