Fly into the Halloween Spirit
October is officially here and that means it’s finally time for warm apple cider, pumpkin patches, caramel apples and of course, Halloween. This is my favorite time of year because it is the start of the DIY season for holiday decor. What better way to get in the spooky spirit than creating your own decorations; plus when you do, you’ll likely become the talk of your neighborhood.
Halloween is a great holiday for the diy-er. From carving pumpkins to making costumes, it’s a lot of fun to compete with your neighbors for the most creative Halloween decor.
Where do you go to get ideas? I often find myself on Google, searching for easy, kid-friendly crafts that are also affordable. But, for something readily available, at DIY Steel we have many cost-effective kits and materials that are simple to make and fun for all ages. One of those is our happy 3D bat. Here’s a six-step tutorial so you can create your own.
- 2 feet panels
- 2 leg panels
- 1 back panel
- 1 middle panel
- 1 front panel
- Build Time:
- Approximately 10-15 Minutes
Make sure you have all seven panels ready to customize. Picture 1 shows the panels and what they should look like. This is the time to customize your panels. You can use acrylic or spray paint to make your pieces truly one of a kind. To create a more vibrant color, add a layer of white (the primer layer) on each panel before painting. Primer will not only help the color pop, but will give a nice, even surface to paint on. Let all the pieces dry completely before building
For this step, take the two leg panels to create your base. As seen in Picture 2, each leg panel has a tail tab with a slit on it. Notice the left panel has a bottom slit, while the right panel has a top slit. Pick up both panels and slide the bottom slit panel into the top slit panel as seen in Picture 3. The base may be a little wobbly, but that’s okay. Your finished base should look like Picture 4.
Now that the base is done, it is time to start the body of the bat. Take the back panel, as seen in Picture 5, and slide it into the back slits of the base, Picture 6. You may need to wiggle this panel into place. Once it is set, the integrity of the base will solidify and the result should look like Picture 7.
It’s time to give your bat some wings! Similar to Step 3, take the middle panel (as seen in Picture 8) and slide it into the middle slots of the base, Picture 9. You should now have the outline of the bat, wings and ears included as seen in Picture 10.
Now, bring your bat to life with its friendly smile. Take the front panel as seen in Picture 11, and slide it into the front slits as shown in Picture 12. You should now have a footless bat smiling back at you (Picture 13).
Let’s complete the bat! You should have two small panels left, these are the bat’s feet (Picture 14). Using the foot pieces, slide them into the two empty slots, as seen in Picture 15 and Picture 16. Now, you have a fully built 3D bat to help celebrate Halloween (Picture 17). Be careful where you put it, he might fly away!