My favorite time of year for crafting is definitely the holidays. It’s such a fun way to anticipate the season and create family traditions. This Halloween craft is too easy and too much fun NOT to share!
Let’s face it…Halloween is all about the kids!! It’s about embracing a bit of fun! And while we’re busy having fun with costumes and potions, why not bring that same whimsical fun into your home decor with cute, creative crafts?
Kid Friendly Halloween Craft
So…..what are my goals when doing a craft, any craft? …especially one that involves my children? My number one priority is to keep it SIMPLE! My kids are boys, ages 10 and 12, and their attention to craft projects at this age is limited to say the least. This project passed their low-tolerance test. If this isn’t the easiest Halloween craft project you’ve ever encountered I will eat my witches hat!
Easy Fall/Halloween Decor
For the decor AROUND the fireplace I just moved a little bench in front, threw together a pile of pumpkins, added the ladder for interest and had my son harvest the corn stalks in his garden for a bit of harvest flavor. I also used a bit of raffia to create a natural nest look for the Casper pumpkins to rest on. A vintage wood cutting board tied in the natural wood elements. Done.
Next….for the fun part!
Paper Bat Halloween Craft
I knew I wanted to do paper bats. I had used paper bats last year and they created a dramatic effect with little effort and zero trips to the craft store. Bonus! They are simple, fun, and versatile!
Halloween Craft Supply List
Here’s how I created my paper bats:
I gathered my supplies:
- Glue dots
- Black construction paper
- Paper Bat template
To find the template I searched “Paper Bats” on google and then I clicked on “Google Images” and this is what I found. Here is the link Bat Image Template.
The size of the image was too big for what I wanted. Plus, it was too big to fit on the 8″x 10″ construction paper. Keep in mind that you will need to fold the paper in half so the width of the template will have to fit on the folded piece of paper with the center of the bat aligned along the crease.
To create the desired sizes I used my copy machine and tried copying first at 50%, then at 35% and so on….until I found the sizes that would work. For this look copy the template a few times at 65%, 50% and 35%. Depending on your particular needs you can use any sizes they work. I love this ease of flexibility (another bonus)!
Next, I set the boys to work at cutting out the templates. As mentioned above all you need to do is fold the paper in half and align the center of the bat along the crease. You can space them to make several bats per page depending on the size of your template. My boys decided to try tracing the image and found that a bit easier, but I found it easier to just hold the paper template steady and cut around it.
Placing Your Bats
Once the bats were cut and I had a pile of different sizes to choose from I got out my step ladder and started putting them up. The small bats got one glue dot and the larger bats got two. As far as the design or pattern you create….it’s totally up to you. One thing you DON’T want is for the bats to look that they are just in a mob on the wall. Instead what you DO want to create is some sense of movement. The idea is to create the look that they are flying up (randomly) but in some sort of flock up and swooping in some direction.
Here is my “system” :
- decide on your shape
- put up a few
- then step back and see what it looks like
- next keep adding more moving up the wall to create your preplanned pattern
- keep stepping back and checking
- re-position any if they don’t look quite right.
The process is very organic and should feel pretty effortless.
Remember: There is no right or wrong way to do this. These are all simply suggestions. Have fun!
Julie and I love crafting, especially with the arrival of cooler temperatures. When fall weather brings everyone inside crafts are a wonderful treat to keep small (and big) hands entertained. We hope you enjoy this fun Halloween craft as much as my family and I did. Be sure to visit the other wonderful blogs below for a continuation of Halloween crafting/DIY fun!
Jodie & Julie
Welcome to our monthly Creative Blog Hop!
This month it’s all about Halloween/Fall Projects where you’ll find lots of inspiration to keep you DIYing for months!
Meet your hosts
Tammy @ Hey Fitzy | Mary @ The Boondocks Blog
Janine @ Happy Happy Nester | Carolann @ Sassy Townhouse Living
Norma @ Paint Me Pink | Sarah @ Creative Ramblings
Tara @ Lehman Lane | Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Amanda @ Life On The Bay Bush
Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna | Ashly @ Modern Glam
Katrin @ KreativK | Jodie & Julie @ The Design Twins
Kellie @ Gratefully Vintage