I know it’s still a month away, but are your kids getting excited for Halloween? Mine keep asking when they can dress up and go trick-or-treating. Can it be the 31st already? I’m a little anxious too. 🙂
Our house is all decked out spooky style. Each year I add a few more decor pieces. I’ve tried to restrain myself this time around, though, because we really do have more than enough. That’s why I (and my husband) love this vampire bat. It’s made of balloons, so it’s a one-time use decoration that I don’t have to store. 🙂
And, the kids can practically make it by themselves! I had to trace the wings and help hold it while my six-year-old attached the parts, but she was really able to do most of it on her own.
Isn’t he a cute little guy?
2 black balloons
black and white cardstock or posterboard
black duct tape
Black string or ribbon
Blow up your two balloons. Our bat body was about 12″ in diameter and the head was around 8″ in diameter. There’s no right or wrong size, though. You just want the body to be larger than the head.
Attach them at the knots with your black duct tape.
Now trace and cut out two bat wings, two ears, and two eye centers with your black cardstock. These are super easy to free-hand. You can also just draw the eye centers on with black marker if you’d like.
Trace and cut out eyeballs and fangs with white cardstock.
Now attach all the parts with black duct tape. Just be sure to put them in the right place the first time because the balloons will pop if you try to remove and re-position.
Tie your string or ribbon at the center where the head and body meet and hang from the ceiling.
There you have it! Such a cute little bloodsucker.
This is really one of the most simple crafts you can make with your kids. They’ll love it!