Sisters Share It All: Halloween DIY

Halloween is giving me a mega-excuse to do silly little crafts.

This little bat chandelier I whipped together in one evening while we watched an episode of something very cerebral and deep (okay, it might have been White Collar), and cost me a whopping $2 (fifty cents for a piece of black poster board and $1.50 for some black glitter).

And I have gotten so many compliments on this, it’s kind of ridiculous (it’s cooler looking than the photos might lead you to believe. Also it makes fantastic shadows on the wall).

I printed out this bat silhouette in two sizes, traced eight of each on my black posterboard and cut them out.

Then I coated the bottom edges of about half of them with rubber cement, poured black glitter on them, tapped them off and voila! Bats done.

I strung them together with black thread (I used two pieces of thread for each set of bats, taping it on the tips of each wing so they would hang straight) and varying how far apart they were and where the larger bats hung. Some strands had three or four bats, while some had only one or two.

I tied the strings to a tack and pushed them straight into the ceiling.

And then, because I couldn’t leave well-enough alone, I made a banner. Because I kind of love banners. There was the the Valentine’s Day banner from recycled Christmas cards, and the umbrella banner, and the polka-dot banner, and the confetti banner, and now there is this Halloween banner.


This is about the easiest thing you can make (which, since I generally just chuck my banners after the holiday or event is over, is what I like).

Paper Coterie has free bingo cards for Halloween (you just download the files here and print them off). There are 24 different images and each of them is about 1.5 inches square (although you could enlarge them if you wish).

I picked my favorite sixteen, cut them out, colored a few of them in with markers (you know, my high-quality Crayola washable markers, so it’s not likely yours will look quite as professional as mine), and then glued them on to yellow, orange, and brown construction paper.

A quick tape job to some brown twine and I made Bart hang it up on the wall. Very festive and it cost me a total of $0 because I had everything just laying around.

I also love how many different ways you could do this, like printing them on colored paper instead of white, or dipping the edges in glitter or using patterned paper instead of solid for the background or gluing circles of tissue paper behind the squares or. . .or. . .okay, I better stop or Bart will wonder why exactly we needed seven very similar Halloween banners for our two bedroom place.

And I will have no good answer at all.

And if YOU’D like to share your own favorite Halloween project, whether it’s food, decorations, costumes, or something else, we’d love to hear about it! Share your post below:


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  • Reply Sarah October 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Love this, so creative! Now to just get the motivation to be as creative as you…found you through your sister Merrick. =) Love that you guys are doing this, too cute! I made my own Halloween DIY as well, go check it out =)

    Have a great day!

  • Reply sarah s. October 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love both of these! At first glance I thought we had the same Bat decor, But what I did was put those raised dots on one side of the bat and scattered them up my wall (coming out of the fire place).

  • Reply Librarian Lisa October 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Janssen! I just found your blog through…Modern Parents, Messy Children (I think?). I'm a mother and an avid reader as well so I was attracted to the bookie talk, but you have so much more fun stuff posted. I'm looking forward to visiting more!

  • Reply Kristi October 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Okay. I hate crafts. I really do. And I was blessed with a daughter who wants so very desperately to be artistic (and she is!) but I am squelching her talent by not giving her opportunities. And I am like a scrooge because I never fork out money for decorations because we are STILL not in our forever house so . . (why that's an excuse I don't know), but I feel inspired to make that bat thing, so…really…you've inspired the uninspirable. Thanks, on behalf of Gwen.

  • Reply R and M October 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I love your idea! I went a little batty too and since I'm not much of a crafter so this will probably be our only Halloween decor for now.

  • Reply Jodi October 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    VERY cute and festive. I love it. and on a totally unrelated note, I was planning to make these (link below) for dinner tonight, and it reminded me of your post about how much you love goat cheese and how I was going to share this but forgot. They are SO yum.

  • Reply Ash October 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

    So cute! I love little touches like this to make things festive but not gaudy 🙂

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