Lovely Bones Necklace

Halloween legitimizes all sorts of bizarre ideas and takes them mainstream. So the next time you silently chew on your chicken, don’t be afraid of recycling the bones. At this time of year, you will not be considered a crackpot, and you’ll be helping your children think beyond the typical costume offerings at the local Walmart. It’s always good to encourage originality.


  • chicken bones
  • leather string or similar
  • drill and drill bit


1. Make sure you and your family eat a few chickens between now and Halloween. Save the bones and scrub them gently in warm soapy water until clean. Lay them out on a cloth until dry.

2. Lay your dry bones out in a pattern you would like for your necklace. You can aim for smallest to largest to smallest, or a random design.

3. If you don’t already have a selection of drill bits in one of those kits that offers a zillion size options, take the string you will be using to a hardware store where they can advise on the size you’ll need. The bit will need to be slightly larger than your string. Drill a hole near the top of each bone, thread the string through, and tie a knot at the end. If you want to create a little space between each bone, make a small knot in between them (see photo). In Toronto, a great selection of leather strings can be found at Arton Beads. You can also combine the bones with other things like feathers and mini skulls, easily found at dollar stores and bead shops.



Filed under bones, Halloween

18 responses to “Lovely Bones Necklace

  1. Though it might be a little horrible to have real bones around the neck… this would be the best halloween necklace! Thank you for the idea 🙂


  2. That is SUCH a cool idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Perfect for a Halloween costume! It reminds me of the Flintstones and all the fun things they did with bones!

  4. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    Unusual and that’s what makes it great for Halloween. You are a STAR at I Gotta Create! You have your own Friday Spotlight Feature. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! ❤ Christina

  5. Wow, that’s so cool! Thank you so much Christina 🙂

  6. Rae

    My twin nephews would definitely approve! Think I may have to make myself one just to show off to them!

  7. I never would have thought about using real chicken bones. Now that’s creative! Thanks so much for sharing. That’s just too cool. 🙂

  8. This is such a fun idea. My animals would really love it. They would be trying to get to the bones. I would have to hide this for sure. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. So cool! My son will get a kick out of this. Perfect for a Halloween costume. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Oh, that is creepy. Reminds me of Hansel and Gretel. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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