How to Make a Papier-Mâché Bat


How to Make a Papier-Mâché Bat. You've mastered the jack-o'-lantern and the scary spider webs? Want to add something more unusual to your Halloween decorations? Try a papier-mache bat.

Things You'll Need

  • Tempera Paints (black)
  • Round Balloons
  • Pipe Cleaners (black)
  • String
  • Large Wiggly Eyes
  • Measuring Tapes
  • Hobby Paintbrushes
  • Black Trash Bags
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper (black)
  • Elastic Strands (black)
  • White Glues
  • Needles
  • Old Newspapers
  • Make papier-mache paste. (See "How to Make Papier-Mache Paste.")

  • Cut sheets of newspaper into strips 2 inches wide.

  • Blow up a balloon to the size of the bat you want to create.

  • Tie off the balloon with a long string so you can hang it to dry.

  • Dip one strip of the paper into the paste at a time.

  • Apply each strip to the balloon after dipping.

  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the balloon is covered. The more layers you apply, the stronger the finished craft will be.

  • Hang the balloon in a warm place and let it dry for 24 hours. Place a newspaper under the hanging balloon to catch any drips.

  • Insert a needle into the base of the balloon until you hear a pop.

  • Paint the ball black. Let it dry.

  • Measure across the balloon and add 12 inches to that length.

  • Using that number, cut a piece from a black trash bag that long and 6 inches wide.

  • Fold the plastic piece in half.

  • Scallop the edges.

  • Place a black pipe cleaner in the fold of the plastic square, and staple or glue it into place for wings.

  • Glue wings to the top and back of the bat.

  • Cut ears from black construction paper and glue them into place.

  • Attach large wiggly eyes, or make your own from construction paper.

  • Tape string or a piece of black elastic to the bat's back, and hang it from the ceiling for a flying effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cover your work area with lots of newspaper or a drop cloth. This is a very messy craft.
  • Refer to "How to Make a Papier-Mache Pumpkin" if you'd like to make both crafts at the same time.

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