This is a simple craft for even the youngest member of your clan — plus, you can use materials your probably already have around your home. Get creative and make several in different sizes or decorate the wings with glitter, sequins or even store-bought cobwebs.
Young children can participate in this craft, too! Have them trace and cut out both of their handprints and decorate the wings while you take care of the hot glue gun. Older children will be able to make this craft on their own if you provide them with a low melt glue gun or tacky glue. This craft also works well for scouts or for classroom activities because it is inexpensive and quick. Just save up the frozen food trays beforehand.
- One black frozen food tray (the single compartment food tray works best)
- Black craft foam
- White felt
- Glitter or glitter glue
- Sting or fishing line for hanging
- Hot glue gun
- Hole punch
Start the project by washing and drying the food tray or trays. Take the sheet of craft foam and, using a pencil, trace each of your hands or your child’s hands. Try not to spread the fingers apart too much. Cut out the handprints. These will become the wings for your bat.
Decorate the wings. For this project, I used glitter glue and my child outlined the hand with the glue. If you do not use glitter glue, you can embellish the wings any way you wish. While the wings are drying, cut two triangles out of black craft foam. Use the glitter glue to outline the ears. Allow time for the glue to dry thoroughly.
Use the white felt and cut out two one-inch circles for the eyes and two one-inch fangs. Also, cut out two 1/2 inch circles for the insides of the eyes. Using a hot glue gun, attach the wings to the front of the tray with the thumbs on the bottom. Glue the ears in place. Now glue the eye whites on the back of the tray and add the black eyes. Add the fangs at a slight angle. Punch one hole at the top and add your fishing line to the top.
You’re finished! Hang up your hand bat for a great Halloween decoration.
This is a neat craft that can have nostalgic value as well, because you will be tracing your child’s hand. Make new ones every Halloween and watch the wings slowly grow!
Approximate time to make from start to finish: about 30 minutes