Eerie & Otherworldly
No Halloween display would be complete without a skeleton or two. Each one has its own personality.
Bone-Chilling & Terrifying
Every year manufacturers introduce new items to thrill, amuse or frighten avid Halloween fans. With a few easy steps, you can personalize store-bought skeletons to express whatever style or attitude you desire for your Halloween décor. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Deep Sea Fish Skeleton
This skeleton is based upon a real life deep-sea fish called an Anglerfish. To attract prey, a bioluminescent fishing lure is cast in front of its head and in no time, those strong jaws snap shut as vicious teeth make short work of consuming the meal. Check out the illuminated photo below.
Illuminated Deep Sea Fish Skeleton
As a Halloween decoration, it certainly is more unique than the usual offerings. When lit, the lure is bold yellow and the stomach has an eerie purple glow. While he does have a menacing appearance, I think we can do better! I really like the purple glow but when the lights are turned off, the bones are a neutral color without any contrast. In other words, he needs an upgrade!
Fish Skeleton Paints
Deep Sea Fish Skeleton (8” high x 17” long x 5” wide)
Acrylic Paints – linen, metallic periwinkle blue, & black (not shown)
Fish Tail – Before
Fish Tail – After
Paint the tail and tips of the spine with metallic periwinkle blue. Notice how the bones stand out against the metallic blue. The reflective quality of metallic paint contrasts well with matte finish bones.
Fish Head & Fins – Before
Fish Head & Fins – After
Paint the eyes black. Paint the webbing of the fins and crevices around the eyes with periwinkle blue. The fleshy, darker contrast makes the eyes look meaner in a zombie-like fashion. Linen paint can be used to touch up unwanted marks on the head.
The individual bones in the tail and fins really show up now, resembling creepy skeletal hands for seizing prey or curious trick-or-treaters.
Illuminated Finished Fish
Portraits – Before & After
The first photo is the original fish and the second is the finished makeover. The purple glow now extends across the entire body. With a ferocious expression and intimidating attitude, this Anglerfish is ready to strike, perfect for a Halloween scare.
Fantasy Fashion Makeover:
Spiders often have a very creepy aura and you could certainly go in that direction. This lucky lady prefers a haute couture makeover and we know just how to bring it!
Spider Skeleton Paints
Spider Skeleton (6” high x 8” long x 13” wide)
Acrylic Paints – metallic blue sapphire, metallic copper, & pure black
Spider Head & Feet
Darken the eyes with black paint, and paint the facial details and feet with metallic copper. Feel free to experiment with the colors.
Spider Joints & Spine
Turquoise and brown are a very fashionable color combination, making metallic blue the perfect complement to the copper. This bejeweled spider is ready to make her debut on the fashion runway! lol!
Finished Spider Pulling Wagon
Why not show off her new look by participating in a Halloween parade with a few friends?
Fairy Tale Makeover:
Frog Skeleton – Before
This little guy has a heartwarming smile. I believe we can add a little more charm.
Frog Skeleton Paints
Frog Skeleton (3-1/2” high x 5” long x 4-1/2” wide)
Acrylic Paints – metallic peridot green & pure black
Frog Skeleton – After
Sporting his new color, he’s bound to win hearts and maybe even garner a few kisses for luck. Who knows – maybe he will turn into a prince?
I hope you enjoy these fanciful skeletons and apply these ideas to your Halloween décor..
Thanks for reading! Happy Halloween & Happy Crafting!