Introduction: Halloween "Severed Leg" Prop

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This is a super simple yet super creepy looking prop for Halloween decor! If you can collect enough old shoes, socks and bones it is really quick and easy to make large numbers of these to scatter around the floor of a haunted house or in the bushes along your walkway to scare Trick-or-Treaters.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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Only six materials are needed for this project, most of which can be found around your home or purchased inexpensively.

  • Old shoe
  • Old sock
  • Large, clean animal leg bone (deer, pig or similar sized - obtain one from a butcher shop if you do not hunt)
  • Poly-fill or pillow stuffing
  • "Bondo" auto-body filler (can be purchased at Wal-Mart in the auto section)
  • Red paint.

Step 2: Shape the Sock and Insert Bone

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Fill the sock with enough stuffing to give it a good, filled out shape - You want to have a convincingly shaped "foot" inside the shoe!

Place the bone inside the sock, leaving at least 6" to 8" of its length sticking out of the top, or longer if you have a larger bone. Fill in the space around it with stuffing, and allow a small amount of the stuffing to protrude out of the top.

Then put your sock and bone into the shoe.

Step 3: Begin Bondo-ing

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Do this step OUTDOORS - Bondo has a very strong odor until it cures!

Mix your Bondo as instructed on the container. It cures fairly quickly, so work fast when after you stir in the hardener. I use a disposable plastic knife for mixing and spreading Bondo.

Spread the Bondo over the stuffing around the "ankle", covering it enough to give it a lumpy, fleshy appearance. Allow it to drip or ooze anywhere, as this will only add to the final gory appearance! I also scooped up the remainder of the Bondo and placed it on the very top of the bone, letting it drip down freely until it cured and hardened.

Step 4: Paint It!

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After the Bondo has cured, put a layer of red paint over it to give it a realistically "meaty" appearance! You can spray paint the largest section and add additional detail with regular acrylics.

Step 5: Display It!

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After the paint dries, you are finished! There are countless creepy ways to display this,
or use it as a carry-along prop for a costume, as shown above (want to know how I made that werewolf mask? Look here! -> Add Realism to Store-Bought Werewolf Mask)

Of course, this severed leg is only one "step" into prop-making techniques, you can change up this same method however you wish for other types props as well - after all, there is really no limit to what freakish looking things can make with bones, Bondo, and pillow stuffing! Have fun, be creative, and have a Happy Halloween!


SparkySolar made it! (author)2014-10-14

My bone had some meat and fat on it, to boot I forgot to put it in the fridge. My daughter changed her mind to participate.

Tads here is my Work

Drumroll please!!!! plus smell

LegoSurvivor (author)SparkySolar2017-10-05

really, really good.

TrapperEllie (author)SparkySolar2014-10-14

Looks awesome! As a tip for next time, you can clean the meat/fat off bones by burying them in a flowerpot full of dirt for at least a month or two. The flesh will decompose off naturally. Then dig it up, allow it to dry in the sun, and clean with bleach or peroxide if you desire a whiter color. But, being this close to Halloween I know there would not have been enough time to get all that done, of course least the stinky smell will give it that extra touch of realism! :)

SparkySolar (author)TrapperEllie2014-10-14

Thank you so much, I
I did not have a chance to use Bondo yet, The bone was perfect??

your positive feedback means a lot to me

Dwarf Exploder made it! (author)2016-02-19

Great idea, I changed it slightly to make a geocache out of it.

I used a fake bone so it didn't look too real so not to scare any unsuspecting bushwalker. For the stuffing I used a pool noddle with a hole through the middle and pushed the bone in one end and a tube container in the other. This meant that the leg can be pulled out of the shoe and the log book can be accessed. For the gore I used expanding foam instead of Bondo as I was using what I had at the time.

That is fantastic! I love Geocaching and those unique-looking caches are always fun to find. I'm sure that one has startled quite a few people out there!

ArticAkita (author)2015-05-05

I bet you're a fun person to have as a neighbor!!! love the idea with REAL bones! I know its just May now but GOD what fun possibilities for Halloween though! :P except all the bones I get to use belonged to a moose at one point.

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-06

I am on the way to the butcher Lol

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-05

super cool

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-10-05

Neat! Also ewwww, that's gross looking. Which actually just it makes it more awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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