Long-Legged Bats

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Company

Invite this delightfully spooky, quick-to-craft pair to your Halloween festivities.

  • Long-Legged Bats
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  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: balls, 2” and 2-1/2”; eggs, 2-1/2”, two
  • Wooden dowels, 1/4”, two
  • Black cardstock
  • Black beads, 3/8”, four


  • Black acrylic paint
  • Glue gun

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, newspapers, paintbrush, wooden skewers, serrated knife, small handsaw, scoring tool

Pattern - Long-Legged Bats

  • Sizes
  • 1. 9-1/2" tall, 14" tall
  • Bats
  • 1. Use serrated knife to cut foam eggs in half lengthwise. Smooth cut edges by gently rolling foam against work surface.
  • 2. Insert skewers into all foam shapes. Holding skewer, paint each shape black; place skewers in heavy glass or jar while paint dries.
  • 3. Use saw to cut two 8" and two 12" dowel lengths for legs. Paint dowels black; let dry.
  • 4. Twist dowels into rounded top of each half-egg. Remove dowels and apply glue to ends; twist legs back into holes. Apply glue to opposite ends of dowels; twist legs into bottom of foam ball.
  • 5. Print and cut out patterns. Cut one pair of wings and two ears for each bat, using larger patterns for larger bat.
  • 6. Score wings along dashed lines; fold wings slightly forward. Slightly curl wing tips by dragging cardstock over edge of pencil. Adhere wings to back of each body.
  • 7. Curl edges of each ear inward. Use pencil to poke two holes in top of each body for ears. Apply glue to bottom of each ear and insert into holes.
  • 8. Glue bead eyes to faces. Use blunt end of skewer to press nostrils into face.
  • Tip
  • 1. For extra sparkle, sprinkle wet paint with ultra-fine black glitter; cut wings and ears from glittered cardstock.