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So it’s the day before Halloween and you don’t have a costume; no worries, I have the solution: Skeleton/Sugar Skull. That’s right, and you can whip this bad boy up with a quick trip to the store and an about an hour start to finish. To kick things off, we start with a spiffy DIY from the craft queen herself, Ms. Martha Stewart, a quick and easy skeleton shirt (video tutorial here). I found this project perusing Pinterest for a non-facepaint way to add a bit more pizzazz to Andy’s Halloween costume (a black Sith Lord robe). I modified the technique a bit to make use of the supplies I already have on hand (you can see my notes below), but the end result was exactly as Martha intended.
Print front and back rib cage templates. Trim first page on solid line and match to dotted line on second page; tape together.
Pinch front of white T-shirt at center of neck and pull forward, lining up sleeve and side seams, to create a fold down center front of shirt. Lay T-shirt flat on a cutting mat with this fold to the right.
Spray repositionable adhesive on back of front rib cage template. Place on folded front side of T-shirt, lining up vertical line with fold.
Cut horizontal rib lines with a small rotary cutter. Leaving T-shirt flat, cut curved areas with fabric scissors.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create ribs on the back of the T-shirt, using the back rib template and lining up vertical line with back fold.
Peel off templates. Unfold T-shirt and wear over a black shirt.
- I lacked the repositionable spray so I adapted by cutting out the black parts of the template, securing the half way line with straight pings and the tracing the shapes onto the fabric with chalk. As far as I can tell it’s wasn’t any more difficult than the original method.
If you want something simple you can stop here, but if you want to take you look to the next level, follow this tutorial for Dia de los Muertos Makeup and throw on a flower crown. Easy Peasy and fairly inexpensive.
When it comes to crafting, I am not afraid to put in some serious effort if it means creating something I really want. However, when it comes to something that is more of an obligation than a “want”, I prefer to work smart instead of hard. Halloween is one of those times for me. I love the candy, the spooky decorations, and the pumpkin carving madness, but costumes tend to be more of a burden than anything else. I mean, I’ve been a cat 3 times in the last 5 years. I never know how to quite get that crucial mix of cute/sexy/cleaver/funny/office appropriate. Now the ladies behind Studio DIY are experts when it comes to whipping up a great costume, but they also have some wonderfully quick and simple DIY costumes that can be thrown together the night before. I find their fruit costumes delightful and very a-peeling (that one is for you Andy) 😉
So cute, right!? I think it would be a lot of fun to do with with a large group of friends or coworkers. With a little construction paper and hot glue, you can have a whole produce section in a couple of hours. Now if you’re not really feeling the fruit vibe, you can check out all of the costume DIY’s here.
Note: The Kiwi and the Watermelon were part of a series of classes they did for Good Housekeeping that are no longer available, but if you scroll down the page, they’ve made a list of supplies and a brief how to so you can still make it work.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with costumes. Growing up I was a dress-up fiend, ballerina, mermaid, every shade of princess or fairy imaginable; I did it all. As I got older though, I developed a bit of distaste for store bought costumes. Especially ones that have a picture of the character you’re dressing up as on them. I didn’t want to be someone wearing a picture of a princess or a fairy. I wanted, as much as I was able, to be that character. This is something that has continued into adult-hood. So much so that I usually don’t participate in Halloween. Or if I do, it’s mainly a clever way to get away with wearing PJ’s or lounge wear to the office. All that being said, there are people who kick so much ass at the art of dressing up, that it inspires my inner 5 year old and makes her want to play some next level dress up. Pinterest, as many of you are aware, provides tons of this particular kind of inspiration. Below are some of my favorite concepts for Halloween this year.
I did rock the cat face a few years ago. It was the perfect excuse to make myself a gorgeous pair of black rhinestone cat ears. Oh yeah, and I still wear them 😉
All these images are from my Halloween Pinterest board.