Make a Festive DIY Bat Garland

Foam shapes and cleverly cut paper straws form an adorable Halloween decoration. Use our easy instructions to make your own garland, plus see more of our best Halloween DIY ideas.

Halloween decorations

Cut store-bought patterned paper straws into small pieces and string them through the middles to form a fun and festive banner. String a second strand of foam pieces in traditional shapes (think bats or pumpkins) to finish off this adorable decor piece. This piece is best for indoor decorating but can be hung outdoors on dry days. 

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What You'll Need:

halloween bats craft supplies
  • Paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Large needle
  • Thread
  • Felt bats
  • Foam balls or felt pom-poms

Step 1: Cut and string straws

threading string through straws

Buy a large package of paper straws with a festive holiday pattern (these are usually available in the party supplies section of the grocery store). Trim the straws to match the ideal width of your banner; we started with 8-inch straws and cut them in half to form 4-inch pieces. Use a needle and thread to puncture the middle of each straw and string the pieces together to form a garland. Keep stringing straws until the garland reaches your desired length (we made ours about 5 feet long).

Step 2: String foam shapes

string thread through bat cutouts

Purchase a package of precut foam shapes or draw and trace a pattern to cut your own. If your foam shapes don't come with holes (or if you made your own), use a small hole punch to add holes to either side of each shape. Use a needle and thread to string the foam shapes together, adding small foam balls or pom-poms for a festive touch; keep stringing until this garland matches the length of the straw garland. 

Step 3: Style and hang

halloween straw and bat garlands

When you're finished stringing both garlands, tie off the ends so you don't lose any shapes or straws. Hang both strands close together so the two garlands form a cohesive piece. At first, the straw pieces will likely hang together, in large chunks of flat pieces; after you hang the garland, move and pull the straw pieces so they point in different directions. This DIY garland is the perfect way to add some spook to your indoor decorating. If you're planning to hang the garland outdoors, remember to bring it in overnight and only hang it outside on warmer, dry days.

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