My daughter has been dying to start on Fall crafts this year. We’ve just been so busy with school and after school activities that we hadn’t had a chance to create anything.
This past weekend we actually had nothing on our plate which doesn’t happen very often so her and I finally got a chance to make a fun wreath. She wanted to do a bat for the first go around so we came up with a simple craft that kids can help out with.
Kid-Friendly Easy Bat Halloween Wreath
What you need:
- Cardboard (size will depend on how bit you want your bat shape)
- Glue (we used Elmer’s School Glue)
- Orange and yellow construction paper
- Fabric (cut up t-shirts and sweaters work great)
This is so easy to make! The hardest part was cutting out the bat shape, we actually used a sturdy piece of cardboard for this. For the black fabric we used an old unused sweater that cut up but you can also use a t-shirt or any other fabric.
For our bat template we just eyeballed it and drew it ourselves but you can do a search online and find tons of templates out there that you can print. I really wish we would have done that because our template looked ok after we cut it out on cardboard but once we got the fabric wrapped around it the ears kind of disappeared.
I let my daughter help with everything.. so as you can see above our bat template isn’t perfect but to me that makes it even better. Once we got our template we cut our sweater fabric into 1 in. wide strips and just started wrapping those around the cut-out. We also used Elmer’s School Glue to hold the fabric in place.
This is what is looked like after we had the fabric wrapped around the entire cut-out. Lesson Learned.. be sure to make the head/ears a little taller so you don’t lose them in the fabric once you get it on.
Then we decided to spruce it up a bit and my daughter cut out a large circle (we traced the lid to the large oatmeal container) for the sun and used pumpkin shaped cookie cutters to cut out the pumpkins in the corner. The sun and pumpkins were cut out of construction paper. She wanted it to say Boo so we wrote those letters on with a permanent marker. To hold those in place we also used the Elmer’s School Glue.
This is by no means water or weather proof, just something fun for the kids to help out with. You can then use a string or more fabric hang the wreath with.
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