Easy-to-Make Bat Mobile

Decorate you party's drink or snacks table with this easy-to-make bat mobile.

YOU'LL NEED

  • Embroidery hoop (choose the size you like, or make a trio in 8", 10" and 14" diameters)
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Bat template (download from allyou.com) 
  • Printer and plain white paper
  • Copy machine
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black paper (10 to 12 sheets)
  • Darning needle
  • Heavyweight black thread  ¼"-wide black ribbon

 

  1. Separate rings of embroidery hoop. Working in a well-ventilated space, spray-paint rings black. Use thin, even layers. Once dry, reassemble hoop.
  2. Download bat template from allyou.com; print out. Use a copy machine to enlarge to a variety of sizes ranging from 4" to 10" wide. Cut out templates. Trace bat shapes onto black paper, making about 6 bats per mobile.
  3. Cut out bats. Remove any stray pencil marks from bats with eraser.
  4. Pierce a hole in top center of each bat’s head with darning needle.
  5. Cut lengths of thread and tie each bat to a thread. Position bats evenly around circumference of hoop. Tie bats to hoop at varying lengths and secure with double knots.
  6. Cut three pieces of black ribbon to even lengths and tie to the embroidery hoop at even intervals. Tie all ribbon ends together in a knot to make a hanger.