(Bat craft. Bat craft. Bat craft. Boy howdy! Say THAT three times fast!)
These little critters are so easy to do — and you can whip them up in not time at all.
They are not expensive either. That makes for one happy grandmother! After all, quick and cheap are two great criteria for crafts don’t you think?
So. Here’s what you need:
small pumpkin from the dollar store
black craft foam sheet
glue stick and glue gun
my bat wing pattern
Ahem. If you’re looking really close at this picture, you will notice some missing things. Like the black paint. And the white( paint. And the paint brushes. And a glue stick. And my ancient glue-gun-that-is-so-ugly-that-I-guess-I’m-glad-it’s-not-in-the-picture-after-all. (Sheesh! Where was my brain???)
You might want to have aprons for your grandchildren to wear so that they won’t get paint on their good clothes. Just sayin’ . . .
Let’s talk about paint for a moment. I had two sizes of pumpkins. I spray painted the larger pumpkin. My granddaughters painted the smaller ones with acrylic paint.
The ones that were spray painted were a shiny black. So, if you want shiny bats, you might want to consider using spray paint. If you don’t, then acrylic is the way to go.
First, remove any fancy bows or leaves that your pumpkin might have. Then let your grandkids paint away.
When the paint is dry, glue on the googly eyes.
Next, use the white paint to paint the mouth and fangs. (Four-year-old Emma wanted me to do the painting. I think she could have done as good of a job as I did!)
Then, using my bat wing pattern cut out two wings from the black craft foam sheet. My pattern has a large-sized wing and a smaller sized wing. Hopefully one of them will work depending on the size of pumpkin you purchased.
Glue the wings on the back side.
Ta da! Your bats are done! We’re all bat happy!
See. I told you these little fellas were easy to make!