DIY Halloween: No-Sew Skeleton Halloween Costume (In Under 30 Minutes for Under $10)

Isaac is fascinated with bones. It all started when he was diagnosed with Perthes disease when he was 3 1/2 years old. Since then, he has had x-rays every 3 months.

At first, he was terrified of the x-ray machine. However, after seeing the x-rays, he was fascinated. Now, every time he gets an x-ray, we get a copy so that Isaac can “show off his bones.”

Considering this fascination with bones, can you guess what Isaac chose for his Halloween costume this year? If you guessed skeleton, you are right!

The only problem – he wanted his skeleton costume to have Perthes disease. Since I was never going to find a store-bought costume that fit the bill, I decided to take a shot at making a skeleton costume using the same techniques that I used to make Max’s pumpkin costume.

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Isaac’s skeleton costume took me about 30 minutes to make, and cost less than $10 (including a black shirt, but not his black jacket).

An added bonus of this style of costume is that it fits over all outerwear (light or heavy), so your child can wear it regardless of the weather where you live.

Supplies

  • Black felt (length depends on your child’s size)
  • White felt
  • Fabric glue or craft glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Scissors
  • Black jacket or shirt
  • Safety pins
  • Skeleton gloves (optional – available at craft stores and dollar stores for about $1.00)


Instructions

1. Cut a piece of black felt that is approximately the width of your child’s shoulders and double the length of your child’s torso.

You can use one of your child’s shirts as a template – just be sure to cut it about 1-2 inches wider and 3-5 inches longer than the shirt.

2. Cut a hole in the fabric large enough for your child’s head to fit through.

The easiest way to do this is to fold the fabric in half length-wise, and then cut a half circle. Again, you can use a shirt to measure this opening – just remember that the felt won’t stretch, so you will need to cut the hole a little bigger than the neck hole on a knit shirt.

3. Cut the sternum, pelvis, ribs, leg bones and arm bones, out of white felt (the hip joints on mine look different because my skeleton has Perthes disease like my son. Yours can look the same).

I did this free-hand, and I am definitely not an artist. These bones do not have to look perfect, however, if you need a little inspiration, there are lots of images of skeletons on the Internet to use as an example.

4. Using fabric glue or craft glue, attach the sternum, ribs, pelvis and leg bones to the black felt.
5. Using safety pins, attach the arm bones to your black shirt or jacket.

If you are using an old shirt, you can also use glue to attach the arm bones. I chose safety pins because I want to remove them from his jacket after Halloween.

This is a very versatile technique that can be used to make a variety of costumes. I’ve made a skeleton and pumpkin, but you could also use these instructions to make a ghost, monster head, box of cereal, etc. With a little imagination, the possibilities are endless.


Comments

  1. says

    Joseph is a skeleton, too! I bought black sweat pants and shirt, and glow-in-the-dark paint. I painted the bones on the sweats (it took 3 coats because it was interior wall paint. I couldn’t find glow-in-the-dark fabric paint), and it really worked! So cool!!!!!

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  2. […] Homemade Halloween costumes don’t need to be complicated or made from expensive materials.  Diana from Oy Vey A Day shows how she pulled together this skeleton costume for her son, in just 30 minutes and costing less than$10 in materials.  It’s made from craft felt and it’s put together entirely with glue or safety pins, so there’s no sewing required.   Quick and easy, and ready for some trick or treating!  Go to Oy Vey A Day for her tute. […]

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