I’m just crazy about Halloween decor—you could even say I’m a little batty—so I’m sharing a DIY Flying Decoupage Bat project that is perfect for embellishing your pumpkins, flower arrangements or potted plants this year. I first shared this project on Eighten25’s Blog as part of their Spooktacular September! Be sure to check it out because they posted a creative Halloween project every day in September—and this wasn’t their first year. So, needless to say, they’ve built a great collection of spooky ideas.
If you’re like me and like carve-free pumpkin ideas, this project is for you! These bats allow you to add a spooky touch to your pumpkins without ruining them by either cutting into them or painting them. Then after Halloween, you can remove the bats and enjoy your pumpkins for the month of November. Because guess what? Pumpkins are actually hard to find during November, go figure!
In addition to decorating your pumpkins, you can also add them to your flowers and potted plants as unexpected Halloween flair. I love how it looks like the bats are flying out of the mums, so cute, I mean, spooky! Plus, you can also make a matching Fabric Banner with any extra fabric. Making everything look like it belongs to the same decor collection.
DIY Flying Decoupage Bats
- DIY Unfinished Wood Bat Shapes from Oriental Trading
- Assorted cotton fabrics (mine were made exclusively for Joann Fabrics)
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Paint Brush
- 18 gauge floral wire
- Masking tape
- Bond paper (8.5” x 11” sheet of printer paper)
- Sewing pins
- Fabric scissors
- X-Acto Knife
- Small pumpkin with stem OR potted plant/flower arrangement
- Create your pattern. Trace your bat shape onto your paper and cut out. This will be your pattern for cutting your fabric. (I recommend creating a pattern instead of tracing directly on your fabric. It will provide sturdiness for when you cut and you’ll see the shape better.)
- Cut your bats from your fabric. You’ll need two bat shapes for every wood bat you’re making. Fold your fabric in half and pin your bat to your fabric. (Folding your fabric allows you to cut out two bats at once.) Cut out your bats.
- Wrap your floral wire in fabric. Use a ¼” to ½” strip of fabric and wrap it around your floral wire. Secure the ends using your Mod Podge. (You could also use washi tape to cover your wire.)
- Tape your wood bat to your covered floral wire. For use on pumpkins, you’ll want to attach a wood bat to both ends of your floral wire. (You can either tape while your wire is still flat or wrap your floral wire around your pumpkin stem and then tape your bats on so you know the placement will work. Both options worked fine.) For use in flower pots & arrangements, add a bat to only one end of your floral wire.
- Decoupage your bats. Using your Mod Podge, decoupage your fabric bats to the wood bats. Unless your cutting skills are amazing, some of your fabric will go over the edge of your wood bat. This is okay. Do not try to fold it down. Just decoupage it flat and the final step will be cutting off the excess fabric with your X-Acto Knife. Let your bats dry and add 2-3 coats (follow instruction on the Mod Podge).
- Cut your excess fabric. Once dry, cut off any excess fabric using your X-Acto Knife. Use the wood edge of your bat as a guide.
- Enjoy! Either wrap around your pumpkin stem or stick into your flowers and enjoy!
For the Halloween “tablecloth” I used, just download my FREE print-it-yourself file from my Halloween Photo Backdrop post. It’s not just for a backdrop!
A special thank you to Oriental Trading for the DIY Unfinished Wood Bats used in this post. Oriental Trading has lots of great Halloween decor and craft items too. I didn’t realize how great their craft section is, but it really is extensive. Worth checking out. (I receive no compensation for any purchases you may make at Oriental Trading.)