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DIY: Halloween Bat – Part 2 – Decoupage & Finish

Following on from my Halloween Bat post and Part 1 of the DIY yesterday, you will now be ready to Decoupage your Bat or Cat.  To do this I created and used my own Halloween paper covered in bats, but you can use any old or new papers that you like (they dont have to be specialist decoupage)

There are plenty of decoupage methods – but I am a fan of the quick wonders of Mod Podge.  An all in one glue and glaze it takes the stress out of decoupage and you can apply and finish your crafty project super quickly – as drying time is only 15 minutes.

For the Bat you will need:

  • Mod Podge Glossy
  • Brush
  • 2 A4 sheets of decoupage paper
  • scissors

Method:

  1. First cut up your decoupage paper into mini strips – approx 1x2cm long.
  2. You will probably not need both full sheets – but it is better to have more than less
  3. Using your brush and modpodge – working from the top of the bats ears – glue your strips into place
  4. Coat each with a layer of mod podge  and then overlap the next piece, working down the bat until covered

Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and you may want to apply another thin coat as a final varnish.

To finish the bat you will need:

  • Scissors
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • 2 sheets of grey tissue paper
  • hole punch

Method (see pic slideshow below):

  1. For each wing, you will need to fold the tissue in half (short to short side) and then in half again
  2. Starting from one end fold over approx 2cm and continue along (accordian style) until you have fold the whole sheet
  3. On the top folded end – hole punch in the center of each fold so you can easily thread through the pipe cleaner.
  4. Fold one end of the pipe cleaner over and then over again to form a kind of ‘claw’
  5. At the other end of the folded paper – cut a diagonal edge
  6. Then open out the wing and using scissors cut a bat shape along the bottom edge
  7. Using the sharp end of the scissors push in a hole into your bat – so that you can attach the other end of the pipe cleaner
  8. You can then fluff up the wing so that it opens out
  9. Repeat for other wing
  10. Using a stapler  attach the 2 halves of the wings together on the bat at the back
  11. You can use this method to attach a piece of ribbon folded in half to hang your bat too.

Then hang and have a happy 4 year old …  well that’s what I did anyway!

Tomorrow .. its the turn of the BLING CAT finale

Design copyright – J Pearce and sons! 2012  All rights reserved

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