Halloween Black Paper Bats
It’s never too early to start decorating for Halloween at our house! This year we are making paper bats for Halloween with black paper and neon designs in addition to our usual pumpkins and spiders! We teamed up with OOLY using their spectacularly fun Dot-A-Lot Paints! Neon colors that are fun for every member and age of the family! We have used the Dot-A-Lot paint on tiny pumpkins, phone covers and little one actually decorated his door with it (was quite a surprise)! Grab some Dot-A-Lot Paint Squeezies and OOLY black craft paper to get started!~
Black Paper Supplies We Used –
black paper from The Paper Works Sketchbook
Draw Your Paper Bat Outline
Draw a bat outline on black paper. No details, just a very basic outline. If you use a #2 pencil you will be able to see your outline enough to follow. You can find a lot of bat printables online by doing an easy search.
Cut Your Bat Shapes
Cut out the bat. Because you will want more than one bat; put together a few sheets of black paper so that when you cut, you’re cutting multiples! And not all your bats have to be the same size or shape.
When your bats are cut out start decorating!
We like green eyes and orange dots or purple eyes and green dots. With the Dot-A-Lot Craft Paint it’s easy to make different size dots and even do patterns with the different colors. If your kid isn’t into the neon colors, there are also Pearlescent Dot-A-Lot Paints available too. What’s cool about the dots is that they are 3D and add texture not just color.
Let the dots dry for several hours until totally dry.
Let ’em Fly
Cut pipe cleaners in half.
Tape one end of the pipe cleaner to the back of the bat.
Then tape the other end to the wall and turn and maneuver the pipe cleaner to make the bat look like he’s flying.
Do as many as your kids want to make!
We added ours to the outside of the fireplace…like they were flying out. It looks like the bats are flying in a swarm out of the cave!
Or try these variations
Making different sized Halloween paper bats allows everyone to be able to to have a favorite.
Try taping small bats to a long fishing line and tape them 3 inches apart on the line to look like they are flying in the air. Or you could punch a small hole on the bats head and then string them along the line. And if you want the bats to appear like they are hanging upside down, put the hole in their tail before stringing up.
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Just some of the products available for Black Paper Bats Crafting: