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Making a Skeleton Costume

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A skeleton is a classic homemade costume idea that can be easy to make with black clothes and white paint, or can be more complex. This is a page on making a skeleton costume.


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October 23, 2007

Approx craft time: 1 1/2 hours or less (minus washing time)



To make a skeleton costume for pennies, use a plain black shirt or sweatshirt and black pants. You might have one or both, or be able to find them very inexpensively at a thrift store.

  1. Take the pieces and lay them out on a piece of white fabric. An old sheet works well.
  2. Pin to secure and trace around the outside to give yourself a template.

    Unpin and remove clothing.
  3. Use a pencil to sketch bone shapes.
  4. When you are happy with your design, go over outline with black permanent marker.
  5. Cut the entire design out in a rough oval.
  6. If there are visible pencil marks, wash gently. Starch heavily with spray starch and iron.
  7. If you want to add glow-in-the-dark paint, you can do it at this point, and dry thoroughly.
  8. Cut on black lines.
  9. Pin to clothing, baste (if you like) and sew.
  10. If you want to get really "fancy", you can even do finer work on black gloves.

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October 24, 20050 found this helpful

Take an old black sweat suit and paint bones on it with white paint. Use glow-in-the-dark paint and it will look extra spooky. You also can glue on white felt or a glow-in-the-dark material for the bones.

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