Halloween legitimizes all sorts of bizarre ideas and takes them mainstream. So the next time you silently chew on your chicken, don’t be afraid of recycling the bones. At this time of year, you will not be considered a crackpot, and you’ll be helping your children think beyond the typical costume offerings at the local Walmart. It’s always good to encourage originality.
- chicken bones
- leather string or similar
- drill and drill bit
1. Make sure you and your family eat a few chickens between now and Halloween. Save the bones and scrub them gently in warm soapy water until clean. Lay them out on a cloth until dry.
2. Lay your dry bones out in a pattern you would like for your necklace. You can aim for smallest to largest to smallest, or a random design.
3. If you don’t already have a selection of drill bits in one of those kits that offers a zillion size options, take the string you will be using to a hardware store where they can advise on the size you’ll need. The bit will need to be slightly larger than your string. Drill a hole near the top of each bone, thread the string through, and tie a knot at the end. If you want to create a little space between each bone, make a small knot in between them (see photo). In Toronto, a great selection of leather strings can be found at Arton Beads. You can also combine the bones with other things like feathers and mini skulls, easily found at dollar stores and bead shops.