Hello you lovely people! Today we have a spooky halloween DIY. Say hello to my cardboard tube bats!
Ok, so they’re not that spooky…they’re actually pretty cute in fact, I love their little faces! I’ve named them Bert and Eric; I feel that suits them.
Now would you believe me if I told you that Bert and Eric started life as toilet roll tubes? Well, you probably would judging off the title of this post, but still, they look pretty good for some recycled cardboard tubes!
Fancy making your own bats?
You will need:
- Cardboard toilet roll tubes (as many for however many bats you wish to make!)
- Black or dark grey acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- A black marker pen
- Black card
- A glue gun (though regular PVA or a glue stick would work too!)
- Paint your toilet roll tubes using your black or grey paint- I used a dark grey colour. Leave to dry.
- Once your toilet roll tubes have dried, fold the top of your tube in on itself to create the bat ear shape as shown. Do the same with the bottom of your tube.
- Paint two white circles on your tube for your bats eyes, and two small triangles for fangs. Once your white paint has dried, draw pupils and a line for the mouth of your bat using the marker pen.
- Cut out your wings. Fold a piece of card in half and cut out a wing shape, when you open your card out you will have a perfectly symmetrical set of wings! Do this for however many bats you are making.
- Glue your wings to the back of your bat. I used glue gun for this, but PVA glue should work fine too.
- Glue two pieces of thin wire to the bottom of your bat for its legs! Curl the bottom of the wire over to allow your bats to hang upside down from things around your house! (Eric and Bert have been living quite happily on a lamp shade for the past month! 😉 ).
I absolutely love how these little guys turned out, and they really were so simple to make, a perfect DIY for the kids to help with!
I think these look especially great hanging from the fancy light we have in our snug at home; super creepy right?
That’s all from me today guys, and also my last Halloween DIY for the year! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of my posts leading up to Halloween, and if you’re looking for some inspiration over the weekend why not check them out?
Best wishes to you all,