I thought I’d go batty trying to craft a flapping bat to hang at our door this Halloween but it was much easier than expected! Best of all the girls (and anyone who comes knocking on our door) will have a spooktacular time interacting with it. All they need to do is pull a chord and the bat flaps its wings and looks likes it’s flying.
- Light cardboard (we recycled some of our bigger birthday cards)
- Fishing line
- A needle
- black paint
- A fairly straight stick
- A paddle pop stick
- A good craft glue
- paper clips
- Beads or (fishing) sinkers
- Free downloadable template (below)
How to make the flapping bat craft
1. Print out the bat template. Bat Wing template
2. Cut out the template and use it to cut two wings and two bat bodies out of the cardboard
3. Put the template back over the bat body cardboard and using scissors or a stanley knife, cut along the length of the line. Do this for both bat bodies. Put some more cardboard underneath to ensure you don’t cut the work bench.
6. Cut a piece of fishing line about 20 cm long. Tie a bead or sinker on the end of the fishing line and tuck the other end of the fishing line into one of the slots in the bat body. Glue the two bat bodies together. I slipped paper clips over the two sides of the bat body to ensure the they stuck together very well.
7. Cut the ends off a paddle pop stick to make two ears. Glue them onto the bat.
8. Once the glue is completely dry, paint the bat with black paint (or any colour, really). You can also paint on some eyes here too.
9. Cut four equal pieces of fishing line approximately 20 cm long. Thread two pieces of fishing line on each wing, about 2cm from the body (see image). I threaded the fishing line through a needle and then the needle through the wings. I tied a knot three times in the same spot on fishing line under the wings to make it hold, similar to how you’d secure your cotton if you were hand stitching.
10. Tie the other ends of the fishing line to the stick ( see image above). Try to make sure you tie it in a similar length to all the fishing line so it balances. Tip: If the wings aren’t sitting straight, you’ll either have to tie the fishing line again, so that it balances or replace the bead with something heavier like a sinker. We ended up having to replace the bead with sinkers.
11. Attach one long piece of string to each side of the stick to make a handle.
12. Pull on the string to make your bat flap its wings!
I’m hoping we can store this somewhere and bring it out every year. Perhaps we can make one each year and end up with a colony of coloured bats at our front door. Either way, this flapping bat craft has been a hit with my girls this Halloween and I’m hoping any visitors enjoy it too.