How To Make Halloween Decor | Skeleton Silhouettes

As promised we’re back for more DIY Halloween Skeleton Decor!

I’ll be honest, I’ve never decorated for Halloween around a theme before. Normally I’d just get out all of my decor from my stash that’s been growing over the years, and I’d have a general Halloween theme.

Decorating for Halloween with a theme in mind this year has made it so much more fun! I don’t remember the last time I got this giddy about decorating for Halloween.

(Remember I don’t actually like the physical day of Halloween or trick-or-treating…I enjoy the season as a whole and look forward to the traditional family parties and festive food dishes we have.

Decorating for Halloween was just something I always grew up with and I guess it brings a bit of nostalgia from my childhood memories too. So Halloween decorating will continue on.)

Thrifting For The Perfect Frames

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

As soon as I decided on a skeleton them for Halloween this year, I knew I wanted to make a family portrait wall with skeleton silhouettes.

I envisioned them in oval frames so they would resemble vintage cameos. 

Luckily with a bit of searching on the Facebook Marketplace, and a trip to the DI (our favorite thrift store in UT.), I managed to find the perfect frames for our skull decor!

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Once they were all home, I used Rust-Oleum Flat Black spray paint to give them an eerie and vintage feel. 2 coats of paint were applied for ample coverage.

Sourcing Halloween Skeleton Images

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

You may be wondering “how do you make Halloween decorations around the house?” or “how do you make a Halloween silhouette?”

After a quick search through the online Silhouette design store, I found the perfect images for our Halloween skeleton silhouettes.

Each image cost only $0.99.

I purchased a female with a bun perfect for the Mom. Another silhouette image of a girl (so I could use the ponytail from it) for the daughter. And a male for the Dad. I also modified the male silhouette for the two boys by removing the hat.

Then each of the 5 Halloween skeleton silhouette decor frames would be slightly different resembling the different members in our family.

(If you’ve never used a Silhouette Machine before, we’d highly recommend getting one. There are video tutorials and once you’re familiar with the way the program works, you’ll want to create anything and everything!

We’ve used our silhouette machines for so many different projects, from crafting to making home decor. 

Didn’t mean to go off on such a big tangent there, just thought I’d share my honest opinion of the Silhouette Machine. This is not a sponsored post…we just truly love our machines!

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Creating Halloween Skeleton Silhouettes

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

Once the Halloween Skeleton images have been sized to fit the frames and cut, the next step is to weed the image.

This simply means using the picker tool to remove all the negative space from the image that you don’t want to use.

Then, pull all of the unwanted pieces of vinyl off and discard them.

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

After the vinyl image has been weeded, take a piece of transfer paper and place it on top of the vinyl image.

Then using the scraper tool, firmly press the transfer paper onto the vinyl image.

Slowly lift the transfer paper off the vinyl backing by pulling in a diagonal direction. You’ll then be ready to place your skull decor in the picture frame.

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

Position the Halloween skeleton in the center of the frame. Again using the scraper tool, firmly press the vinyl image onto the frame backing.

Once the vinyl has been transferred remove the transfer paper again by slowly pulling it off the vinyl in a diagonal direction.

PRO TIP: If you’re working with an image that has intricate detailing, you may need to keep the scraper tool handy to push sections of the vinyl down while removing the transfer paper. Sometimes it’s just sticky enough it will pull the vinyl back up as you’re removing it. Keeping this tool close by will help you to create your masterpiece.

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First one down, doesn’t she look adorable?! As adorable as a Halloween skeleton silhouette can be.

Repeat Above Steps For Additional Halloween Skeleton Decor

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

For the Mom and Dad Halloween skeleton, I decided to place them in the same frame and have them facing each other.

Again line up the vinyl images where you want them to be. Using the grids on the transfer paper is especially helpful if you’re working with more than one vinyl cutout.

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

Transfer the vinyl Halloween skeleton images onto the frame backing as before and slowly remove the transfer paper.

Creating your own family portrait wall really is this easy!

The Final DIY Halloween Skeleton Silhouettes

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Before displaying our new family portraits on the wall for all to enjoy, I spruced up the Halloween skeleton silhouettes a bit. I added bow ties for the Dad and two boys, a hair bow for the girl, and a ribbon around the Mom’s bun.

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The orange ribbon adds just a touch of color to this black and white Halloween scheme.

HALLOWEEN SKELETON
HALLOWEEN SKELETON

Aren’t they fun?

Does this make you want to create Halloween skeleton decor for your festivities?

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HOW TO MAKE HALLOWEEN DECOR | SKELETON SILHOUETTES

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. So much fun Halloween stuff! I’m totally trying out these skeleton portraits, but I really want to steal that stenciled pumpkin! Do you have a tutorial for that as well?

  2. I just love all your darling stuff!!
    I just need you to do it for me!! 🤪😱😂

    1. Thank you Brenda! You are too sweet!

  3. PRETTY NEAT STUFF…..VERY GOOD

    1. Thank you Billie Jean! We are so happy you enjoy it.

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