Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY Skeleton Costume

It's almost Halloween!  I love love love this holiday and I ALWAYS dress up.  I'm usually quite proud of my costumes, but this year I didn't have any Halloween plans.  So, instead of going all out just so I could sit on the couch and wait for trick or treaters, I decided to go a little simpler.  And when you need a simple costume, there is no better resource than Martha Stewart.

I took her skeleton shirt idea and adapted it a little.  Here is what I did:

You will need:
  • 1 black t-shirt (long sleeves are a must in Minnesota, but short sleeve would work just fine!)
  • Martha Stewart front rib cage template
  • Scissors
  • White chalk
  • White paint (craft paint or fabric paint work fine)
  • Paintbrush
Print out the template and cut it according to the directions so that they line up to form one set of ribs.

Then, cut out the black portions of the template.

Line it up on the right side of the shirt (your left), and trace the ribs with the white chalk.

Flip the template to the other side and repeat.

Remove the template and place a newspaper or brown paper inside the shirt to prevent the white paint from bleeding through.  Fill in the ribs with white paint.  This works best if you do a little outline, then fill the rest in.

Allow to dry, then wear!
 I'll be sporting mine with a little hand painted mask... pictures to come!


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