DIY Halloween Skeleton Costume

DIY Halloween Skeleton Costume

If you don’t like to paint, this skeleton costume is also perfect to be done in applique technique, here are the steps:
1. Applique Technique
1. print it on the paper side of the fusible web or heat ‘n bond,
2. fix the fusible web on a piece of white fabric (must be thick enough so that it can cover the black background) as per instruction
3. cut all the “bones” out from the white fabric
4. arrangement the “bones” on the black pajama,
5. Iron to stick them

2. Stencil Technique

DIY Halloween Skeleton Costume

Download: Skeleton Template

1. Footed Pajama (preferably plain without any applique, printing, embroidery etc)
2. Dye, Black ( I prefer cold dye + dye fix)
3. A4 /Letter size Sticker Paper or Freezer paper (6 pcs)
4. Acrylic Paint, White (thick type so that you can cover the black background)
5. Acrylic Paint, black for touch-up and cover the metal button to black
6. Fabric medium
7. Some card boards
8. Glow in the dark powder (optional)


1. Printer (inkjet or bubblejet or even dot matrix, but not laser printer please)
2. Craft Knife + Cutting Mat
3. Brush (about 1″ wide)
4. Small container
5. Spatula/spoon
6. Well ventilated room

Skeleton PrintablePrint the stencil artwork onto either sticker papers or freezer papers. Print only the 6 real-size pages, not the cover page.
This original size is for 2 year-old toddler, resize it to suit if needed.

How to make a skeleton costumeGet ready the materials and tools. The photos didn’t show all the materials, please refer to the list above.
Dye your footed pajama in black according to the instruction attached in the dye tin. I prefer to use cold dye, it is easy and hassleless, do remember to include the cold dye fix (2 sachets for black).
Wash and dry the pajama.

How to make a skeleton costumeWhile waiting for the pajama to get ready (need at least 3 hours for the dye to set), print out the stencil artwork on the sticker papers or freezer papers.
Tip: if you intend to do it for toddle other than 2 year-old, I would suggest that you print on the plain papers to check for the correct size that able to fit into your pajama.

How to make a skeleton costumeCut the outlines with a sharp craft knife (use a new blade). This is the most time consuming because you have to do it slowly to get the perfect outlines.
How to make a skeleton costumeCut some cardboards and insert them into the pajama. This will not only smooth out the fabric but also to prevent staining the back of the pajama when you paint.
If your buttons are not in black color, paint it with black acrylic to cover.
Arrange the stencils on the pajama, stick the stencil artwork if you are absolutely satisfy with the position.
Raise a corner of the sticker and peel off the backing slowly. Don’t take the whole sticker up, maintain it in the correct position while you peel and stick portion by portion.
If you are using freezer paper, just iron them (with wax side down) to the pajama to stick it.

How to make a skeleton costumeMake sure all edges at the outline are adhered properly, otherwise the white paint will leak out and stained outside the intended area.
Use a heavy body white acrylic paint. Scoop about 1 table spoon of acrylic paint to a small container, add in glow-in-the-dark powder if you have, stir evenly.
Apply the paint to the pajama by using stippling or dabbing method with a dry brush.

How to make a skeleton costumeStart with a small amount of paint for the first layer, just dab all over the stencil area. It won’t make the whole area white immediately, the whiteness will increase gradually, layer by layer.
Take note on the button area, leave the buttons open so that you can paint the inside.
Wait for the first layer to dry, take about 30 minutes. Touch the painted area lightly to check if it has dried.
Scoop and mix a fresh acrylic paint for each layer.
For the second layer onwards, you can put more paint on it because the first layer already sealed the edges of the stencil to prevent any smearing or paint leaking out.

How to make a skeleton costumeAlways remember to wait for the paint to dry before stippling the next layer.
After 4-5 layers, you should be able to get a satisfactory whiteness.
Wait for it to dry before stripping off the stencil sticker.
Acrylic paint is rubbery when dry, so when you remove the sticker do it slowly to prevent tearing off the edges of the paint.
Apply touch-up if needed.

How to make a skeleton costume

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  1. Hola, No celebro halloween pero aprecio y admiro tu trabajo y el excelente tutorial.

    Translation (by Google):
    Hello, not celebrate Halloween but I appreciate and admire your work and the excellent tutorial. Besitos.

  2. This is fabulous! What a fun and warm costume. Thanks for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  3. wow looked awesome an simple

  4. What a cute project, and you’ve given such detailed instructions. I’ll be sharing this link as well.

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  6. Do you know a goo way to make this into an adult size?

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  8. Excellent ideas for creating a skeleton costume. I love the idea of painting the design on with acrylic paint.

  9. Where did you find a plain footed pajama? I’m having trouble finding one…thanks!

  10. Thank you for this skeleton pattern. I made it for my grandson & it is so cute on him. I painted the fabric bones with glo paint so he would glow in the dark. Made the black suit out of fleece using a costume pattern for a bear. Darling!

  11. I used your tutorial and my 18 month old son’s costume turned out so cute! I ended up using a black turtle neck and black sweatpants as I couldn’t find non-embellished zip up jammies. I cut the bones out of white fabric and used fusible backing to iron them onto the clothing. The bones were exactly right for his size and I love how it looks! Thanks for the great pattern!

  12. This is so great! I need to make this costume for myself haha, I just bought a skeleton costume for my 1 year old son and I wanted to match with him :). Thank you.

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  17. Am I missing something? I cannot find the actual template for cutting out the bones.

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