An easy Halloween craft – DIY a Halloween Sock Bat

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.

These are fun -- Halloween bats made from old socks & Styrofoam shapes.

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:

  1. 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.
  1. Twist together the cut edges so they fit together snugly. Insert toothpicks between the two pieces and glue the ball and egg together.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Using the pattern, cut wings and the ears from black felt.
Can bats be cute? This one is! It's made from a sock & Styrofoam shapes.

Use the pattern to cut out the wings and ears. Easy!

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.

  1. Hang the bat upside down from his feet.
Easy Halloween craft -- hanging bats made from old socks & Styrofoam brand foam.

Halloween Sock Bats by Kathleen George.

Still have some socks leftover? If you have extra orange socks, you can DIY a Row of Sock Pumpkins.   

recycle Halloween crafts made with socks

Sock Pumpkins all in a Row designed by Kathleen George

You might also like the Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.

Love these Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins! Fun-to-make gift ideas for teachers & neighbors, too.

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?

Craft ideas for using up old socks on

Happy crafting!


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12 Responses to An easy Halloween craft – DIY a Halloween Sock Bat

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  3. The sock pumpkin foursome is adorable!!! LOVE it!

    • Sharon says:

      Aren’t their faces the sweetest? Kathleen used Kool Aid to color the socks orange — have you ever tried that technique? I’d think kids would love it! Sharon

  4. CraftyB says:

    So much cuter than the real thing. Perfect for Halloween decor. I’ll need to work fast with only a few days to go!!

  5. Angie says:

    Cute use for those single socks that have no partners! Love the ideas!

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Sounds like my house….got you beat with 4 kids, 2 puppies & hubby. I have a full bushel of them. Lol

    Love the bats but those pumpkins come in a close 2nd. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      He, he, I bet you have a bushel of mismatched socks! It’s such a mystery as to where they go. Maybe you can DIY a colony of bats AND a pumpkin patch! Thanks for stopping in , Lisa. Sharon

  7. Angie F says:

    This sounds just like our house! We have a whole basket of random socks and it drives me nuts! Then we have a billion lids but I can never find bowls to match… It’s a sad situation 😉

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