Bat-o'-Lanterns

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Bat-o'-Lanterns
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages preschooler

Stage a spooky scene by assembling a colony of these winged creatures made from miniature pumpkins and craft foam.

Download Bat-o'-Lanterns Template

What you'll need

  • Black acrylic paint
  • Ornamental (miniature) pumpkins
  • Black and white craft foam
  • Wings,ears & eyes template
  • Hole punch
  • Glue dots
  • Black duct tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Wooden skewers

How to make it

  1. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth or newspaper, then paint the pumpkins. Allow them to dry completely.
     

  2. For each bat, choose a style of wings and eyes from the template.Then, trace and cut out two identical eyes from the white craft foam and use the hole punch to make pupils. Adhere the eyes to the pumpkin with glue dots.
     

  3. Cut a matching pairs of ears and wings from the black craft foam (our wings are about 6 inches long). Attach the ears by taping a toothpick to the back of each one, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of the toothpick exposed, then inserting it into the top of the pumpkin.

  4. Finally, tape a skewer to the back of each wing, leaving a 2-inch point exposed, and push it in place.
     

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