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A genuinely creepy Halloween DIY.
The Bone Wreath

Anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time knows I have an affinity for things that are strange and creepy. Not pretend creepy things like fake spiders. I mean genuinely creepy things like old medical textbooks and cheese that sprays out of a can.

This year’s Halloween DIY is a reflection of that side of me. I’ve been preparing for this one particular Halloween craft for 2 years now. And when it was finally completed I texted a picture of it to my niece.

Unlike myself, my niece is not a fan of all things creepy.

Before we continue on, and I reveal what may be the creepiest Halloween decoration ever made, I would like to share with you the text message exchange between myself and my niece.

 

text-exchange-final

Curious as to what would prompt such a reaction?

Title
Wreath Frame Made Out Of Bones

I have been saving chicken and turkey bones from meals for the past 2 years.

I even enlisted the help of various turkey and chicken eating friends.  To clean the bones, I just boiled them and scraped them clean. Then I let them air dry for a week or two. I’ve been keeping a box of bones in my basement for 2 years now. Any repairman who may have got snoopy down there would have been in for a bit of a shock.

My original idea was to make a wreath out of the bones, but I’m still so happy with my original Halloween wreath, that I wasn’t ready to get rid of it.

So I changed direction slightly and turned the bones into a picture frame.

Being a lover of all things creepy, when I was a garage sale addict I scored a box of antique photographs and tin types. I went into my creepy basement to look for my creepy pictures and found the perfect one for this project.

woman

I scanned the picture,  enlarged it, and to increase the fright factor, I photoshopped her eyes out.

Eyeless woman

Then it was just a matter of squishing the Dollar Store wreath into an oval shape and hot gluing the bones onto it in a pleasing, yet creepy manner.  Oh! And adding the skull on top.

 

Bone Frame

All of the supplies, aside from the bones, came from the Dollar Store.  The wreath, the hot glue, and the skull topper.

The total cost:

$3.

The other thing that adds a sense of authenticity to the wreath are the cobwebs.

 

Cobwebs On Bone Frame

Which are in fact, actual cobwebs.  From my house.  Yes.  I’m so proud.  I gathered most of them from the dining room walls.

 

Cobweb

 

Extra bones got placed in a bowl beneath the frame.

 

Bone Frame On Wall

Wondering how that text exchange between my niece and I ended?

text-2

 


 

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137 Responses to A genuinely creepy Halloween DIY.
The Bone Wreath

  1. AnnW in the US says:

    OMG – that is The WORST! I think I want one. But I don’t know about the lady’s picture. She’s really creepy. I like the bones….a lot! Ann

  2. Allison says:

    I hate it too. But in a good creepy way. Ick.

  3. Wooooooow….That is. Wow. Definitely the creepiest craft I’ve ever seen. Ever. Aaaaand now I’m afraid to go to sleep. Thanks Karen!

  4. Jean in BC says:

    Cool! I’m gonna make one too! might have a problem getting all those chicken and turkey bones by Halloween! I can see the headlines now “Crime Wave of Missing Chickens Puzzles Community”

  5. selene says:

    That is one of the coolest picture frames.Is it weird that I would silver leaf it and keep it up year round? You did it again! You have made halloween even cooler. I can’t wait to try it! Now where to get some bones….mmmm

  6. katy oneill says:

    Just so long as these aren’t from any chickens “we” know… Fun idea.

  7. Sam Braun says:

    Genius! Really freekin’ creepy genius! <3 <3 <3… That's it! I'm giving my cow pelvis a new home on the front porch–right next to the old anatomy prints! Karen, you are a true inspiration!!!

  8. carey says:

    I love this! But the creepiest part is the real cobwebs. Gah! Here’s hoping that lady’s ancestors don’t come visiting,or any chicken cousins, either. Lol!

  9. Tracy says:

    You are a genius. Fabulously creepy, Karen. *starting to save chicken bones*

  10. Great. Now I have a new obsession. I’ll see you in 2015 with one of my own!

  11. Rhonda Kutche says:

    I hate it so much that I’m saving chicken bones even as we speak…and a cow pelvis, well, that takes it to a whole new level! So excited!
    I have purchased chicken feet at halloween…I’m betting you, Karen, can some up with something really interesting.
    And lamb testicles at Easter time…
    Wow, I think we have most of the holidays covered!

  12. Summer says:

    OK-how did you get a picture of my great grandma!

  13. Cathy says:

    I’m a surgical nurse; you’ll have to do better than a bunch of dried bones.
    We once took a hair all out of a stomach….shaped exactly like the stomach,
    The smell woulda knocked a buzzard off a shit wagon at 100 yards.
    Just sayin

  14. Jen says:

    Wow.

    Just Wow.

    Not sure if that’s a good wow or bad wow.

  15. Patricia says:

    I have a spare rib bone garland over my front door so I completely get it! Last year a sweet little princess trick-or-treater got her treat, twirled and said ” I love your garland!” Made my Halloween!

  16. JBess says:

    I totally love it!!

    Have you seen Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s chicken bone thrones? If not I think you’re ready ;)

  17. Bre Quantrill says:

    I love this and need to go get those turkey bones out of the garbage first thing in the morning!!!! As fate would have it, they’re in one bag with nothing else because I made turkey stock after Thanksgiving supper last night AND they’re in the porch which is a virtual fridge this time of year! SCORE!!! Brilliant Karen! This is the macabre touch to Halloween that I’ve been missing!

  18. Jane says:

    Please, please, please make me one! I’ll pay ya good money!!!

  19. dana studer says:

    I would seriously question my sanity if i were putting chicken & turkey bones in a pot, boiling, & scraping them, then keeping them for 2 years. But you, Karen, you had a vision, you went for it, & made it look cool! And i think I LOVE IT!!

  20. Stephanie says:

    Eeeeeew. Gross. Creepy.
    Awesome!

  21. Elsje says:

    I LOVE it SOOOOOOOOO much!
    I want it next to my bed so I can wake up with creepy halloween spirit every day…
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaant! :-)

    ~wishes I had boiled and saved chicken bones~

  22. Maryanne says:

    You just brought back a childhood memory. Years ago, I made a dinosaur out of chicken bones for a school project. though I believe my dad did most of it.
    A+ on the Creep Factor. Love it! Gonna make the Eyes in the Book today for my October book club.
    It will be on my side table with the skull under glass, creepy old phone and cackling crow in a cage. Perfect addition Karen, Thanks for the ideas! Creepy Genius!

  23. marilyn says:

    knock a buzzARD OFF A SHIT WAGON…now that is funny…i hate that wreath

  24. ericmiami says:

    Great, Karen.
    Once I made a life-sized dummy to sit close to the front door in an antique wheel chair and rigged a cord to raise one of the dummies arms toward the ceiling as the front door opened. It’s hand held a large kitchen knife covered with ketchup. That scared the kids but not the parents.
    The next year I wore the dummies clothes and sat in the wheelchair. The kids remembered and would say, “Oh, that’s just a dummy.” I would spring out of the chair and some parents didn’t bother using the stairs to get off the porch. They flew off into the shrubs.

  25. Tigersmom says:

    She’s simply awesome. Both you and someone’s creepy grandma.

    She looks like she could have murdered an entire string of husbands and found a new and creative way to off each one. I must say that your incarnation of this as a frame is a million times better than it’s original one as a wreath. Now THAT gives me the creeps. I would have missed the opportunity to strip it and make it into something else because I wouldn’t have been able to let my gaze rest upon it long enough for inspiration to fire off an idea.

    I loved your glitter skull wreath so much, I made one of my own. I couldn’t find feather boas at our sorry, non-Canadian dollar stores though and used a bunch of the black and grey gauzy cloth instead. It turned out great! I also did your string spider web on my wall. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    I am wondering where the doll head is though…..didn’t see it in the favorites post.

  26. Lisa M says:

    I love it! And I would make one although I don’t think that I am capable of hoarding chicken bones for 2 years

  27. Kate from Detroit says:

    The hubby and I were married on Halloween half a million years ago. This is EXACTLY what I should be doing with our wedding photos. You’re a genius.

    • cred says:

      that would be perfect! You could edit the photo YHL style- John & Sherry used Photoshop to turn their faces into skulls on their wedding photo for Halloween.

  28. Barb says:

    Still slightly horrified. Too bad I read that one at the end of breakfast! My stomach is a bit iffy now. EEEEWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! A very successful halloween DIY! ICK.

  29. Helana says:

    Oh my god. That’s great. I must have one. We’re gonna have to switch from boneless chicken to “real” ones. Or I’ll have to befriend a butcher.

  30. Su says:

    you are twisted sister! :)

  31. Vicki says:

    Something even Norman Bate’s would be proud to own!

  32. Anna Starner says:

    Karen, I love the chicken bone wreath, But I’m not so sure about the photo. I think I would prefer mine without the lovely lady.

  33. Jackie MacDougall says:

    I want one. You could make a necklace with the bowl of bones….

  34. karol says:

    I bow to you, and your awesome wreath! More than “love” it, whatever that would be, especially the genuine spider webs. You rock!

  35. Lush says:

    I think the original wreath is way more creepy!!
    Lush x

  36. jainegayer says:

    Karen, you would love the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. There’s a chandelier made out of bones and a family crest, 40,000 bones in all. I was there last week and it was seriously creepy.

  37. Marti says:

    Brilliant! I might want to add a little “dirt chic” to a few of the chicken and turkey bones so they looked a bit more matched with that skull. Not all, because I like the “bleached bones” look of it, but a few.
    Any tips on that?

  38. Does that phone work? I have one just like it from my Grandmother’s house, that we used for many years. Very heavy to hold. Oh, the frame is great too, you should try saving some scabs and adding them to it or maybe as a side dish to the bones.

  39. Ella says:

    Kinda scared to ask, but: Where did you get the skull? I know the heads of chickens and turkeys are not that big!

  40. Mickey says:

    Freakin’ awesome!!

  41. Kate says:

    That is THE best home-made wreath I have ever seen. It looks like you stole it from Ed Gein’s house. Utterly terrifyingly good. Well done you. Huzzah!

  42. Ev says:

    Over-the-top creepy! Proud of you Karen! Still like the die-o-rama best though.

  43. Elizabeth says:

    That conversation between you and your niece is hilarious! And I LOVE the wreathe!

  44. Erica O says:

    Oh my gosh, that is amazing! I am totally going to wrestle my sisters for the turkey carcasses over the holidays because I need to wreath my entire front door in bones. I love this so much!
    Also, you are very understanding of your niece. I’d have been all, “Chicken eyes? That’s going a little far. I don’t have time to make eye patches for all the chickens in town, you sicko.”

  45. Reg says:

    Absolutely gruesome. It’s the real bones, not the Dollar Store variety that make it fabulously gruesome, and the real spider webs. Ick.

  46. Beth Popowski says:

    Cool! I made a cave man necklace once from a leather cord and chicken and turkey bones. Looked great with a little jacket made from fake fur!

  47. This is such a stroke of brilliance! Hold on, I think I might have some old bones and a deer jaw bone in the garage. I can make this work!

  48. Mary Werner says:

    Now I need to dumpster dive outside the Kentucky Fried Chicken place – what a bunch of lemmings you have for followers! LOVE your commenters! Bussards should be the Halloween bird not crows! What gives with that?

  49. Melissa Leach says:

    I agree with Jen, WOW. I’m not even going to apologize, this is sick!!! I have to side with your neice. However, I will give you props on a very disgusting creation. You never cease to amaze me, this time I’m not sure if it’s a good amaze or a bad amaze. Just amazing. Wow.

  50. Bonnie says:

    I really like that A LOT! I think I want to do one for myself and leave it up all year!

  51. Carolyn says:

    One year i made them from clay and stain them. Gave them out for Halloween. Told this liitle boy about nine that they were from my car that died yesterday… He bought back a friend … Hahaha

  52. We have’n’t seen the chickens lately…should I be worried?

  53. jules says:

    LOVE IT! best thing EVER! Im in the process of making a life size mummy from an old wet suit…have too many skulls and not enough mummies.. I may have to start eating chicken off the bone to whip one of these up now!

  54. SusanR says:

    Do you have a tofu version?

  55. SusanR says:

    And, BTW, this is what runs through your brain??? Your neighbors must worry about their pet! Reminds me of the terrifying song my mom taught us when we were little. “… Now all the neighbors cats and dogs will nevermore be seen. They’ve all been ground to sausages in Mr. McGregor’s machine.” And their Bones made into picture frames… I think we should all send donations for a little Therapy for Karen! LOL!!!

  56. JebberJay says:

    sick. blech. gag.

  57. kelliblue says:

    Wow. Just wow. That is uber creepy, really interesting, and…pure genius. Tho it sure doesn’t take much to make photos of people from back then look any creepier, what’s up with that? And yet they still got married and procreated. Huh. So…does it smell like chicken?

    Personally i prefer last year’s more ‘glam’ version …everything looks better with feathers and sparkle, IMHO. Even Halloween. :)

  58. Carolyn says:

    I want to see more stuff like this… I ask my husband to save his bones from lunch and he thoght I was crazy. I just started a box of wierd stuff. I painted an old cigar box black and I’m adding stuff to the out side of it. On the Inside, I’m putting bones and teeth and any thing I can find to creep out who opens it. Fun…

  59. Marion says:

    LOVE IT!!! And to think, there was a perfectly good chicken bone laying beside the dumpster I just walked by last night. Shame on me. If our resident dumpster raccoons haven’t stolen it I’m going pick it up this afternoon and start collecting!

  60. mia pratt says:

    I LOVE the photo – without the creepy lady, it would be “spiders” scary. Now it’s “Exorcist” scary. Takes an evil genius to get a halloween display to the level of True Creep – you and Steven King, haha<:}

  61. Johan says:

    I am still trying to get my head around keeping turkey bones for 2 years. Is it forward thinking genius, or just weird…? That being said, I like what you’ve done with your bones….

  62. Emily says:

    I think its a little nuts but I still love your blog!

  63. Tara says:

    Yeah, I’m definitely a bit wuss when it comes to truly creepy things, but that is SO awesome! I probably wouldn’t hang it in my own house, but I love seeing it in yours! Very cool.

  64. Vanessa M. says:

    O.K…promise me right now that you’ll never come to Georgia. Yikes.

  65. Anna N says:

    Genious!

  66. Anita says:

    This is my favorite! Die-o-rama is good, but this is great. Wow. Agree, removing the eyes was genius. With she just looks tired. Without, she’s eerie. Will you keep it up all year?

  67. Jeanne says:

    Oh that is brilliant! I am going to start saving chicken bones today!

  68. The creepiest part of this is you collecting other people’s left overs for years. And then re-boiling them.
    The frame is amazing, and your wreath is beautiful.

  69. Patricia says:

    Hee, I love it!

    You should check out Sharon Kopriva online — Houston artist, does a lot with chicken bones. I’ll never forget going to a buffet at her home after a gallery show — we all had to put our drumstick/wing leavings in a bowl. You know, for the cause :)

  70. Rondina says:

    Of all the creative things you have done while blogging—this totally gross wreath may actually be the winner. People are drawn to it the same way they slow down to see the twisted metal of a car wreak and to check out the injuries, even though they are saying, “This is so horrible” while they do so. I think it’s your finishing touch that makes it. The missing eyes are what people can’t handle. With no eyes, she still looks like she is looking at you. This may be your finest hour.

    Now to try to forget that I ever saw that.

  71. Ann Marie says:

    What about using those fake skeletons you can find everywhere for the bones? Just dismantle it. You can find different sizes of skeletons. And the cobwebs? Use your glue gun –

    • Karen says:

      You could, Ann Marie. For sure. But there really isn’t any denying this is made from real bones, and that’s what makes it look so good. Or bad depending on your perspective. :) ~ karen!

  72. cc says:

    It looks great on your wall in your house I love it…. THERE… in my house I know I would have nightmares of that poor woman… But you did a really good job on it..

  73. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That lady was creepy before you removed her eyeballs..I am a creepy lover too..Wait..not quite what I meant to say..

  74. Tiffany says:

    Karen…I LOVE this wreath/frame!! So creative & a bit disturbing. Love it!!

  75. Shauna says:

    I love it! Although, the baby with it’s eyes poked out might still be a tad creepier to me. Both fantastic of course.

  76. Carole says:

    Brilliant. I love it. The creepier the better!

  77. erica says:

    Brilliantly creepy…..don’t think I’ve ever described anything as such….you rock (again)
    Awesome! Erica

  78. Amanda says:

    What a delightful reason to eat more fried chicken! I think I need one.

  79. Laura Bee` says:

    That’s f’in freaky. I love it!
    There is someone I know that I saved a baby bird skeleton and a dead bumble bee for. He has a bowl of bones on the kitchen counter and makes little art installations around the house. He was thrilled. Should I start sending them to you?

  80. Shelly says:

    Fabulous! Seriously fabulous. Real bones. Real cobwebs. You’ve outcreeped yourself.

  81. Jeannie B says:

    I just checked, to make sure that that wasn’t a portrait of Lizzie Borden that you hung up, with the bones. Gives me the shivers just looking at it hanging on your wall. Still, it’s an original conversation piece. Especially when you have the ladies, over for tea.

  82. That is wonderful and not nearly as frightening as the scarecrow wreath.

  83. Mindy says:

    I hate it. It creeps me the eff out. It’s the eyes. Or lackthereof. I’m totally having nightmare tonight. I should have known better than to look.
    All that being said, I have friends who would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I may need to start saving bones now. I’ll make them add the eyeless photo, though. I couldn’t have that creepy ass thing anywhere near me.
    Something is making me scroll up to look again……
    ….damn, why did I do that?

  84. Rita says:

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Karen should clean her basement… so she can keep on creating little gems like this one…. or depending on your opinion is why she should not clean her basement.

  85. kathy says:

    Well, aside from making fun of my great great aunt, I think it’s a brilliant creation.

    But you just can’t get away without some homage to candy corn and black and orange jelly beans – can you? Or little white marshmallow ghost “peeps”? I mean, halloween is all about how scary it is to eat all that junky candy, isn’t it?

  86. Skew_earring says:

    Oh my giddy aunt that is amazing!!!!!

    *starts saving chicken bones for next year*

  87. ally says:

    Okay master of Hallowe’en, we need adult costume ideas. Not adult-y, but those that fit adults, and won’t horrify young children. When I say young children, I mean Brownie age…..need a costume to wear to the Brownie Hallowe’en party. My mind is blank.

  88. Sally A says:

    Someone at another blog stole your boa wreath idea with skull!! Yes, I tattled. Don’t worry though, yours looks better. :) I think the web address is: 2littlesuperheroes.com. She probably just had the same brilliant idea separate from you. There are many of us creatives out there.

  89. kelly in weed says:

    I LOVE THIS. I’m not sure which concerns me more. That I’m thinking about the 2 deer carcasses we have hanging at the butcher shop waiting to be cut up and maybe i should call them and have them save as many of the bones as possible……or that I’ve got to keep you and my daughter separated…cause this kinda stuff is right up her alley and she’ll be out skinning little rodents to get this made in time for halloween. maybe i could hang this on the garage door…..never hurts to decorate the garage for halloween, right. and the feather boa on can go on the front door. oh, the possibilities.

  90. Ellen Partridge says:

    At first I thought this was Emily Dickinson! Anyway, I love it! Pure genious to save your bones for two years. Pure. Genious.

  91. stephbo93 says:

    That. Is. GLORIOUS!! I will admit, though, to being just a little creeped out that you’ve been saving poultry bones for this project. And I’m also relieved to know that other people have cobwebs on their walls.

  92. Edith says:

    That is the creepiest dang wreath I have EVER seen. Karen, you are so cool!

  93. Gloria says:

    Glad you gave that dollar store scarecrow wreath a make over. That thing was scary in a pathetic kind of way. ;)

  94. Kristin says:

    Awesome. Super creepy. I wish I’d been saving my poultry bones all year.

  95. sera says:

    I love it!!! I am way to lazy, I mean busy, to get anything done before halloween, including the costume that I’ve been dreaming up for the last two years, so I’ll be lucky if I carve a pumpkin. But as usual, your projects are amazing!!! you can make me one if you want to… or give me your niece’s.

  96. Laurinda says:

    So fabulous & cool! WANT!!

  97. Socks says:

    Love this – wish I could make one! (DAMN! I knew the whole vegetarian thing would blow up in my face one day!)

  98. Cindy says:

    Totally creepy but amazingly awesome! Perfect Halloween craft…. this is just for Halloween right?

  99. barbee says:

    Dang! I just threw out a carcass!

  100. says:

    wow, this is so creepy! I love it!

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