Sunday, October 13, 2019

Skeleton Mask and Gloves for Ken, Barbie or Action Figure Dolls -Dollar Store Craft -Halloween or Day of the Dead

We've all seen the 18" long thin plastic skeletons at Dollar Tree, you may even have one or two in your Halloween stash. Well, the other day it dawned on me... They would make a great Halloween or Day of the Dead mask for Ken, Barbie, GI Joe or other action figure dolls! This is another fun ~deconstructing~ craft. It only requires the Halloween decoration, scissors, some hot glue and a tiny bit of elastic for the gloves.

 Our model today is GI Joe, Ma found him in a box at a yard sale marked 'free'.
And while he probably should be wearing a shirt... I, um,  don't think anyone is going to tell him that😉 

The $1 skeleton I started with: 

Pull the head off and cut off the loop on top.
This plastic is thin enough that you can cut it with scissors, but shears are a better choice if you have them. 

Insert scissors/shears into the hole and begin to cut the back of the head out.
You'll only want to go 3/4 of the way up to the top (leave enough to hold on the doll's head like a hat).
Then  cut down to the back of the chin, leave the jaw intact.

We're aiming for a simple mask that slips over the doll's head.

The skeleton is too big to use the arms and hands for a costume, 
but if you cut the hands off right above the wrist, you can make gloves pretty easily😊 
I used the shears to cut the seam open around the hands and separate them. You can have two sets of gloves.

 Hot glue a little elastic to both so they slip over and stay on the doll's hands.

If you'd like to make a mask for the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), 
embellish with colorful paint or Sharpies, glitter and sequins.
Like I did here.

Barbie says BOO!!!


  1. Woah! Ken is READY for Trick or Treating!!

  2. LOL! Such a fun idea!

    Thank you for linking up w us at Creative Muster! Blessings to you xoxoxo Sharon


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