L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who makes prize-winning Halloween decorations. Learn how to make them from scratch at home.
Make Your Own Georgie Skeleton and Sailboat
I make all my own Halloween decorations for our front yard display. This is the little boy Georgie as a skeleton and his sailboat. It is quite easy to make and is very effective in the front yard as part of your scary Halloween display. I show you how to make this with my own photos and step-by-step guide.
The Story of Georgie From the Movie IT
This skeleton is inspired by the movie IT. The little boy called Georgie is the first child we see that is killed in the film. He goes out to play in the rain wearing a yellow raincoat. He plays with his handmade boat and watches it as it sails along the puddles. It gets caught in a storm drain.
Georgie goes to retrieve it but the hidden clown in the drain drags at his arm to pull him in. Georgie temporally escapes but his arm is torn off. The clown still manages to drag the boy into the drain to his death. I believe IT is one of the best movies for kids this Halloween.
How to Make a Georgie Skeleton
- A child skeleton
- A child’s yellow raincoat
- Photo of Georgie from the film IT
- Red paint
- Paint thinner
- PVA glue
- UHU glue
- Chicken wire
- Piece of heavy wood
- Old newspapers or magazines
- Piece of black card
- Protective plastic sheeting
I bought the skeleton of the child online. I buy most of my supplies second hand in thrift stores—charity shops—during the year. It saves me so much money. I have not seen any second-hand skeletons yet though. The skeletons I use for my Halloween displays are all new. They are a great value and of good quality too.
The yellow raincoat was in a charity shop and it cost me just €2. The photo of Georgie was printed from the internet on my computer. I bought the chicken wire, glue and paint thinner from Deals here in Ireland for €1.50 each. That would be Dollar Stores in the US and The Pound Shop in the UK.
- Staple gun
- Garden gloves
How to Make Georgie
- Lay out the skeleton on a flat surface.
- Remove the right arm at the elbow including the hand from it. This will be easy as it will snap off quite quickly.
- Lay out the raincoat and cut off the right arm from just below the elbow. Cut in a zigzag shape.
How to Make the Severed Arm
- Spread the arm and severed part of the raincoat on to a flat surface.
- Attach the sleeve to the skeleton arm and glue together.
- Add red paint on the piece of coat that you cut off to look like blood.
- Do the same for the hand and wrist.
- Allow to dry completely.
Photo of Georgie From the Horror Movie IT
- You can download this black and white photograph from the internet.
- Type into your search engine these words, 'Images for georgie photo film it'
- Pick whichever one you like.
- Right-click it and scroll down to 'Save Image As'
- Save it to your computer and print it out.
- Take a piece of black card and measure it about 1 cm bigger than the photograph in all directions.
- Glue the photo into the middle of the black card.
- Thin out some red paint and brush it around the edges of the photo to look like blood.
- Wait until this is dry.
- Spray some clear varnish over the whole photo. This will make it weatherproof when it is in the front yard.
- When this is completely dry stick this onto the raincoat firmly with a stronger glue like UHU.
Completing the Yellow Raincoat
- Put the remainder of the raincoat onto another flat surface and spread out evenly.
- Apply the red paint over the cut sleeve so this looks like a lot of blood where the clown pulled the boy's arm away from his socket.
- Add a few bits of paint around the coat so it looks like he was dragged on the road.
- Allow all of these pieces to dry completely.
How to Make the SS Georgie Boat
- Open the wire and lay flat.
- Place the piece of wood on top.
- Measure the amount of wire required by lifting it evenly on both sides to meet in the middle.
- Place the middle of the wire on top of the wood and staple the bottom in place.
- Put on a pair of garden gloves to protect your hands.
- Lift the sides of the wire to form the shape of the boat.
- Using the pliers turn the wire in to keep the shape together.
How to Make the Sails
- Cut another piece of wire and make into a cone shape.
- Flatten this out a little bit, this will form the inside.
- Add a heavy rock inside the boat before you attach this. This will keep it from blowing away in the yard.
- Take some strips of paper and add some glue with a brush.
- Place these onto the wire.
- Continue to do this so the whole of the wire is covered.
- Allow to dry.
- You can now add the glue to the boat and then stick on the paper.
- Continue this process by gluing more newspaper on top of the previous paper.
- In between layers allow to dry.
- It all depends on the size of your boat on how many times you have to do this.
- On the very last layer make sure only to glue on the inside so that the newspaper is showing on the boat like in the film.
Turning Paint Into Fake Blood
- Glue on the words 'SS Georgie' to the left-hand side. I had some thin wooden letters in my craft box, so I used those. But you can just as easily paint on the name.
- Mark out the name with pencil first. This will help you avoid any mistakes.
- Make sure it is big enough so it can be seen easily in the yard.
- Paint the letters in black.
- Allow to dry.
Completing the Sailboat
- Now you want to add the blood. You can buy fake blood for this but there is a cheaper alternative that looks just as good.
- Add some paint thinner to red paint in a bowl or container to get a watery effect.
- Place your boat onto a protective sheeting.
- Gently pour the red paint over the boat to look like blood.
- Allow to dry.
- Spray paint the whole boat with two coats of clear gloss varnish. This will waterproof it so it can be used every year for your Halloween display in the front yard.
How to Make Homemade Glue
When making a large paper mache item I prefer to make my own glue. It is cheaper and goes on to the paper a lot easier. You can use PVA glue if you prefer which works just fine.
- One large cup of flour
- One large cup of water
- Pour the water into a mixing bowl
- Slowly add the flour making sure to mix all the time with a fork.
- This will ensure there are no lumps.
- Continue mixing until you have a consistency that feels and looks like glue.
Other DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas
I've made a number of other DIY decorations for the Halloween holiday in addition to this Georgie skeleton. They are all made from craft bits and second-hand stuff around the house. It was great fun and they do look really scary too. Each article below includes step-by-step instructions and original process photos.
- There is the blood-soaked skull that I put onto a frame if you fancy having a go at creating one.
- How about a black Halloween wreath that is covered with snakes. I am putting this right next to the bell on the front door. The kids are going to scream when they come across it.
- There is also the coffin that I made so my skeleton, Percy, has somewhere to lie in the front yard. I used old wood that I collected from rubbish skips around the houses where I live. I only buy new materials when I have no choice.
- My favorite piece so far is this locked zombie door from The Walking Dead.
- This is the evil doll that I made from the horror movie Annabelle.
- I made these scary Eyes for my yard.
- Pennywise is the clown from the movie IT that terrorizes the children.
- Here is a Woody Halloween costume from Toy Story that I made for my son.
- Here is a Chucky Doll from the movie Child's Play.
- I made a Superman/Clark Kent Halloween costume for my other son.
L M Reid from Ireland on September 26, 2019:
This will look scary in the front yard for Halloween