Have you heard this quip making the rounds online: “I’m absolutely convinced that the socks that go missing in the dryer turn into extra Tupperware lids”? I know this happens at my house, all the time! Well, here’s what you can do with those extra socks – DIY a Halloween Sock Bat. Around here, I have enough single socks to make a whole colony of Halloween Sock Bats, and then some. So, here’s how to turn those mismatched socks into Halloween Sock Bats.
To make a Halloween Sock Bat, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg and 2” ball
- Stretchy black sock
- Black felt
- Half-round beads, 8mm, three in black
- Chenille stem
- Heavy-duty black thread or wire
- Low-temp glue
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; toothpicks; craft pins
To make a Halloween Sock Bat:
- Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” foam egg and from one side of the 2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
- Twist together the cut edges so they fit together snugly. Insert toothpicks between the two pieces and glue the ball and egg together.
- Roll up the sock, and push the head of the bat down into the toe of the sock. Tightly stretch the sock around the bottom of the body, and wrap heavy black thread or wire around the gathered sock. Trim the sock, leaving a 1” tail.
- Fold a black chenille stem in half. Center the chenille stem around the gathered sock and wrap the two ends around the sock in opposite directions. Bend the ends into hooks to make feet for hanging.
- Using the pattern, cut wings and the ears from black felt.
6. The ears go on either side, toward the top of the bat’s head. For each ear, carefully insert the tip of the serrated knife into the head, making a slit though the sock and into the foam. Place a dot of white craft glue on the slit. Fold an ear in half and place the bottom edge on the glue. Using the knife, push the felt into the slit. Spread the ear out in the center with your fingers.
7. Glue on 8mm, half-round black beads for the eyes and nose.
8. Glue the wings onto the center back of the bat.
- Hang the bat upside down from his feet.
Still have some socks leftover? If you have extra orange socks, you can DIY a Row of Sock Pumpkins.
You might also like the Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.
About those socks. I just counted 27! mismatched socks in my sock pile. 27! It was 29, but I actually matched up a pair while counting them. I don’t dare go near the Tupperware cupboard . . . Does this sound like your house?