I'm on a mission to get my two-year old to want to do crafts with me, as I'm a crafty person and he's just not at that point yet. He loves watching me do them, so for now that will have to suffice. We have a wall full of Fall crafts that he has watched me do for him.
Trying to get into the Halloween spirit without spending much money is always a challenge... We typically forgo decorations, but since Raleigh is getting older, we wanted to add a few touches here and there so it really feels like Halloween in the house. I dug through my craft scraps and found some black felt, perfect for some spooky bats!
First, gather your supplies. I pulled out some scissors, a bag full of googley eyes, string/twine, and some scissors. The googley eyes started mysteriously disappearing as soon as they were spotted.
I love using chalk pens or regular chalk when doing projects like this, as it's easy to see on dark paper or felt. I searched "bat shape" and picked one that wasn't so so spooky and used that as a guide. You can always print, cut out and use a stencil, but freehand is faster and who will honestly notice/care that each bat is a little different or lopsided? I used felt because it's what I had on hand, but construction paper would be just fine for this, too.
Now just use some sharp scissors and cut out your bats.
iIn case you were wondering, I found one of the googley eyes that had gone missing!
The next step is to glue on your googley eyes. I chose the same size for each but you can make silly bats with different sized eyes, or even huge eyes! Whatever you think your kiddos would like best.
Now, you can use a hole puncher or some scissors to cut holes for the string. The best place is on the wings so they stay spread out when hung up. Craft Tip: buy twine and string in bulk (Wal-Mart has great big spools for very cheap) so you are never in a situation where you have to make a special trip for it.
String up your bats; I like to use clear Command hooks that are easy to remove and reuse later on. And as simple is that, you have a spooky bat garland for a cheap Halloween party or house decoration.
Does anyone else have any clever, low-cost Halloween DIYs? Share in the comments, I'm always looking for new ideas!