DIY Bat Garland

Throughout October I’m going to be taking some time off and have invited a handful of my favorite bloggers to join us. Today we’re welcoming Kelly of Studio DIY, a blog dedicated to crafty party ideas. Kelly dreams up some of the greatest DIY ideas going and today I am so honored to have her share her talents here with you!

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Hello, hello! Kelly here from Studio DIY, a DIY party blog, and I am so excited to be guest blogging on The Sweetest Occasion today! Especially because it’s just in time for one of my very favorite holidays, Halloween. Today I’m sharing a tutorial perfect for all your upcoming Halloween bashes and haunted houses, a DIY bat garland! And as a bonus, these super simple bats make pretty awesome cupcake toppers, too!

Supplies -

  • Smooth foam balls (I used the 2″ size, you can find them at your local craft store!)
  • Black craft paint + brush
  • Black cardstock
  • Bat wing template (a free printable PDF!)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Tape, Glue Dots + a hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Lollipop sticks (If you’re making cupcake toppers!)

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest OccasionDIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Paint your smooth foam balls with black craft paint (I found dabbing the paint on versus brushing it on worked best) and let dry completely. Touch up any spots where they have rolled and smudged.

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest OccasionDIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Cut out your batwings using the template. You’ll need four for each bat. Tape a toothpick to one of your wings.

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest OccasionDIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Sandwich your wing and toothpick with another wing. I used glue dots to hold these together. Carefully push the finished batwings into each side of your smooth foam ball with the hole in the ball facing upwards.

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest OccasionDIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Place a dot of hot glue on top of the hole in each ball and attach a length of twine, I made mine slightly diagonal. Hang up your garland, turn on some Thriller and call it a successful Halloween!

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

Want to make these guys into a cupcake topper instead? When adding the batwings to your smooth foam ball, do so with the hole facing down. Cut a lollipop stick to the appropriate length, add a dot of hot glue to the top of it and insert it into the hole. Let dry and top your cupcakes!

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Halloween Bat Garland by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

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this is so clever and fabulous.

This bat garland is so cute!! I love it so much I think I will try it, and I will definitely have to “pin” it so I can share it with everyone else!!

Thanks so much for having me Cyd, these were a blast to make! And they’re hanging in my living room right now, ready for our Halloween bash!

Victoria

These are clean and simple, my kind of decoration! I like it.
This same technique would work wonderfully to make a golden snitch garland, too. (from Harry Potter) Very cool.

I had almost everything I needed to make these except the foam balls. Bought those today and I’m going to make this fun garland over the weekend! Love it!

its sooo easy ill be able to make a thousand to make my moms house and my dads house super cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love these cuties! Made them tonight using craft foam for the wings. I painted the toothpicks black and hot glued them directly to the foam (saved a step and didn’t have to cut as many wings! Thank you for the awesome idea and template!

cyd

Thanks, Sarah! So glad you gave this a try, I love this garland! :-)

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