Last Minute Halloween Decoration – Bat Mobile

Smoothfoam halloween bat mobile

Holy Bat Mobile! Not exactly the famous batmobile of Batman and Robin, but a perfect project for striking Halloween home décor. It’s quick and easy – you can have it hanging before the little trick-or- treaters stop by tonight. Happy Halloween!

You will need:
Smoothfoam 12″ half-ball
1/3 yard Black Kunin Eco-fi Plus Felt 
5 yards of 3/8” wide orange ribbon
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion Adhesive
4 wood skewers
Black craft paint
1 black button
Foam brush, paper, pencil, pins
Cutting mat, scissors

smoothfoam bat mobile tutorila

1.  Paint the skewers and the half-ball black, inside and out. Set aside to dry. Glue ribbon in stips as shown. Finish the edge by gluing a ribbon around it.

2.  Print and cut out my bat pattern (click here) – then mark and cut out six bats from the felt.

3.  Make a small hole in the center of each bat and insert a skewer. Put two bats on two of the skewers and one bat on the remaining two skewers. Squirt a line of glue along the center of each bat and press in half to glue skewer in place.

4.  Make a hole in the center of the top of half-ball. Cut an 18” length of ribbon, thread it through a button and tie a knot to secure. Pull the ribbon through the hole in the half-ball and pull it up so the button rests snugly agains the inside.

5.  Poke pilot holes with a skewer, evenly spaced around the rim of sphere. Glue each bat skewer in place. After taking the pictures, I decided to trim off the skewers that had only one bat, to make them look like they are flying.

I admit to having had some trouble with this design. Originally I envisioned the bats hanging from ribbon but I could not get them to balance, my mobile hung crookedly. There is always a creative solution and so the skewers worked perfectly. What I also discovered was that this is very cool when hanging from a ceiling fan blade put on low speed so the bats look like they are swooping around the room. Also make sure to hang it high enough above anyone head.

 

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