Clippy Bats

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

These cute little bats are a quick and easy craft to do with the kids. Made from a clothespin, you can clip them around your Halloween home for some cute, not too spooky fun!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, fold your black paper in half. On the fold, draw a single bat wing with a white, or light-colored crayon. Cut out, and unfold.

Use your markers to decorate your clothespins.

Cut little bat heads from the black paper–make them round, with little pointed ears, like a cat’s head. Or, have children cut out round heads, and then glue tiny triangles on the top of the head to make the ears.

Using the glue dots, attach googly eyes to the head–unroll the dots, stick an eye to the glue dot, and then peel the eye off of the backing and attach to your bat. Glue dots work much better for gluing googly eyes on projects, rather than other glue, as googly eyes (since they are smooth, and non-absorbent on the back) will pop right off the project when regular glue dries hard.  Glue dots stay tacky, and eyes stay on projects–glue dots are my new go-to for keeping googly eyes attached to kid crafts. Draw a mouth with a white crayon. Use a small dot of Elmer’s to glue the head to the end of the clothespin that you push together to open the pin, and use the “pinchy” end as the feet of your bat, so you can make it hang upside down.

Open your bat wings, and decorate with a white crayon.

Use a small line of Elmer’s glue to glue the wings to the back of the clothespin.

Make your bats plain black, for a more realistic bat, or go crazy and make wild, colorful bats.

Clip your bats to lampshades, garlands, curtains, anywhere you can pin a clothespin.

Happy Halloween Crafting!

 

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