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Skeleton Invitations

Frightening fetes call for equally spirited invitations. This Halloween, lure party-goers to your haunted house with a bone-rattling skeleton.




The creatures have movable body parts, attached with miniature brads, which make them compact to send and spook-tacular to receive.


  • Skeleton template
  • White heavyweight matte paper
  • Microhole punch
  • White-gel-ink pen
  • White miniature brads
  • #10 envelopes


  1. Step 1

    Download the skeleton template.

  2. Step 2

    Color-photocopy templates at 125 percent (or download images and print) onto white heavyweight matte paper. Cut out parts with scissors. (For thicker invitations, affix copies to black card stock with spray adhesive, then cut out parts.)

  3. Step 3

    At joints, make holes using a microhole punch. Secure limbs on top of body with white miniature brads.

  4. Step 4

    Write details using a white-gel-ink pen. Fold in parts; enclose card in a #10 envelope.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2008



Reviews (12)

  • Lovebindsus 1 Mar, 2014

    How do you enter the text before you print the skeleton?

  • MotleyCrafts 19 Oct, 2011

    Like another person commented - the arms are wrong. So I fixed this before I made them - love it - they turned out great. I found black envelopes at Hobby Lobby.

  • CorrieS 15 Oct, 2011

    These turned out really cute. Instead of special ordering, or running all over town searching, we spray-painted business sized envelopes matte black. It was my sister's fabulous (and inexpensive) idea. Each envelope was unique, and looked like the night sky. Very cool!

  • PrettyLittleNest 12 Oct, 2010

    I, too, tweaked these invitations (in InDesign) to add my party info before printing.
    Does it bug anyone else that the thumbs are on the wrong side of the hand? (Maybe I'm just too OCD).

  • goldenleef 26 Sep, 2010

    Actually it is

  • goldenleef 26 Sep, 2010

    You can get the envelopes at

  • aimbelpat 24 Oct, 2009

    Find the microhole punch and mini brads at any scrapbooking store.

  • Jennaj 7 Oct, 2009

    where do you get the #10 envelope.

  • watcurb 5 Nov, 2008

    where do you find the microhole punch and mini brads?

  • yellowochre 1 Nov, 2008

    I altered the text on it to send to someone with a Halloween birthday and made a black envelope from construction paper. Instead of buying mini-brads I attached the arms and legs with tiny pieces of very thin jewelry wire which worked great.

  • garciatq 13 Oct, 2008

    Easiest "handmade" invitations! The black cardstock placed to the backing was a great idea! Martha's ultra fine glitter added thinly around the edge made for a 3-D effect. Too cute!

  • Lonihawk 24 Sep, 2008

    These are the easiest invitations to create. The template works out great! I glued the template to the back of black card stock and then cut out the skeleton. Such a fun idea! THANKS!