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The Easiest Ever Glow in the Dark Skeleton Costume

The easiest ever diy glow in the dark skeleton costume

We’ve just made the easiest ever glow in the dark skeleton costume!

It was so easy my kid made it. Mostly.

And at the same time we’ve discovered a fun new way of decorating and personalizing our clothes.

And not with fabric paint, or appliques, or transfer paper, or any of the many, many ways we have altered T-shirts and clothes in the past.

Glow in the Dark Scotch Duct Tape

With what, then, you ask? Duct tape.

Yes, duct tape.  Easy-to-use, inexpensive, removable tape.

Although I have to say that this tape is special. It’s glow in the dark.

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*Note, the tape we used (shown in the photo above) seems to no longer be available. Here’s some highly rated glow-in-the-dark tape on Amazon to try instead.

Make Your Own Glow In The Dark Skeleton Costume

Daphne created her own skeleton costume (with my help) on a black T-shirt that I picked up for $3 at Target® and a pair of of her black knit pants.

Model Skeleton

She referred to her model skeleton ($3 at Family Dollar®) and to feeling her own bones to decide how her skeleton costume should look.

Making the glow in the dark skeleton costume

She decided how long the tape pieces should be and how many to use (although I cut them for her after she tried and determined that her kid scissors and cutting skills weren’t quite up to the task).

Glow in the dark skeleton costume

I especially love the toe bones along the bottom edge of the pants!

Glow in the dark skeleton costume

She was so proud to try on her new skeleton costume! And immediately ran to our darkest closet to test the glow-in-the-dark feature.

Yes, the duct tape glows in the dark and it’s A W E S O M E.

Oh my goodness.

More Halloween Inspired Clothing

Glow in the Dark Tshirt Ideas

I am so excited about the glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume that I want to make myself one. I used the tape to write BOO on a black T-shirt for Maia and to add a Jack-O-Lantern face to one for Daphne.

The best part?

The tape is removable. So you can decorate the same shirt over and over again with a different image or message each time. Or use a piece of clothing you might not want to alter permanently.

Try This Halloween Art Idea

The duct tape also makes good glow-in-the-dark art as Daphne found out when she used the leftover tape pieces from her skeleton to create an artwork on black construction paper.

And immediately ran to the closet to test the glow-in-the-dark feature.

And again determined that it was SO COOL.

I think you might need a roll of this tape. Just sayin’.

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Glow in the Dark Skeleton Costume for Halloween

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Disclaimer :: 

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from Scotch® Products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

The Easiest Ever Glow in the Dark Skeleton Costume


  • Reply
    Lynn Davis
    October 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Love, love, love this!!
    Can you find the duct tape at most stores?

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    October 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    the toes were my favorite part, too!!! :) i’m thinking that if one were to wash the designs the tape might become adhered permanently. super fun idea! thanks!

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    October 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Jean, I loved this idea so much (especially because Naomi loves tape and Halloween) that I went to buy the tape immediately, but I can’t find it!! I’m not going to give up though, I’ll try home depot next. Thanks for the fantastic idea!

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    October 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Thank you so much for this idea! My 10 year old wanted to be a cowgirl, but after I showed her this idea she changed her mind. So much easier.

    One question-how much of the roll did you have left over? My daughter is 5 feet tall, so I’m wondering if I’ll need two rolls? I might add some to the backs of her two younger sisters just so I can see them easier.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 16, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Hmm… Hard to say, Courtney. I also made a couple t-shirts and Daphne made some tape art. We had some of the roll left over but if you’re making three skeleton costumes, I’d say maybe two rolls of the tape might be a safe bet.

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    Crystal @ Fine Art Mom
    October 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Wow – that’s is so simple and adorable. I love the idea of making a couple of shirts that we can change the designs on too. Don’t get much use out of Halloween shirts all year otherwise ;). I love the image – had to pin that instantly! Such and easy amazing project! Thank you.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Oh, you’re welcome, Crystal!! Thanks so much for the nice comment!

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    October 21, 2014 at 1:02 am

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Talk about easy and inexpensive. And adorable!

    With Love,

  • Reply
    October 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Michael’s has some! My husband loves the “Boo” shirt, so that’s what he will be wearing. Great idea- thanks!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Good to know about Michael’s carrying the tape, Tracy! And that’s awesome that your husband likes the Boo shirt! In fact, maybe I’ll make one for my husband, too…

  • Reply
    October 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I just used black duct tape on white clothes to make a white tiger costume for my 3 year old. The hardest part was finding white pants! :) I LOVE the glow-in-the-dark tape! So simple and fun!

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    October 28, 2014 at 6:03 am

    This is genius!!
    Now all I need to do is find out if I can buy glow in the dark tape here in Australia!!! I shall ask my facebook page! LOL

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    September 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    this is brilliant! We will try this!

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