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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bat Candy Necklaces


Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

BATS!!  Have I told you about the time our family was deep in the humid Mexican jungle of Cancun, when our rugged tour guide led us into a bat cave?  No?  Hmm, I wonder why this story wasn't on the top of the list to share?!
We had just had an incredible time ATVing (is that a word?) through the jungle trails while a huge rainstorm passed over, that left everyone covered in mud. Off the ATV's, it was time for our hike and ziplines, so we took off on a trail covered in mud from head to toe. A few minutes in, our guide announces that we'll be going in a bat cave.  My teenage son perked up, hoping this was Batman's Bat Cave, but he knew quite well it wasn't.  No, this was a real bat cave.  You know, with real bats. Rabid biting bats!  I mean really, why would anyone ever want to go into that kind of bat cave?  The guide didn't give anyone the option to turn around, so our group marched right into the dark cave and huddled close. The guide shined his light at a small pool of water and we saw a few flying things, then he shined the light straight up.  For a minute, it looked like the cave was moving, but it was actually thousands of bats hanging on the ceiling of the cave!  Thousands!  Can you even imagine?  I took one look and decided, that was one look TOO many.  Just recalling this memory is making my hair stand straight up!  I was freaked, to say the least!  Later, after the ziplines, it was time to swim in this 'special' cave water.  Nope, I couldn't handle that.  I immediately decided to become very, very interested in taking pictures, instead of swimming.  I don't care that bats don't swim, no way was I swimming in a cave!  Besides, I knew I could run faster than I could swim! Do you blame me?

The only time I can tolerate bats is when they're cute, little bats--that don't really look like bats at all...and they don't fly!  I made these fun 'cute bat' necklaces for my nieces and nephews.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

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This craft first took shape when I found these little storage containers at the Dollar Store.  You can buy googly eyes at the Dollar Store, too.

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Supplies needed to make Bat Necklaces:
-small storage containers (from the Dollar Store or online- click here.)
-googly eyes
-hot glue
-black cording, ribbon or string
-black fun foam

-Sharpie -pencil -scissors -Crop-o-dile -M&M's (or other small candies) -plastic bat rings or another small toy.

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

First, take the lid off of the container and make a dot in the center.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Using a Cropodile tool, punch a hole over the dot. (This is my favorite crafting tool, ever! It punches holes through anything!)

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Using ribbon, string or black cording, measure out about 30-33 inches.
Thread both ends into the hole of the lid, and tie a knot.


Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Tie a few knots to keep the cording from pulling through. I tied three knots right on top of each other.
Trim the ends.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Using a hot glue gun, glue two googly eyes to the container.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Download the bat template and print on white paper.
Cut out one bat to use as a pattern.
Click here to print out your own bat template.

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Trace bat pattern onto black fun foam and cut it out.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces


Hot glue the body of the foam bat and stick it onto the back of the container.

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces

Fill container with a plastic bat ring and M&M's.

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces


 Snap lid back into place and give away.
Make Your Own Bat Necklaces





Make Your Own Bat Necklaces


Ok, now tell me...this really is a 'cute bat' isn't it?
Happy Halloween!





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