I’ve had more bat encounters than I care to count, and I wish they all looked as cute as these Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George. These towering bats will add a fun touch to your Halloween décor, and your party guests will say “aww”, instead of “eeeek!” These Halloween Bats are a fun Halloween craft for kids, too, so gather the supplies and make a whole colony of bats.
To make Long-Legged Bats, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 1” ball (small bat) or 2-½” ball (large bat)
- 2-½” egg (one per bat)
- Scrap piece
- Wood dowel, ¼” dia.: 16” for small bat; 24” for large bat
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Cardstock in black
- Beads, 3/8” in black (eyes)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; plastic knife or serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle*; wooden skewers; stiff paintbrush
*NOTE: Only adults should use the serrated knife. If children are making the craft, either have an adult cut the foam for them, or closely watch the children while they use a plastic knife.
To make Long-Legged Bats:
1. Children: With the plastic knife, cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface. These will be the bat’s feet.
Adults: Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface.
2. Cut each dowel in half, so you have two, 8” lengths, and two, 12” lengths.
3. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the foam balls and egg halves, and use as a handle while painting. Paint the balls, half eggs and wood dowels black. Insert the skewers into the foam scrap to hold the pieces upright while the paint dries.
4. Insert and glue a dowel into the top of each half egg. Insert and the other end of each dowel into the bottom of the foam ball.
5. Using the patterns, cut out the wings from cardstock. Score along the fold lines, and then fold the wings slightly forward. Slightly curl the tip of each wing by dragging the side of a pencil over it.
6. Glue the wings onto the back of the bat body.
7. Cut out ears for each bat. Curl the edges of each ear. Make two pencil holes in the top of each bat. Insert an ear into each hole.
8. Glue or pin on beads for eyes.
9. Use the blunt end of a thin wooden skewer to press nostril indentations between the eyes, forming a nose.
If you’re feeling “batty”, here’s another bat craft Kathleen shared with us last year – Halloween Sock Bats.
Here are a few more favorite, Halloween crafts for kids.
Have you had any close encounters of the bat kind? In various houses I’ve lived in, I’ve had bats in the attic, the bedroom, the laundry room, and most recently, I’ve discovered that they’re living in the tree right outside my door. As long as they stay outside, I’m o.k. with that!
Happy bat crafting!