How to Make a Halloween Bat Decoration in 15 Minutes [FREE Template]
Many of us leave making Halloween decorations until the last minute. Somehow, the big day always manages to creep up on us – no pun intended! But whether you’re throwing a Halloween bash or you’re expecting a swarm of trick or treaters, your house should be dressed to suit the occasion. This cute Halloween bat decoration is quick to make for us last-minute decorators! Hang a few of them from your front doorway for a spooky entrance to your home this October 31st.
Created and written by the creative Charlotte Newland, this project is great for crafting with the kids — whilst adult supervision is required throughout, we’re sure the kids will love to help you put together a Halloween bat or six, in time for Halloween!
You Will Need:
- 5 Sheets of black tissue paper (approx. 50cm by 70cm)
- 1 Polystyrene ball (4cm – 6cm)
- 40cm Ribbon
- 2 Sheets of black felt (at least 20cm square)
- Marker pen
- Glue gun
- Sewing machine or needle & thread
- Batwing template [DOWNLOAD HERE!]
Use a serrated knife to carefully cut the polystyrene ball in two, then draw pupils on each half with the black marker.
Use the template to cut four wing shapes from the black felt.
Cut the tissue paper in half to make ten sheets that are 50cm by 35cm, then layer the sheets on top of each other. Fold the pile of tissue paper like a fan starting at the short edge, pressing down on the edges of each fold firmly with a ruler to make a nice strong crease. Make each fold about 3cm wide.
Cut around the ends of the folded tissue paper to make a nice, smooth round shape. Wrap a piece of wire around the centre of the folded tissue paper to secure, and tie the piece of ribbon around the wire.
Carefully pull the paper layers apart, separating them to make the pom-pom really fluffy, then use the glue gun to attach the wings and eyes.
Hang your super spooky bat decoration from your front door or a light fitting, and have a happy Halloween!