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Bucket of Bats

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As seen in Decorating Digest Craft & Home magazine

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FloraCraft® Brand Products:
Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet, 15/16″ x 11 15/16″ x 17 15/16
Design It:®:
Foam Cutter
Wire Cutter

4″ long bat metal cookie cutter (open inside the cutter)
9″ – 12″ diameter orange plastic jack-o-lantern, trick-or-treat bucket
DecoArt® 3-D Opaque Gloss Enamel, black
8mm wiggle eyes, two per bat
1/4″ diameter x 36″ length natural wood dowels, one dowel per two bats
Curling ribbon in colors of your choice (blue, turquoise and green are shown), two 12″ lengths per bat
Design Master® ColorTool® spray color: Flat black
Craft glue
Small, pointed scissors
Glue gun and glue sticks
Old newspapers
Large cardboard box (for spraying)
Masking tape

Instructions

  1. Set foam sheet flat on work surface. Press bat cookie cutter into foam until you feel the cutter cut through the foam completely. Remove cutter and carefully push out foam from top. Continue planning where to position cutter to best utilize foam to yield the most foam bats, or as many as needed for party favors. If desired, gently press all around edges to compress foam for a smoother contour. Save foam scraps for later.
  2. In a well-ventilated, newspaper covered area (inside box) spray top and sides of bats black. (Note: To prevent them from flying away when spraying, make masking tape loops, with sticky side out, to affix to backs of bats and set onto newspaper.) Spray and let dry. Remove masking tape and re-affix to fronts of bats, in order to spray back sides. Spray and let dry.
  3. Use wire cutter to snap 36″ length dowels in half (18″ long). Insert cut ends up into bottom center edges of bats. (Wait to glue.) Use dowels to keep bats from flying away as you use 3-D paint to squeeze paint solid circle head, solid oval bodies and lines radiating out from bodies for bat wing lines. While wet, place two wiggle eyes on each bat, so that they are touching, into the head paint. Let thoroughly dry.
  4. Cut curling ribbon into two different color, 12″ lengths. Remove dowel. Squeeze Tacky glue into foam hole and insert one end of each of two ribbons into hole. Then re-insert dowel. Let dry. (Note: Wait until glue is completely dry to curl ribbon by running blade of scissors along each length.)
  5. Use foam scraps from bats to glue into bottom of plastic jack-o-lantern bucket. Insert dowels of bats into foam and arrange… before they fly away!

 

 

SOURCES

FloraCraft®
(800) 253-0409
One Longfellow Place
Ludington, MI 49431
www.floracraft.com

DecoArt®
(800) 367-3047
P.O. Box 386
Stanford, KY 40484
www.decoart.com

 

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