Skip to main content

DIY PAPER BATS! SO YOU CAN HAVE BATS, BATS, EVERYWHERE!!!

   This diy comes from www.danamadeit.com .  I have done these for a couple of years now, in three different sizes. Last year I had them outside around my front porch and entry way. The year before, they moved inside in the entry way.  They can be used over and over again.  But instead of tape use poster putty, it can be used over and over again, just like the bats.




Bats!





 
Well, it’s officially raining pumpkin in my inbox. You guys are amazing! I asked for pumpkin and I got pumpkin. Seriously? My thighs are growing with each email I open. I’ll probably have pick my top three and go from there. But who knows, we have a month and a half till Thanksgiving! Yummy. Many thanks for sharing your recipes!
And speaking of rain….or the sky….or things that are spooky and fall-like….here’s what my kids woke up to this morning….






Hundreds of little bats, making their way into our kitchen,






checking out our pumpkin,






and making us all smile (if bats can really do that).






We’re simply batty over here!
Too much? Okay.
So, I don’t usually decorate for Halloween, as in the creepy coffins and skeletons kind of way. But on the Good Report last week (a really cool photography and family life blog that I love) I saw that Leslie felt the same way and so she made these. Perfect! And she got the idea from Country Living. And since I loved them so much, I’m sharing the steps with you!
It’s very easy to do:
* First download the Country Living template HEREAnd while you’re at it, check out their other Halloween templates too.
* Use black cardstock or construction paper. I found this packet of all-black cardstock (50 sheets) at Walmart for $4. SCORE.





* Print the bat image and cut it out. If your printer is out of ink, like mine is, simply hold a piece of paper up to your computer screen and softly trace it. I made two sizes and decided I like the smaller bat better. I got 3 small bats per sheet and 2 of the larger bats (and I cut out about 100 bats total)






* Fold the paper in half and lay the bats on top, lined-up with the fold






* Cut out your bats! Don’t bother with tracing. That takes way too long. Just hold the pattern on there as you cut. Doesn’t need to be exact.






When you’re done you have these cool little guys!






And if you spend a couple hours at the park cutting while the kids play, then you have more to hang on the outside of your house.





Now if I had a really cool outdoor exterior like some of those homes on Country Living, my bats would be superstars. But they’re still pretty fun, leading up to our door. I need another hour at the park to cut out more, so they fly all the way up to the door.





When you’re done cutting, hang them up by applying a small piece of scotch tape or double-stick tape on the back. If you’re hanging them outside, use duct tape.
NOTE: our outdoor bats are starting to sag a bit today (I put them up last night) and I’m not sure if it’s the Texas humidity or they just don’t last long in general (outside). Laminated paper would be perfect but sheesh. Who wants to do that much work?






The inside bats, however, are still going strong and look great.






Arrange them in any fashion you like. Bats usually fly in a stream, following each other.
And if you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that we’re known for our Bats!!







Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PRESENT TOPIARY TO DECORATE YOUR PORCH AND FRONT DOOR!

This comes from www.thatvillagehouse.blogspot.com .  I made something similar a couple years ago, without the pots.  It was about 6 feet high.  I got the inspiration from a Chirstmas dectoration that we bought at Target. This is a very good idea and make a great enterance to your home.  So here's a little something to thing about for next year.  Before you know it December will be here again.  You could also do something like this for an Easter theme.   Enjoy!

A Merry Welcome!

So here is my first Christmas project for the year!! I saw something similar at our church's Advent celebration & pretty much straight up copied it. I couldn't help it. It was love at first sight! I plan to make a 2nd stack to go on the other side of my door, so I'm not completely done, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.
I started with 3 different sized boxes...9, 12 & 14 inch cubes. I used an ice pick to punch holes in each of them so that I could run a rebar through …

DIY FAUX EYE BALLS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN HAUNT!!!

Eyes, eyes, eyes. Why do so many prop builders focus on making perfect eyes? Well, it's the first thing ToTs look at to determine if it's a fake monster or a live actor. You could at least fool them for a few seconds if the eyes look real. For most scares... that's all the time you need 











Okay, here goes the tut... get your wine out.

Supplies Needed:



Clear Eyeballs from the Skeleton Store
10" 20 gauge wire
Pupils template
Clear gloss acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint




Tools Needed:


Wire cutter
Spare foam
Butter knife
Scissors
Thin, long-haired brush
Large brush
Paint mixing jars










Get the Eyes:

THE PILGRIMS AND THE WINTER OF 1620

At daybreak on November 19, 1620, the Mayflower passed the headland of Cape Cod and found herself in peril.  The shoals were dangerously and she had to turn back northward.  Finding a favorable wind, the Mayflower and her human cargo enter the protected waters of the Bay and stared out onto an unknown land.  This was the Pilgrims new home.  After 66 hard days at sea and winter approaching, those faithful English Separatists faced the Winter of 1621.



   The first winter for the Plymouth Colony was filled with loss and longing.  More than half of the 102 Pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower.  Food was scarce.  Hunger and disease plagued and weakened the people.  Cold and harsh conditions wore down moral.  Prospects for the new colony were weak.  The actions of smart men and the sacrifice of brave women contributed to the survival of the Pilgrims.



The Social Contract

   President Lincoln once remarked that a house divided against itself cannot stand.  The Pilgrims knew this prin…