DIY Skeleton Monster

Here’s a brand new monster creation, circa Halloween 2016!

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I have been searching for the perfect life size skeleton for some time.  Unfortunately, most of the models I have seen in the past have either been out of the price range that I was willing to spend, or crap quality.

This year, I happened to find a really good one for around $30 at my local hardware store (come on guys, it has light up eyes and it’s posable!), but it was broken.  Most of the frame was still in tact, however the neck was cracked.  Fortunately, the store ended up having additional skeletons in the back that hadn’t been put out onto the floor yet, and they also gave me the broken one for mere pennies!

As soon as I got home, I knew immediately what I was going to do with them.  I placed the intact skeleton in an old rocking chair out on my front porch so he would rock creepily every time there was a gust of wind.  The broken skeleton was going to be my fall project.

I initially wanted to completely repair the skeleton’s broken neck, then fancy it up to make it look like a glowing-eyed zombie crawling out of the bushes, but things were really hectic at work this year and I ended up not having time to repair the break as securely as I’d hoped to.  Maybe next year?

Anyhow, if you’re wondering how I transformed a plastic skeleton into this, keep reading.

I first added texture by applying gauzy fabric to the skeleton and arranging it as I saw fit.  I used hot glue to attach the fabric in some places.  In others, I simply tied it.

For hair, I used a random mop.  After placing a piece of masking tape over the on/off switch and battery door, I cut the strings off the mop in varying lengths.  Working from the lowest part of the head up, I arranged them how I wanted them and just glued each strand in place using hot glue.

After adding some gauzy fabric and creating the head of hair, I created the effect of decay using some monster mud (more on that here) and plain old acrylic paints.

Overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and a lot of friends and neighbors were pretty into it.

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