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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

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

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

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

When you have enough bats strung together, hang!
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. :)
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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