Looking for a really clever Halloween centerpiece? One that will make you go batty? (ok - pun intended!)
A Flying Bats Topiary that I designed is featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Crafts 'n things magazine on page 23.
You will need these materials: • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cone, 4 7/8" x 11 7/8" • Clay pot, 5" • Wooden dowel, 3/8" diameter, 12" length • Black glittered cardstock • Orange mini pom pom trim • Sheet moss • Black craft wire
You will need these tools: • EK Success Bat Punch • Black acrylic paint • Turkey baster (or item of similar size) • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, Plaid Mod Podge
You will need these basic supplies: • paper trimmer • scissors • ruler • pencil • paintbrush • foam brush • newspaper
1. Paint dowel black; let dry.
2. Use glue gun to secure bottom of dowel in pot; hold until glue sets. Fill pot with crumpled newspaper and cover with moss; secure moss with glue gun.
3. Tear old book pages into assorted strips. Adhere to cone using Mod Podge and foam brush; let dry.
4. Carefully slide cone onto dowel, making sure cone is centered and straight. When pleased with height, remove cone, add glue to dowel top, and replace cone.
5. Use glue gun to adhere trim around cone base; trim excess.
6. Punch 13 bats from cardstock. (Note: If back of cardstock is white, paint black and let dry.) Use glue gun to adhere nine bats to cone and one to pot, leaving wings free; let dry. Bend wings to add dimension.
7. Cut three wire lengths and wrap around turkey baster to create spirals. Poke the ends of the wires into the side of the cone at the very top, evenly spacing them. Use the glue gun to adhere remaining bats to wires. bend wings.