DIY Halloween Crafts: Ghost and Bat Garlands

Hello Salemite readers! As we all know, Halloween is right around the corner, and with this spooky holiday comes many opportunities for some frightfully cute decorating! Aside from the normal pumpkin carving and painting, here is a fun idea to get you started:

(via evite blog)

Time: 30 minutes (including drying time)

Yields: 7 bats & 7 ghosts


  • 14 foam craft balls
  • 14 thumbtacks
  • 28 googly eyes
  • Craft twine
  • 2 pieces of black construction paper
  • 1 piece of white tissue paper
  • Black spray paint or acrylic paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors



Step 1: Spray-paint foam balls and let dry for 15 minutes.

Tip: We stuck wood skewers into our foam balls so we could turn them as we painted to enable full coverage. While paint is drying, draw and cut out bat wings.

Step 2: Fold in the end of a wing ¼”, apply hot glue to the outer fold, and affix to ball. Glue on googly eyes.





Step 1: Cut a 5″x5″ piece of white tissue paper.

Step 2: Push thumbtack into center of tissue paper and affix to ball.

Step 3: Fold tissue paper down, then glue on googly eyes.

*To string the garlands, push a thumbtack halfway into each foam ball, wrap twine around it, push down the thumbtack, and continue until done.*




These are perfect for stringing on your door, walls, or anywhere else that needs a terrible dose of Halloween spirit. Have fun, and happy crafting!

One thought on “DIY Halloween Crafts: Ghost and Bat Garlands

  1. Sienna

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