Make a Skeleton for Halloween

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YOU GUYS IT’S OCTOBER, land of candy corn and bats! Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Have you already decorated your living space with spider webs from the 99cent store? Halloween is the most DIY of all the holidays, right? Like it just makes everyone more imaginative and resourceful, where other holidays rely on religion, traditions and family. Not that Halloween can’t be about family and tradition — my family regularly decorated my grandparents’ front yard with hay bales, lanterns, a caldron full of candy (my mom was the witch in charge of dispersal) and a coffin built by my grandfather, complete with a worm-infested cadaver. I mean, it was a family event to say the least, and we loved it. The cadaver was made using my grandfather’s old work clothes, stuffed and topped with a gruesome rubbery old man mask with fishing lures crawling from its eye holes, which I think was notably more inventive than the antique gravy boat that found its way to the Thanksgiving table every year.

Anyway the point is that kicking ass during the Halloween season requires you to really plan ahead and get creative. That’s why I’m telling you about this DIY decoration now — so you’ll have plenty of time to drink eight or nine gallons of milk before it’s too late.

aaaahhh a skeleton

This Recycled Jug Skeleton from Cut Out + Keep is so cute and also creepy and JOINTED, so you can pose him! It seems like something you’d really love. You just need some gallon and half gallon sized jugs, fishing line, push pins and brads, and a few other regular craft supplies and this little sucker could be yours in two short hours.

What are your Halloween traditions? Is Goodwill really an ‘official sponsor’ of Halloween? That’s not even a real thing, is it? Do you have any exciting craft projects for this joyous holiday?

Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here. She's 37, has two kids, two dogs, one cat, one Megan, and some personal essays.

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11 Comments

  1. woot! DIY post!!!! missed them!!!

    this takes me back to so many happy childhood memories! i was always the kid with the home made costume that stood out like a sore thumb among all the other kids fancy shiny new store bought ones. BUT i believe mine was made with more love then the other kids parents dirty dollars used to buy thiers. my mom would raid my dads or grandparents closets every year to make sure i had something great to wear! anywhere from a hobo to a 20s flapper!

    love you mom!!!!

    thanks for the post lady!

    • I always had homemade costumes, too! Fortunately my mom’s a whiz at sewing so they wound up pretty great. My favorite was the year I was Princess Leia, complete with cinnamon-bun hair my mom managed to wrangle somehow.

  2. When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween. My father cited religious beliefs and safety concerns for this but he’s not all that religious and regularly forgot to be home during “check-in” times when we were out so I think mostly he was just trying to be a pain. Anyway, I tend to go a little far now to make up for lost time and this will be a perfect addition! Thank you.

  3. Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday.
    A) I get to wear ridiculous clothing. More ridiculous than normal.
    B) It IS a crafty holiday. I can do things like carve pumpkins and make skeletons out of milk jugs, which I will totally be doing.
    C) CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY
    D) CANDY CORN CANDY CORN CANDY CORN CANDY CORN

  4. Y’all I just had to share my Halloween plans…I am going to carve one big pumpkin into a Pac-Man and have smaller, round, white pumpkins for it to eat.

    And to further increase the nerdy/awesome level, I’m either going to dress as Starbuck from BSG or the 11th Doctor from Dr Who.

  5. @BookBound,

    Thanks sounds like the coolest idea yet! Pac-man is a classic and to bring it to life in the way you are in awesome! And here I was thinking I was going to be “awesome” by carving a pumpkin and having the seeds and “guts” falling out of the mouth. Not original I know, but I still think it’s funny.

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