How to make Bertie the Halloween bat

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Sock bat

What you will need

  • One black sock
  • Some scrunched up newspaper
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • Red craft foam or card or felt
  • Black craft foam or card or felt (optional)
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • Sellotape
  • PVA glue
  • String

What are those scary eyes shining out in the darkness of the night? They're Bertie the Halloween bat, of course! Bertie may look scary, but he's a friendly Halloween bat really and he likes to hang upside down and watch the world go by before flying off to look for lovely lollipop spiders to eat!

This craft is really easy to make, but the end result is so effective. Just have a root around in your undies drawer for an old black sock and grab the free local paper from the recycling pile and you're halfway there.

Age group: Kids from as young as 2 will love stuffing a sock with scrunchy newspaper and, with supervision, stick on googly eyes. Younger kids will need help cutting Bertie's mouth and the wing shapes and twisting the pipe cleaners, but older kids from 5+ should be able to manage on their own with scissor supervision.


Step 1

Gather together everything you'll need on a clean flat surface to make your very own Bertie the Halloween Bat.

Step 2

Stuff a sock full of newspaper until full and firm - don't worry if it's all lumpy and bumpy, that's part of his charm! Twist the top of the sock to hold in the newspaper, fold down and Sellotape to secure. Cut bat wing shapes out of red craft foam and Sellotape one to each side of your sock.

Step 3

Cut out a V-shape from the red craft foam for Bertie the bat's mouth and glue to the sock. Stick on the googly eyes.

Step 4

Fold the pipe cleaners over and twist to make two bat claws out of each pipe cleaner. Sellotape firmly to the back of the bat. Cut smaller bat wings from the black card and glue on top of the red craft foam to give the wings a red border (Optional). Attach string to a tree or mantelpiece, or wherever you're going to display your bat, and then hang Bertie the Halloween bat from his pipe cleaner claws! As he's so easy to make, you could make lots of them to hang in a row for a real spooky spectacle. And when Halloween's over, simply peel off the wings, face, claws and eyes, wash and pop back in the sock drawer ready for wearing again in the bat of an eye. Geddit?

For homewares such as tea lights, paper plates, string, scissors etc. visit Asda Direct, and for crafts materials such as paint, glue, craft foam, felt etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London. Props such as the tablecloth, cobwebs, plastic spiders etc. can all be found at Morrisons.

Where to next?
- Cute Halloween craft: lollipop spiders!
- Halloween games for kids
- Download goodtoknow's Halloween Party Planner app

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