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Cast a spell on your home with these easy Halloween crafts. Spooky bats and black cats decorations crawl and flutter through the season. that are both easy and fun to make.
Let your guests take flight with this bat container. To disguise your halloween treats, download our pattern and use to cut two wings out of black cardstock. Slip the slitted wings onto each side of a wire handle of a black take-out-style carton (available at crafts stores). Cut out colored cardstock for the eyes, mouth, and fangs. Adere with glue and fill with Halloween treats.
Scattered along a stair landing, cardstock cutouts will make a guest's skin crawl. With a feline in pursuit, a game of cat and mouse ensues.
This colorful specimen board is sure to draw attention when hung in your home for Halloween. To make, use a die-cutting tool or a bat punch to make 24 bat shapes from assorted scrapbooking-paper colors and patterns. Bend the wings slightly to create a multidimensional look. Cover a 12-inch cardboard or plywood square with even-weave fabric, taping excess fabric on the back. Stack two adhesive dots on the back of each bat, and press bats onto the fabric-covered square. Remove the backing from the frame, and attach specimen board to the backing with hook-and-loop squares.
Set pumpkins on their sides to create a cat face on the bottom. Simple triangle ears made from paper can be attached with pins. Learn more about painting pumpkins in the link below.
Instead of treat bags, dole out these cat-theme goody buckets. Decorate an empty, unused paint can with scrapbooking papers and letters. Adhere a cardstock cat face, then spread glue on the eyes and sprinkle with mini beads.
Instead of adding more sweets to trick-or-treaters' bags, hand out feline pencil toppers -- the kids will pounce on them!
With his toothy grin and a pumpkin bucket, this cool cat is ready for a night of trick-or-treating! Reminiscent of vintage figures, ours is fashioned from plastic foam, dowels, and painted papier-mache.
Add a warm glow to your party by attaching black paper bats to inexpensive glass candleholders with double-stick tape, and then cover the entire unit with orange glassine. The bats appear to be flying right at you!
Created in pieces, this Cheshire cat can be resized to fit on almost any rooftop. Paint the eyes and teeth with glow-in-the-dark acrylics, add a bright bow tie, and you'll have a showstopper cat who's ready to shine on this big night out.
This bat is sure to terrify intruders with its frightening, luminous eyes.
Light the path to your haunted mansion with these clever milk jug luminarias.