Finally,  here are the free patterns and instructions for the Kings in the Halloween Chess Set!

The Skeleton King and The Grim Reaper King


I’m saving the Witch Queen for the next, and last, blog in this series.  But don’t worry, I have many more ideas for future blogs.  Including, but not limited to, a chess board to go with the chess set – if there is interest expressed. Please let me know.


Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions for the kings, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past three posts, the patterns need to be printed the correct size. I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it. When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd. To check your sizing, the scythe blade on the pattern should be 3  1/4 inches long from tip to tip.


Pattern Link:

Skeleton and Grim Reaper Patterns


Instruction Links:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Skeleton

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Grim Reaper




Above is a close up of the skeleton to help you get an idea of how to paint the face. Painting the rest of it is pretty basic. Below are pictures showing the steps to making the hands for both the skeleton, and the grim reaper. These steps are outlined in the instructions, but I’m also writing them here to go along with the pictures to make sure you have no problems.  They’re quite easy, and fun, once you know how!


Making the hands: step one

Step 1: Holding two 1  1/2 inch long 3mm chenille stems side by side, take a 3  inch long chenille stem and wrap it once around the center of both of the short ones. Make sure that there is 1  1/2 inches of the long stem left to be used for the arm.



Hands - step two

Step 2: The short stems are the four fingers.  Bend them so that they are in line with the arm stem, but pointing in the opposite direction of the arm.



Hand - step three

Step 3: Take the end of the long stem that you just wrapped around the short stems, and twist it so that it is perpendicular to the arm and fingers.



Hand - step four

Step 4: Wrap the long stem tightly around the four fingers once or twice and bring it underneath the hand so it’s sticking out like a thumb.



Hand - step five

Step 5: Now just trim the fingers and thumb to the right lengths so it looks like a hand. Use your hand for a guide.



Hand - step 6

Step 6: This step is for the Grim Reaper.  This is actually step 16 on the instruction sheets that you should have downloaded. To bend his hand so it’s pointing straight at whomever is in front of him, bend all of his fingers around a dowel, except for the pointer finger.  Leave that one straight.  Then position the thumb over the other fingers in a life-like manner, slide the dowel out of his hand, and there you are!

The pointing finger of the Grim Reaper

You might have to re-position his hand a bit after you glue his arm to his body.


Well, that’s it for now.  Come back on October 24th for the exciting conclusion when I will be featuring the Witch Queen who started it all! (See the Halloween Chess Set Blog that was posted last August for more information.)