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.



Curious as to what would prompt such a reaction?







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.


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:


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.




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?





  1. Bonnie says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.”

  8. Elizabeth says:

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

  9. Ev says:

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

  10. 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!

  11. Mickey says:

    Freakin’ awesome!!

  12. 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!

  13. Linda J Howes says:

    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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. Lush says:

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

  17. 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!

  18. Jackie MacDougall says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. Vicki says:

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

  21. Su says:

    you are twisted sister! :)

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. marilyn says:

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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~

  31. Stephanie says:

    Eeeeeew. Gross. Creepy.

  32. 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!!

  33. Jane says:

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

  34. 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!

  35. JBess says:

    I totally love it!!

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

  36. 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!

  37. Jen says:


    Just Wow.

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

  38. 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

  39. Summer says:

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

  40. 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!

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

  42. Tracy says:

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

  43. 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!

  44. 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!!!

  45. katy oneill says:

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

  46. 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

  47. 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”

  48. Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project says:

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

  49. Allison says:

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

  50. 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

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