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Clothespin Bats

Spine-chilling as it sounds, a colony of bats hanging from the highest reaches of your house serve as the perfect welcome for guests -- if you're throwing a Halloween party. You can also clip these clothespin bats onto tree branches or bushes outdoors to greet trick-or-treaters.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Pencil

  • Oak tag

  • Scissors

  • White pencil

  • Black construction paper

  • Mini hole punch or pushpin

  • Glue stick

  • Black spray paint

  • Wooden clothespins

  • Craft glue


  1. Draw a bat freehand or trace the template onto a piece of oak tag. Cut out the tracing.

  2. Use your template to trace bats onto black construction paper with the white pencil; you will need two bat cutouts for each clothespin. Cut out each bat.

  3. Use the hole punch or pushpin to make eyes in each cutout. Then, use glue stick to glue two bat cutouts together at wing tips. Spray the clothespins black, and allow them to dry.

  4. Place a dab of craft glue onto the center of each side of the clothespin. Carefully slip a clothespin between two bat cutouts. Pinch bats to clothespin for a few seconds, until glue holds.

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