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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Bats

These Bats Don't Bite
They are sweet little bats.  I know because...I made them.
They are good little bats.
This is another Halloween craft I made using supplies from
as part of the "Celebrate the Season" blogger campaign.

Yes, I'm officially blogging for Jo-Ann and loving every minute of it.

These bats are so easy to make I'm coining the phrase, 
That's like an Easy Bake Oven...but even easier.
I made these because I always want bats flying around my displays this time of year.
But I don't want to hang any wires or fishing line from my ceiling.
I have a very very high ceiling and I don't want any sort of holes in it, no matter how small they might be.
This made me decide that I'd make them on long wires so I could stick them in 
and around 
my pumpkins or whatever Halloween display I have going on.
It's pretty effective!
They are swirling over my freshly made sweater pumpkins.

Want to make some little bats of your own?
Here's how...

Supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts. 
1. Black Glitter Craft Foam Sheets. 
2. Large Black Pom Poms (each bat uses two)
3. Stem Wire
4. Red Rhinestones
5. Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
6. Craft Glue - I used Aleen's Tacky Glue courtesy of Jo-Ann.
but Elmer's will work too.
If you right click and save that pattern image above, it will be at the exact size you'll need to make the wings.
From tip to tip the wings measure 10 1/4 inches.
Print and cut out the pattern and trace it on the backside of the glitter foam using a dull pencil.
You'll trace and cut ears also. 
Hot glue the wire stem to the backside of the wings in the center.
Place a pom pom over this glue while hot.

Hot glue the other pom pom to the front side
It will look like this.
And this.
Using craft glue and a toothpick. Dab a little glue on the backside of each rhinestone and place for eyes.
Dab the bottom tips of the ears in the craft glue and tuck into the pom pom above the eyes and back a little.
I chose to leave my bats plain.
But they are really cute with little teeth added. I may go back and do this to all of them.
I just cut slivers of a foam picnic plate to be the teeth -
craft foam would work also.
The added teeth make them funny.
Google eyes make them hilarious! 
Well, hilarious to me.
This is just mocked up in photoshop but buy the little google eyes at Jo-Ann if you like this look 
and glue them on.
Don't you think that's an
I'm still crafting more Halloween stuff using my stash of goodies from
I got so many ideas of things to make while at Jo-Ann that I came up with several Halloween projects.
I just wish I could be home to craft more!

Forgot to say the pretty fall leaves garland also came from Jo-Ann.
They really have some nice fall floral this year.
I'm way behind on my Halloween decor this year cause I'm also painting the living room and dining room.

Big Mistake. I should have done that this summer.
What was I doing this summer? 
I can't remember but I should have been painting.

Check out all the great Halloween decorations other bloggers are creating using Jo-Ann supplies at

This is Jo-Ann's website to inspire you for the holidays.
There will be all kinds of wonderful ideas showing up there from now through Christmas.

Take advantage of this Jo-Ann coupon.
But if you sign up for the Jo-Ann app...they've got good coupons every week.
Or sign up on their website.

I'll be back with more Halloween and then Thanksgiving and then Christmas.
Yep, it's a whole season of crafts!

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Thehouseofhampton said...

I have to say that the staff at Joann's told me about the app and once it's on you phone....it's fantastic. So easy to use, no cutting coupons. Game changer here, it makes life easier.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Now this is an app I'll use!

LOVE the little bats. I like them with the red eyes! Maybe I can make some over the weekend since Mr. Art will be out of town!



Dewena said...

I don't mind those bats at all! Very cute!

Nita, I am finally looking at local dachshund rescue groups. I think I'm ready now and I do want to adopt an older girl who really needs someone.

Adam Hazlett said...

Nita, another GREAT idea! I LOVE those bats!
They look like something Pier One would be interested in selling!!
The teeth made me LOL! I like that leaf garland too. We went to Joann's last year for fabric to make Halloween pillows but the trim
I was after was sold out, so this year we found the trim and now we need the pillow forms. That coupon will come in handy, Thanks! Someday soon we'll have pillows.
I love the vignette you created. Is that all the Halloween you have up now? I'd love to see your Dept 56 town.

Unknown said...

These bats r just too adorable & I just happen to have a stash of googlie eyes that'll work great! Haven't heard of the glitter foam before but then again, every time I go to Jo-Ann 's it's always a new experience. ;-). Thkx for this super cute idea!

Unknown said...

These bats r just too adorable & I just happen to have a stash of googlie eyes that'll work great! Haven't heard of the glitter foam before but then again, every time I go to Jo-Ann 's it's always a new experience. ;-). Thkx for this super cute idea!

Anonymous said...

The bats are adorable, Nita, and would be so much fun to make with the kiddos. Your vignette is bootiful!

Cindi Myers said...

I think I will leave the wire part out and make bats for my cats!

Cindy said...

That's a really cute craft. The bats are adorable, not scary at all!

Unknown said...

I love the vampire teeth on your cute little bats.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Adorable! A lot cuter than the real one that got into my bedroom once!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

These are really cute! Kinda inspires me to do some Halloween decorating. Probably not, but maybe. These look like they would be good for several years.

Amy Chalmers said...

Congrats Nita! I am thinking you blogging for Joanns is a perfect fit! The bats are really adorable and seem pretty easy to do once you showed the steps.

Unknown said...

These are cute--I'll have to keep this craft in mind! Thanks for sharing. Dee :)

Anonymous said...

All bats should have glitter.