Introduction: Halloween Bat Garland

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I was seriously obsessed with bats when I created this garland for my annual Halloween party and wanted a simple decoration that I could make using only supplies I had on hand.

As it turned out, I had lots of black cardstock, but didn't have any black string. I did, however, have a spool of black wire.  After playing around a bit, I landed on a wire coil connector.  I think it turned out pretty cute, so here's how you can do it too...

SUPPLIES:

*cardstock

*printer or pen

*scissors

*1/16" hole punch

*wire and wire cutters

Step 1: Make Your Bats

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Print or sketch your bat silhouette on cardstock.  I printed four per page on black cardstock...PDF is included below.  You could also print on white, but it will take you a lot more ink to achieve the same effect. If you don't want to print, you can freehand sketch or make a tracing template.  Cut out enough bats to make your garland.  I used 24 to make three strands.  Punch holes in the tips of each wing.

Step 2: Make Your Connectors

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Make wire connector coils by wrapping your wire around a pen or pencil about seven times, then snip the end...this will take about 8-10 inches of wire per coil.  Make as many coils as you need to connect your bats.

Step 3: Connect Your Bats

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Twist one end of your coil through the hole in a bat wing about two times through so that it stays put.  Then twist a bat wing onto the other end of the coil to connect the two.  You can smoosh or stretch the wire as you like to make the bats stay put.

Step 4: Hang Your Garland

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When you have enough bats strung together, hang!

Comments

jessyratfink (author)2012-09-23

That's so cute! Love that you turned the wire into coils, it looks so much nicer that way.

Thanks so much! Glad you like the tutorial. :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-09-24

Wonderful! I agree with jessyratfink, the wire coils really just add that something special to the garland :)

Thanks Penolopy! They say necessity is the mother of invention and it's so true! When forced to work with what you have on-hand, you get creative and the good ideas come out. :)

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