Introduction: Bat Bouquet

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Nothing says spooky like a cloud of bats. So if you're looking for simple Halloween decorations to scare up your house this creepy season, the bat bouquet is for you!

Step 1: Supplies

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black construction paper
one piece of 11 x 17 black construction paper
tall glass jar or large tin can
1-2 cups rice
print out of bat stencils (see pdf file attached to this step)
1-2 bunches of curly willow*
scissors
clear tape
glue gun & glue sticks
chalk or chalk pencil

*most flower shops will have this in stock

Step 2: Build Your Bat Support Bouquet

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Fill your container 1/3 up with rice.

Snap the ends of the curly willow off so that the length sticking up above the top of your container is 24". (So 24" PLUS the height of your jar or can.)

Arrange them in the container so that you create a nice even 'cloud' or 'tree' of curly willow. You may have to break off individual branches to fill in empty spaces.

Step 3: Wrap Your Jar in Darkness

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Hold the 11x17" black construction paper piece up against your container lengthwise.

With your thumb, measure about 1" above the top of your container. Fold the remaining amount of paper down, like pictured. This will be the top edge of your wrap.

Wrap the paper around the container so that the top is even and use tape to secure the end edge in place.

NOTE: I built my Bat Bouquet to go up against a wall, so I wasn't worried about the visible tape in the back. If you plan on putting this on a table, either use double sided tape and place it on the underside of the edge, or make little rolls out of the regular tape to use as double sided tape.

Step 4: Go Batty!

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Use scissors to cut out one set of the four bat stencils. (Cut out two sets if you have helpers.)

Cut a piece of black construction paper that is twice as wide as the smallest bat half. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Then fold it in half again, and then into thirds, like pictured.

Place the smallest bat half* so that the flat side of the bat is lined up with the first folded edge of the black paper. You want to make sure that when you cut the stencil out, you end up with whole bats once unfolded.

Use this technique to cut out 6-10 x-small, 5-8 small, 4-7 medium, and 4-5 large bats.

*The reason there are 4 sizes of bats is so that you can create some depth of field and make the bat cloud look more realistic = the smaller ones will look farther away and the largest ones, closest.

Step 5: Building Your Bat Bouquet

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Use a dab of hot glue on the back of each bat to attach them to the curly willows.

I started in the back with the x-small ones and worked my way to the front, making the bats bigger as I went until I had a visually pleasing, evenly spaced bat bouquet!

Add this to a side table display of pumpkins or slide it in next to a Pumpkin Drink Cooler at your Halloween dance party! For an even cooler effect, place a fan to blow on the bats so that it looks like they're flying! Oooooohh,

Have a spooky one y'all! And make sure that if you try making this instructable, that you add a picture to the comments section. I'd love to see how you make it your own!

Comments

wannabemadsci (author)2017-10-19

Very Elegant!

Thank you for sharing!!!

Eh Lie Us! (author)2015-10-26

Coming from a guy that barely has enough fashion sense to match my socks, this is something that looks very nice. Simple and looks great!

SeaElf (author)2015-10-21

I wonder if there is a way to attach the bats without glue- so that they're removable, in order to reuse the curly willow?

Paige Russell (author)SeaElf2015-10-22

I just tried pulling off one of the bats and the cooled hot glue came of easily with a firm 'peel' pull and didn't leave a mark on the willow!

eric.atkinson (author)SeaElf2015-10-22

If you cut them out of black foam core, then you could pierce the foam and place them that way.

really nice "Floral" arrangement. Some friends are getting married on Halloween and I will have to suggest this as an arrangement.

Beautiful_mind (author)2015-10-20

Nice one. simple and looks great, a perfect deco for Halloween

Thanks! :)

lcdc59 (author)2015-10-20

Cool!! I bet the kids love it!!

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