It's no secret that I like bats. And since I also like garlands, and not-coincidentally had a bunch of black card stock on hand, I came up with this spooky sleeping bat garland. Hang it anywhere you'd least like to find a bunch of large bats staring at you.
Start by cutting or tearing a 12-inch square of card stock into four smaller squares; each one will become a bat.
Cut a 1.5-inch (ish) strip from a square.
Cut the top corners from the larger rectangle, and skinny triangles from the lower corners, so you end up with a 6-sided shape as shown.
From the skinny rectangle, cut off about one inch of an end, and then trim a shallow V-shape from the top. From the other part of the skinny rectangle, cut a smaller, narrower rectangle, and cut a slim V shape from a short end, as shown.
Punch eye holes in the head shape. You've now got the three paper pieces you'll need for a bat. Glue the head and leg pieces to the main piece. (I used tacky glue. I tried double-sided tape, but it wasn't strong enough.)
Let the glue dry for a few minutes before continuing. Apply tacky glue near the edge of one of the pointy sides of the body. Roll the two sides together so they overlap into a slightly-cone-shaped cylinder. Card stock is very stiff, and would prefer to remain nice and flat, so clamp the overlapping pieces together with clothespins while the glue dries.
Dab glue onto the ends of the legs, then fold them over a piece of string (or wire, or fishing line, or yarn...).
Make several bats, assembly-line style, and attach them to the string a few inches apart from each other. Hang up and enjoy!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.