Swarm of Bats Pumpkin
By: Kami Bigler
Age: 5 and up
Everyone will go batty for this pumpkin that's perfect for adding a festive flare to the porch for Halloween. This is also a great way to make use of a pumpkin before you are ready to carve it into a jack-o'-lantern.
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What you'll need:
- Small to medium-sized pumpkin
- Scissors and bat pattern, bat craft punch, or bat die-cut
- Black cardstock
- Glue dots or white craft glue or removable craft dots
How to make it:
- Using the black cardstock, cut out lots of mini bat shapes. Whether you cut the bats out with a pattern and scissors, die-cut, or craft punch, use the same bat shape – it's the repeat pattern that makes this craft look so cool. We used a pattern from a die-cut machine. (See photo.)
- Once all of your bat shapes are cut out, adhere them to the pumpkin in a diagonal, swarm-like shape. To adhere, you can use mini glue dots, white craft glue, or a removable glue dot runner. (See photo.)
- Make sure to only adhere the centers of each mini paper bat, this way you can bend their wings inward to give them a more three-dimensional look. (See photo.)
- You are ready to set your festive pumpkin out on display!
- If you don't have a bat-shaped die-cut or craft punch, you could use one at your local scrapbook store for a small cost, or you can use scissors to cut out this bat pattern.
- If you use removable adhesive, you can reuse the little bats year after year...or on another project.
Kami Bigler is the creator of nobiggie.net, where she blogs about all that she loves: paper crafts, recipes, thrifting, and all things holidays.