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Coolest Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea 51

by Jacquie H.
(Cottonwood, AZ, USA)

Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea

I apologize if this costume was entered more than once. I had a great deal of trouble with the submission form!

I have always been in love with "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This Jack Skellington DIY Halloween Costume Idea was created for my boyfriend. I had handy a plastic helmet (cheap hard hat with an adjustable fit). I measured how big the ball would have to be to fit the helmet inside. The head was made from paper mache over a punch ball. First, with paper strips until it was strong enough, and then a paper pulp was smoothed over that layer. I suggest toilet paper for the pulp, as it seems to created a smoother texture that was easier to smooth out.

I then speckled the entire head (a few times) with ultra-light speckle. I then cut the back off the head (about one third of the way back). I added cardboard tabs on the insides of the FRONT portion of the head to attach Velcro to. The head was then painted.

The suit is a custom-drafted raglan sleeve short jacket with tails and a high-waisted pant (my first time making ANY sort of suit from scratch). The "pin stripes" are hand-painted. I also sculpted the bat for Jack's bow tie with polymer clay. The "wings" of the bow tie have a wire frame. My boyfriend wanted to have a pocket for a money clip and straw, so the jacket has two welt pockets in the lining.

The only store-bought items in this costume are the turtleneck shirt (purchased a few sizes too big so the shirt collar would fit inside the head) and the gloves (since I figured I wouldn't be able to make hands that gave a full range of motion at home).

Jack really got a great reception everywhere we went. It was truly fun to make this costume from scratch. I take great pride in creating something that can bring smiles, and a few shrieks, to people's faces.

P.S. Walt, my boyfriend, is a photographer, so of COURSE I had to get photos on the seamless backdrop! Happy HALLOWEEN!

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Amazing craftsmanship
by: Matthew B.

I really appreciate your level of detail. I think that it makes a costume great. You did a great job capturing the character.

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