DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Bat Box for Halloween
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
You can replicate the same type of craft using craft foam by tracing the template pieces onto foam and drawing on a few of the details.
It turns out really cute just with paper though -- the directions assume you'll be doing it just with paper.
- small empty box (we use kleenex boxes and shoe boxes)
- construction paper,
- Optional: thin cardboard (empty cereal boxes work well).
- Optional: large wiggly eyes
- Print out the template of choice and color them as appropriate.
- Wrap the empty box up with construction paper (or gift wrap) in an appropriate color (black or orange would work) or you could paint it with
acrylic or poster paint.
- Cut a slit in the top of the box large enough to fit typical Halloween treats (small chocolate bars, suckers, etc).
- NOTE: You could also just cut the entire top off the box or use a no-top box like a shoe box.
- Optional: Glue the templates to pieces of thin cardboard and let dry.
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Print the child's name on the large pumpkin (template 1).
- Glue pieces together:
- Head shape (template 1) should go on shoulders (template 2)
- Glue the eyes, nose and mouth (template 1) on the head
- Glue the bow (template 2) under the chin for a boy or on top of the head for a girl
- Glue the whole body onto the back of the box, facing over the top (so it looks like he's sitting behind the box, holding it... See picture at
the top of this page if you don't understand).
- Glue the wings (templates 3 and 4) behind the body
- Glue the pumpkin (template 1) onto the front of the box
- Glue the hands (template 2) to the front of the box, overlapping the pumpkin slightly.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions