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Bat Jar

A simple jar gets a spooky spin with this fun bat craft.




To offset the amount of beans needed to fill the jar, place an empty plastic container or a ball of bubble wrap in the center of the jar. Fill around the item and to the top of the jar with white beans.

Resources: The Xyron Creative Station is available on


  • Bat template
  • White or cream card stock
  • Scissors
  • Xyron Creative Station with permanent adhesive cartridge
  • Black beans
  • White beans (like cannellini)
  • Large jar or container
  • Bubble wrap, empty plastic container with lid, or other item to act as filler


  1. Step 1

    Print bat template on card stock. Trim card stock to a size to fit the jar or container, and run through Xyron so the front of the template is covered in adhesive.

  2. Step 2

    Peel paper to expose adhesive. Cover the black area with black beans, and the white area with white beans.

  3. Step 3

    When the sheet is fully covered, curve and slide into jar or container. Press against glass.

  4. Step 4

    Fill jar with white beans.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2009



Reviews (3)

  • juiice_x3 2 Oct, 2012

    I wonder if you could do this with black and white M&M's , seems like a more fitting ingredient to use for Halloween!

  • lyndsey21 10 Sep, 2011

    Just made this--a very inexpensive cute project! I had a jar on hand and printed the template then used Elmer's glue to adhere the beans to the template since I don't own a Xyron. It worked great and my boys, 4 and 3, were able to help me place the white beans. As the glue is drying, you can see just a little bit of the glue between the black beans, but only if you're really scrutinizing it. I'm super pleased that my version looks just like the one in the video. Love the idea!

  • BirdsandButtons 15 Sep, 2010

    Looks really good in the pictures, but I'm disappointed the directions won't match with the pictures. The bat shown is clearly not stuck onto a Xyron adhesive on the inside of that jar.