The new apartment is still a mess with boxes everywhere, but I’ve still found some time to get Halloween decorations – a few little pumpkins here and there, as well as a dish of Halloween candy that is almost all gone. It never lasts! No more candy will be bought until right before Halloween…I’m serious this time…sort of.
I was visting my parents last week when my mom asked me if I wanted some leftover black felt that she had. Instantly I knew what I wanted to make…
This is what all our visitors are greeted with when they first come in the door. (Well, that and a very jump dog. We’re working on it)
Its hard to get a good picture of theses little guys, but in real life they look so cute, and they spin around when you walk by, making it look like they’re flying. I only wish that I’d used clear fishing line instead of black thread, but maybe I’ll get ambitious this weekend and change them…maybe not.
To make the bats, I used this template and copied it into Microsoft Word, where I could size it for small, medium and large bats. Then I just printed on normal paper and cut them out.
To make the bats, I pinned the templates to the black felt and using my sharpest scissors, I cut them out. I tried to get as close to the edge of the felt when I could to get the most bats out of the felt.
I ended up making 9 small, 5 medium and 3 large. They even look cute on their own! You could turn these into a fun craft with kids by letting them get crazy with googly eyes and glitter glue, or even make their wings bendable with black pipe cleaners.
To hang up the bats, I sewed a loop of black thread through each bat and tried to vary the lengths to make it look like a big group of them our flying together. For some of the larger bats I used two loops of thread.
I think they look pretty cute! They look even better in the evening, which is why I took this at night, to get the full creepy bat look.
I’m hoping to get a pumpkin this week and maybe get a few more Halloween decorations out. Plus I have to get started on costumes – it’s only one week left until we need them! This month is just whizzing on by!