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How to make Halloween Bats from Inner tubes.

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.
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  • 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.
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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.

[caption id="attachment_1026" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="The Bats"][/caption] Each time I open the door, they appear to be moving - spooky:) [caption id="attachment_1029" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Bats in flight"][/caption] Have a safe Halloween xoxo Al  

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