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How to Make a Bone Door Knocker

For this spooky setup, we turned fake bones into a clever Halloween door ornament

an entryway with a fake bone door knocker
Photo by Julian Wass

What better way to welcome your neighborhood's resident witches, ghouls, and goblins to your home than by tricking out your front door. For this spooky setup, we turned bones (fake, of course) into a knocker. To do it yourself, you'll need your own faux bones. But forget plastic; instead, look to anatomical-model companies for lifelike casts made from polyurethane or resin. Then just arm yourself with a drill/driver, some screws, and a can of black spray paint—and prepare to see some very surprised faces approach your walkway on Halloween.


Steps // How to Make a Bone Door Knocker
1 ×

Assemble the Bones

 
Step One // How to Make a Bone Door Knocker

Assemble the Bones

drilling a pilot hole into a fake bone
Photo by Julian Wass

For the knocker, you'll need two replica vertebrae and a tibia (about $5 each and $20, respectively; The Bone Room). Place the smaller end of the tibia between the two vertebrae, as shown. Holding the arrangement securely, carefully drill a pilot hole (it should go through each vertebra and into the tibia) in each side.

 
2 ×

Pin the Bones Together

 
Step Two // How to Make a Bone Door Knocker

Pin the Bones Together

fastening two fake bones together
Photo by Julian Wass

Drive a stainless-steel trim-head screw through the pilot holes you just made. You may need to tighten or loosen the screws slightly to accommodate inconsistencies in the angle, shape, or curve of the bones.

 
3 ×

Cut a Mounting Plate

 
Step Three // How to Make a Bone Door Knocker

Cut a Mounting Plate

drilling pilot holes into the mounting block
Photo by Julian Wass

We used a 1x4, trimmed to fit discreetly under the top of the knocker, but you can size and shape the block any way you like. Paint it the color of your front door so that it disappears from view.

Brace the block on a piece of scrap wood, and drill pilot holes sized to match ¼-inch deck screws.

 
4 ×

Mount the Knocker to a Block

 
Step Four // How to Make a Bone Door Knocker

Mount the Knocker to a Block

fastening the mounting block to the fake bones
Photo by Julian Wass

Then, working from the underside of the block, drive a 1¼-inch deck screw through the wood and into the back of each vertebra. Affix the knocker to your door with removable mounting tape that you can easily peel off at the end of the season.

 
 
 

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