I love October – the fall, crisp air. Pumpkin flavored this and that. HALLOWEEN. It’s my favorite. It should be no surprise, then, that I wanted to make my new place a little more festive for the fall holiday season.
For starters, I grabbed a template from Martha Stewart and cut out the bat shape. Then I traced it on to several pieces of black printer paper and cut them out. I folded the wings to create a natural shape, then used hot glue to attach to a length of clear fishing line. I simply taped the fishing line to my ceiling and walah- bat cave. I cut random, different lengths of the fishing line to make them appear more natural.
Note: you could also use the spiders in the template to create a creepy crawly ceiling.
Next up, I re-used the Martha template to make bat garland (not pictured).
Then I grabbed a fantastic foam skull from Michael’s. I had a coupon so it wound up being less than $10. I painted the inside of the eyes and nose in addition to the area around the face with glue, then sprinkled it with black glitter. The skull was already “dirtied up” for sale so it just added to the effect.
I took some red Maya Mist and splattered/dripped it on the skull for some added creep. Next I wound some white tulle around a bunch of artificial flowers and stuck it in the foam of the skull. I splattered that with red mist, too. I made sure to leave room in the middle for a candle, which I added later with a cut down wooden skewer.
You can’t see it very well in the photo, but for the finishing touch I used the hot glue gun to create spider webs on the flowers. I just set the tip on one part of a flower, then quickly lifted and then set it down at another end. I did that repeatedly and soon had a whole web.
The last two DIY touches are my black roses and some tulle. I had a white frame waiting to be used, so I placed it on the wall above a lamp. Then I tied two black artificial roses together with string and then wrapped some wire ribbon around to form a bow. I used a push pin to hang the roses in the middle of the frame and had an instant decoration. The cool thing about placing it above the lamp is that it cast some eeiry shadows on the wall.
Lastly, I got a roll of black tulle about 6″ long from JoAnn for $2.50 and put it to good use. I unrolled it and loosely strung it around a chandelier, through the shelf, around some decorative items and crumbled up in the entertainment center. Great final touch.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own holiday decor. Have fun!