This year I wanted to expand my fall time horizons and try something new! And along with a couple other rad blogger gals — we all created our own fun DIY Halloween decor! (Read all the way to the end where I share their blog links and project photos)
- glue gun + glue sticks (this was the quickest way to glue the paper wings to the clothespins — but you could also try regular craft glue or super glue if you have patience)
- wooden clamp clothespins (I got a pack of 36 from Dollar Tree for $1)
- black craft paper / or poster board (I got a big sheet of poster board at Dollar Tree for $1)
- black craft paint (I already had some at home, but you can get yours at any craft store for reaaal cheap)
- pain brush
- pen or pencil
- clear fishing line (got mine at Walmart — 100 yards for $1.16)
- clear tacks
LETS DIVE IN!
Plug in your hot glue gun so it’s ready to go. Now, for your bat wings, you an either free hand and create your own little template, OR you can be all fancy and print one off online and use that. Either totally works! I just tried my luck of drawing my own template. I cut it out, and then used that to trace 8 more sets. I placed the clothespin by the template to make sure the size proportion looked good.
*MAKE SURE YOU DRAW OUT A LITTLE EXTRA PIECE AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE TO MAKE A LITTLE TAB TO FOLD AND GLUE TO THE CLOTHESPIN*
*Disclaimer - in the beginning, I made the mistake on only one side...after hanging them up, I realized it was a big mistake with the bats turning around and showing the bare, unpainted end. Don’t be like me and paint all external sides beforehand, so you aren’t standing on a step ladder after hanging them, painting them while hung up.
Cut the paper bat wings and flip half of them so you have equal amount of left and right wings. Fold the little tabs, so that you can just glue and stick them to the clothespins right away!
EASY PEASY RIGHT?!
Take the fishing line, and cut out different lengths. I double knotted one end — this was so that I could stick the tack through, so it would help when poking it into the ceiling — holding up the bats!
Arrange them how you like, and poke them into the ceiling! BAM! DONE! It was simple and fun! I think it’s inspired me to make a point to try and do a new Halloween DIY every year moving forward!
Let me know what you think!
Dani - The Taborhood
Victoria - The Home Envy