I love decorating the house for the holidays. And I feel like Halloween is the start of the decorative holiday season. This year, I decorated the door with some hay, corn stalks, and mum planters. You can read all about our fall door decor here. But I needed some fun decorations to spruce up the house on the inside. I pulled out our giant Halloween bin, where I store all of our Halloween decorations, and started sorting through the goods. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of decorations for the holidays, so I sort them into giant bins with lockable lids to keep things organized and accessible. I can stack the bins on top of one another in our basement storage closet, with labels, so I can find the bin with the decorations for the upcoming holiday.
In our Halloween bin, we have a lot of pumpkin carving and decorating supplies, plastic pumpkins, pumpkin baskets, and a pumpkin dish. To add to our decorations, I added some of my glittery wood plank signs that are up at The Organized Mama’s Craftery on Etsy. My favorite is the “BOO” sign, so I decided to use one to hang on the mantel.
But I still felt like I needed to craft up something else to add to our Halloween decor. I was playing around with some felt and string and other goodies, when I stumbled upon an idea to create a bat “mobile”. I thought it was a cute play-on-words, and would be a fun addition to our decorations. Also, my kids love it when I sing “the Batman song”, otherwise known as the theme to the Batman TV show from the 60’s. You know, da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, BATMAN, BATMAN, BATMAN. (Now that will be stuck in your head all day!) So while you’re singing that, grab the materials and get crafty, because today I’m sharing this Halloween craft tutorial.
- Black Felt
- Free Bat Printable
- Fabric Scissors
- Puffy Paint (Silver or White)
- String or Fishing Wire
- Hoop (Macrame or Key Ring work well)
1. Cut out the free bat printable.
2. Attach printable to felt and secure using pins.
3. Cut out bat from the felt using printable.
4. Repeat cutting out the bats from the felt using the printable until you have the correct number of bats you would like. (For this project, I created 5 bats.)
5. Using the puffy paint, create two eyes on each of the felt bats you created.
6. Set bats aside to dry.
7. To cover the hoop, wrap the ribbon around the hoop. Keep a long piece at one end, then wrap the remaining ribbon around the hoop until the hoop is completely covered with the ribbon. Tie a knot where the two sides meet.
8. When the eyes on your bats are dry, grab your string and needle to sew a mouth on your bat. Cut your string to the length you would like the bat to hang.
9. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the string.
10. String your needle threw the felt bat to create a small mouth.
11. Tie string together on the backside of the bat by tying the string underneath the knot you made.
12. Repeat for all the felt bats you created.
13. Taking your string, attach the felt bats to the hoop by wrapping the string around the hoop and bat. Then pull the string tight. Cut off excess string.
14. Repeat until all the bats are hanging on the hoop.
15. Now you’ve created your very own bat “mobile”.
Hang your bat “mobile” around the house or turn this small bat “mobile” into a costume! To turn this craft into a costume, simply attach the bat “mobile” to an article of clothing, find a black mask to wear over your eyes, and BOOM! You are now the bat “mobile”. An incredibly easy and pun-y costume! (Get it?!?!)
Now grab your felt and get cutting. I’d love to see how you use this free bat printable to create and decorate for Halloween. Share your craftiness below, or on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! And you can always check out what I’m pinning for Halloween over at my Pinterest page.