DIY Skeleton Maternity Costume

Skeleton Maternity T-Shirt

Eeek! I’m so excited to post this tutorial! I spotted the famous skeleton Momma-Baby shirt on Pinterest back in September and flipped, but in true form I procrastinated for far too long and didn’t order in time to receive. So, what does a crafty Momma do? Make her own!

I’m not going to lie, it was a pain in the butt drawing this up in Illustrator, I’m so thankful for that program.

You can get the PDF file of the skeleton at the bottom of this post. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shape on vinyl. I used vinyl because it was what I had on hand, but I think I might try my hand at freezer paper stencils in the future, since the vinyl just wasn’t as stiff as I would have liked, and would shift.

DIY Skeleton Maternity Shirt



Start by trying on your shirt and measuring how long and wide you want each piece of the stencil to be, this will help when it comes to sizing the cut out. Lay on your stencil and have at it! I used Tulip Brand Matte Fabric Paint that I picked up at my local Joanns. To apply I used a little dabber sponge. I really like the rough texture that it created, just like the nubs on a bone.


Skeleton Maternity Shirt Tutorial


See here on the left side where the is ‘spillage’, where the paint moved under the vinyl? To fix this I simply took a Q-Tip and a little bit of paint and rounded it out.

I also had some spots where I ran off the stencil. I tried out a bit of nail polish remover on a Q-Tip and it took it right off.


Skeleton Shirt Ribcage


For the layout of the baby I really, really recommend using transfer tape to keep all the little pieces in place, otherwise you are going to have a mess on your hands!


Skeleton Maternity T-Shirt


Notice the Rock On! fingers?? I was going to give him headphones, but the color I picked didn’t show up on my test patch, so I scratched the idea altogether. He’s still a pretty cool little dude.



Skeleton Make-up Tutorial



Start out by whiting out your face with face paint. Let me warn you, this stuff feels disgusting. I made sure to moisturize my face generously to keep this stuff from sinking into my skin. I’m sure it would affect the lasting power, but my skin is more important. You could always add white setting powder over if you need this to last you for more than a few hours.

Use a kohl pencil or more black face paint to fill in the hollows of your eyes and the bulbous part of your nose. Don’t worry about being sloppy here, you can always blend and add more white later.

I used an old kohl pencil and a fine tipped concealer brush to apply this black evenly around my eyes and nose. The black paint just wasn’t cutting it.


DIY Skeleton Makeup


Use a makeup sponge or your fingers to add shading just under your cheekbones. This will bring out the hollows in your cheeks and you’ll be rocking the runway model look.



To finish off your ghoulish look, use a fine tipped eyeliner pencil, liquid eyeliner, or gel eyeliner and fine tipped brush to draw small lines representing teeth. Take this time to step back and look over your work, clean up any areas, like around the nose, or hollows of your checks.

And now go terrorize your kids!

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  1. Chris K says

    How exactly do you use the transfer tape for the smaller parts? My wife really wants one of these.

    • says

      The transfer tape is there to help keep the smaller parts in place, it’s really a must for this project. When you peel it off the shirt do so slowly and if the vinyl starts to peel up, you can press the edge down and smooth the rest of the way.

  2. ejddiy says

    Cute costume! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time.

    Emily & Erin

  3. says

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thank you for sharing your maternity costume! You did such a good job on it! Feel free to drop by the website and pick up your “I’ve been featured button!”


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