FaBOOlous DIY: Skeleton Bones Sweatshirt Inspired by McQueen

{L to R: Ke$ha, Alexander McQueen, Disney Dancing Skulls, Heidi Klum}

I must confess Halloween is my least favorite holiday of the year… don’t judge me! Thanksgiving is my favorite obviously because it’s all about food, family, friends and football. So needless to say creating a Halloween costume is not my top priority. This DIY project is perfect for those of you out there that, like me, are less than thrilled about the idea of Halloween costumes. You can still feel festive in this glitter sweater inspired by the late great Alexander McQueen’s love of skulls and bones.

Materials: Sweatshirt, Glitter, Skeleton Stencil, Glue, Brush

Tracking down a skeleton stencil proved to be a major problem for me, but as they say, “if at first you don’t succeed…make your yourself.” Ok that don’t actually say that, but making my own skeleton stencil is a piece of cake. I found an outline of a skeleton that I liked online (click here for the image). Then I headed to my nearest Kinkos where I used their copier to blow up the image and print it at the desired size. Once I returned to my studio, I took out my exacto knife and cut out the image making the perfect stencil. Total cost was 15 cents which was much cheaper than any stencil I would have bought from a craft store!

Apply glue to the sweatshirt through the holes in the stencil

Add glitter! Lots and lots of glitter!

Remove stencil and voila!

This reminds me of the Walt Disney Dancing Skeleton short. Do you guys remember that? (Click here to watch it out on YouTube.) My grandmother had a VHS of vintage Disney shorts that I would watch when I visited at her house as a little girl. This movie is also part of the reason why I’m not much of a fan of Halloween. It scared the living daylights out of me and played into my fear of the dark.


34 responses

  1. bone chillingly BOOtiful 🙂

    October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

  2. OMG, I’m obsessed with skulls and bones, and will make this and rock it year round!!! Great job Kristen!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:19 am

  3. hahaha so cute & I remember those Disney shorts!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

  4. I loveeeeee it!

    thank youuuuuuu dear for your lovely ideas!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

  5. So cute! Nice work.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

  6. spooktacular!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

  7. LOVE it!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  8. This is great! Must try it! 😉

    October 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

  9. Great DIY! Love it!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

    October 19, 2011 at 6:23 am

  10. Do you think the glitter will come off over time from washing it? Or is it better to wash it by hand?

    October 19, 2011 at 6:44 am

  11. wow, your newest diy is awesome 🙂

    p.s. glad you’re posting more often 🙂

    October 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

  12. This is pretty freaking rad!

    October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

  13. I love it! I am going to make this and see if my manager notices it when I wear it to work close to Halloween, lol.

    October 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  14. Visual Girl

    I have the same question about the glitter coming off when washing. Please advise, cuz this is a great project and the answer to a tasteful “costume” for the work place!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    • I def would not recommend washing this in the washing machine. You might be able to get away with taking it to a dry cleaner, but I would ask them before you leave it with them. As far as the glitter coming off I recommend a coat of Modge Podge to seal in the glitter. Good luck and send me a picture if you do the project. I’d love to see!

      October 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

  15. LOVE this! Very cool. Sent here from Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

  16. Made my own version. Love this idea!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

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  18. OK this is awesome…. totally doing this!!

    October 28, 2011 at 8:19 am

  19. Really cool idea!! Love how it turned out!

    October 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

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  21. Just now seeing your awesome DIY Skeleton shirt and I wanted to show you something really similar that I also came up with this past Fall. Pretty much the same idea – except I found this great glitter foam that has a sticky backing, giving you some 3D detail and skipping the glitter mess! Check it out: http://www.gunghoguides.com/blogs/view/DIY-3

    February 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

  22. que lindo!!!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  23. Stéphani

    vou comprar as coisas amanha mesmo!

    July 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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  26. Such a great idea! Looks great!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

  27. I love this! I’m going to make one too!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

  28. I continue loving your ideas

    October 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

  29. Wonderful idea and it turned out pretty easy to make according to the pics, Very creative girl! 🙂

    October 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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  33. awesome idea

    October 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

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