Scary Bones Costume


  • Black sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • DecoArt Americana Snow (Titanium) White Acrylic Paint
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paints: Hauser Dark Green, Dark Chocolate, Christmas Red


  • DecoArt Textile Medium
  • Loew-Cornell: American Painter Flat Paintbrush, Series 4550, 1”; Sea Wool Sponge
  • Compressed sponges, 8”x11”, three

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, plastic bags (to cover surface), disposable plastic cups



  • 1. Adults help smaller kids cut bones from compressed sponges.

Scary Bones

  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut patterns from sponges. Wet sponges with water; squeeze out excess.
  • 2. Cover work surface with plastic bags. Line inside of sweatshirt and sweatpants with plastic bags.
  • 3. Mix Snow (Titanium) White paint and textile medium in plastic cup. Use paintbrush to apply paint to one sponge pattern piece.
  • 4. Press sponge pattern piece onto sweatshirt, hold for a few seconds, and then remove. Let dry.
  • 5. Repeat, using all pattern pieces on sweatshirt and sweatpants. Refer to photo for placement. Let dry.
  • 6. Using 1/2” piece of sea sponge, sponge Dark Chocolate around edges of bones. Wash sponge. Repeat using Hauser Dark Green and Christmas Red, washing sponge between each paint color. Let dry.
  • 7. Remove plastic bags from sweatshirt and sweatpants. Heat set costume in dryer on low heat for 30 minutes.


  • 1. For an even creepier look, add a little glow-in- the-dark medium or paint to your textile medium/white paint mixture! Visit your local craft store for a variety of acrylic and fabric glow-in-the-dark paints!
  • 2. Teach your kids the names of the bones in the human body as you sponge paint the skeleton together!
by Sandy Parpart


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