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How to make Halloween Bats from Inner tubes.

by Al - October 27th, 2011.
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An up-cycled project

Have you ever had the feeling that someone or something was staring at you? True story, I was asleep in my dorm one Saturday night and I had an eerie feeling that I was being stared at. I slowly opened my eyes, and and a bat was hanging upside down from the walls of my cubicle. I guess it was not staring since Jamaican bats (or rat bat as they are called there) are blind. Oddly enough, I was sot spooked – you see, my high school (Hampton School for girls) is over 100 years old – it was founded in 1858 – and in buildings that old, bats came with the territory.

I was telling my son about my bat encounter, and I had a light bulb moment. Why not do a bat project for Halloween! I had the perfect thing with which to do my project – on old inner tube from my bike – I bet you can pick these up for free from your local bike shop.

Here’s my process:

  • I drew a simple outline of a bat and cut it out with scissors. This will be my template.

Free Printable

  • Next, I placed the template on the inner tube and traced around the image. I trace several of them.
  • Carefully cut out the traced images.
  • Glue on googly eye.  You may also draw the eyes on with a sharpie marker or paint them on.

Something is watching me

I use glue dots to attach the bats to my front door. I can hardly wait for the trick or treaters to come to the door.

The Bats

Each time I open the door, they appear to be moving – spooky:)

Bats in flight

Have a safe Halloween




9 Responses to How to make Halloween Bats from Inner tubes.

  1. Such a great idea! I love the way they look on your door! Maybe I will try this out next year! It sounds creepy discovering a bat on your wall!

  2. Wow that is a cool idea! Ive seen the paper bats but they don’t seem sturdy enough so I love this idea – especially since I happen to have a tube laying around!

    I would love for you to share these at our first ever 4th Friday Finale!

    Lisa from Over the Big Moon

  3. Genius!

  4. such a fantastic idea!! thank you for sharing and linking up : )

  5. Very cool and clever! I made mine out of painted foam but yours have a great look from the get go.

  6. Cool! and I think the rubber inner tube material would make these seem a little more life like than paper would.

  7. So cute! Pottery Barn would be envious!

  8. I did mine in the glittered scrapbook paper. really cute and kids love it! still have so will reuse them again this year! love it!!!

  9. […] HOW GREAT do these look? Super easy too. Find a bat shape template and cut absolutely loads (more is more in this case) out of black cardboard, before folding down the middle and sticking to the wall using double sided tape. (get the tutorial)​ […]

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