As we approach Halloween; which is one of my favorite holidays, I am excited with anticipation the children, costumes and mostly decorating! Looking at the picture from last year I realized something was missing; Bats! I thought to share this activity with you. Halloween was more intense when my children were younger; I had the opportunity to make their costumes.. Prize Winning, by the way. The anticipation and excitement were much like Christmas. Being a single mom at their beckoned call; gave me quality time with the little ones, moments I treasure and miss. Why the year I had asked my son what his choice of costume would be at the age of 13; his reply was shocking … I’m not dressing up anymore! Smiling I realized again he was making his own choices; not bad considering his choice those days; going to teen nite dancing and socializing..
So here I am far away in Nevada; each year slowly adding to the decorating. I realized there were no Bats! I started making bats 30 years ago, when my daughter was a toddler…. we sat for an arts crafts time, the entire day simplifying and perfecting Halloween Bats which hung from the outside trees. So many people complimented us on the effect. Depending on the winds each year, losing a few gave us the opportunity to have another project replenishing lost bats the following year..When my son was born in the fall a few years later; another fabulous idea..a baby bat! I will happily share that costume later.
1 black board sheet ( 4 bats)
black duck tape
Lay out the sheet on a flat surface, visualizing 4 sections for ample room to make at least 4 bats per sheet. Cut & trim the bats; make an inverted section for feet and place a small piece (1/2″ x 1/2″) of duck tape between the foot area. I remember trying to use the center area on my first attempt; a strong wind ripped them. Later I designed them to hang down and they held up well. In the center of the tape insert a small piece of wire (1 – 1/2 “) to use as an anchor. After pushing it thru bend the extended end down to each opposite side for closure. Fishing line slips thru easily and holds up well to the wind.
insert wire thru tape area
use the first one as a template
A family fun activity, I look forward to decorating once again this Halloween with bats cascading from the trees..
Hope you enjoy this! The bat wings inspired me for my sons’ first costume which was basic. I designed a costume using a soft black fabric; choosing a sleeper as a pattern. The wings were made of cardboard covered with fabric which I adhered with spray adhesive. I inserted the wings from the shoulder-blade area. This was comfortable while in his carriage or carrier. He was seven weeks old; a little hoodie cap to which I added little pointed ears and a strap under the chin..the fabric overlayed in the back and I used velcro for the closures. Velcro was new then and simplified the finish.
- hang with fishing line
Wishing all a safe and Happy Halloween!