We have already made the organ patterns the size you need for your body, so there is no scaling to do. You just need a body. Here’s how we made ours.
- Foam – I used 2 pieces about 1 metre long, 50cm wide and 2.5cm deep.
- Roll of paper (1 metre of wallpaper or wrapping paper is ideal)
- Pen or pencil
- Sharp scissors
- 1.5m Skin-toned stretch fabric (like t-shirt fabric)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Matching thread, needle
- Draw a child on a roll of paper – I cheated and drew around my daughter, who was a smallish 8 year old at the time.
- Stick the 2 pieces of foam together to make a piece about 5cm thick. Copydex spread thinly works, or a hot glue gun. I’m sure there are lots of other suitable glues.
- Transfer the drawing to the foam using the chalk. Make sure the neck is wide enough to support the head and check it looks in proportion.
- Stand back and check it looks in proportion again, making any necessary changes.
- Make sure the glue is dry and, using sharp scissors, cut out the body. You can round the edges by holding the scissors at an angle.
- Hollow out the chest cavity through one layer of foam.
- Once you are happy with the body, use the hot glue gun to stick fabric to the back then front of the skeleton. You may want to stitch it for a better finish, in places like the arms and legs.
- Cut an extra piece of fabric to cover the top of the chest. Cut it in half and sew in a zip.
- Glue or sew the chest onto the skeleton.