Easy DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton Costume


glow in the dark skeleton costumes

Shopping for new Halloween costumes that your little ones want to show off?  How about making a DIY glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume that can be cheaper and has your own personal touch?

Making your own skeleton costume to wear on Halloween can be more fun and fulfilling than those store-bought ones.  A dark skeleton costume will surely give that eerie theme to this Halloween costume plus, the glow in the dark will help an artful parent like you recognize your little ones, of course, in the dark.  

This can even be a fun family activity. It’s now time to make your own Halloween crafts with these costumes your little ones will love!

Are you ready to make your own glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume?

Try this Halloween art idea and make a skeleton costume that glows at night while bonding with your family doing this craft!

These are fun and easy costume ideas for kids who don’t like to wear a full costume more than to enjoy the fun and festivities.  And an artful parent always has the edge in giving their kids the best.

Glow-in-the-dark HTV can give any crafter goosebumps for this specialty vinyl is the real deal! Glow-in-the-dark HTV looks simple and beautiful during the day but looks more appealing, cool, and fascinating to the human eye in a dark room or at night.

This HTV is smooth, glossy, and pressure sensitive, which allows you to make intricate design patterns, even skeleton bones to any clothing, that you can easily cut and weed. This is stretchable and easy to transfer vinyl. This durable HTV can withstand multiple washes even when placed in a washing machine.

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Image from TeckWrap Craft

You will need

Black t-shirt,

Black bottom

Black gloves

Teckwrap Craft Glow-in-the-dark Heat Transfer Vinyl,

Free printable skeleton template.

Step 1: Create Your Design

To create your fun skeleton costume for kids, you must lay out your design, and in this case, since you already have a skeleton template, it is ready for printing.  But if you want to doodle your own cool Halloween design and use your drawing pens or pencils, you may do so.  

Though, designing is easier and more convenient if you use software installed on your computers like Cricut Design Space or any printer compatible with vinyl printing.

Print the skeleton template on the vinyl of your choice using a compatible printer.  TeckWrap Craft has different glow-in-the-dark colors you may choose from.

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Step 2:  Cut and Weed

To print your design, set the image to mirror or reverse.  Adjust the machine’s settings to the ideal vinyl cut using a TeckWrap Craft cutting mat.

Then, weed out excess HTV.

Weeding is easier and faster if you have the right tools. A weeding tool is very helpful with intricate designs. TeckWrap Craft has a lot of weeding tools that you can choose from - tweezers, a weeder, and a weeding pen.

Step 3:  Prepare Shirt, Bottom, and Gloves

Prepare the shirt, bottom, and gloves by washing them clean and drying them up before setting them for the process.  Once they’re ready, you may proceed to the next steps.

Lay the top and bottom, plus the gloves, on a flat surface to look at the actual form of the whole skeleton.  This view will help you apply the vinyl to the proper position.

Step 4:  Position and Press

Let’s go back to the top, bottom, and gloves you laid on the floor!

It’s about time to put the skeleton bones decal that you prepared (weeded and all) on the shirt and pants you laid down on the surface.  The leg bones must go on top of the pants, the hands to the gloves, etc.

Position your decal by using a measuring tape to accurately get their distances. Instead of HTV, you also use paint for clothing that you may use to color the skeleton.

Cover your T-shirt decal with a clean cloth or an ironing sheet before pressing.  Then, press the glow-in-the-dark shirt, bottom, and gloves.

Pressing is not pressuring you to use a pressing machine, for you may use a household iron to do the job, and you’ll still have a successful project.

You can read this blog post for more details about the appropriate temperature for the heat press. If you are thinking about layering your t-shirt decal, here is an excellent layering guide that you can look into.

How about using fabric paint for your Halloween glow-in-the-dark kids’ costumes and crafts?


Photo from Canva


There are lots of fun ideas as crafts that kids will surely love.  You may opt to use fabric paint to color the design.  You may need to use a striking, glowing color, especially if you are using a black shirt.

For this kid's Halloween costume that highlights a glowing skeleton image, you will need the following materials:

  • Black colored T-shirt (washed and completely dry)
  • Freezer paper
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Pair of scissors

Steps on how to make a Halloween costume using fabric paint

Step 1: Create Your Design

You may make your own skeleton sketch or use the template provided in the previous instructions.  Take note that the measurement of your design outline should be smaller than the material you’ll transfer decals on, like these top, bottom, and gloves for your Halloween costume.

Matching the measurements of your kid will help make the costume realistic.  Though we did not include the head on the template, you may get creative ideas and decorate a black mask which will save you money. Don’t worry with a little dash of resourcefulness and creativity; you can pull this off.

Step 2: Transfer Your Design

Using a piece of freezer paper, transfer the design you prepared or the outline you have by sketching it using a pencil onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper.

Step 3: Cut Your Design

After tracing the design, cut it out.  This is your stencil; the portion covered will remain black, and the portions uncovered will be painted white.

Step 4: Iron to Press

Iron the stencil to the top, bottom, and gloves.

Step 5: Paint Away

Insert a piece of paper inside your top, bottom, and gloves before painting on them. Now, start painting!

Step 6: Dab With the Brush

Using your sponge brush, start dabbing glowing paint on your clothes.

Step 7: All Done!

You can remove the freezer paper from your top, bottom, and gloves once the paint is completely dried.

Your glow-in-the-dark Halloween kids’ skeleton costume is now ready to glow!

You can also use removable vinyl as a stencil when using fabric paint. It makes using fabric paint so much easier and precise!

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Photo from Canva

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