Flying Bats Topiary

By  Patty Schaffer  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

size: 16" tall

  • Flying Bats Topiary


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cone, 4-7/8”x11-7/8”
  • Clay pot, 5”
  • Wooden dowel, 3/8” diameter, 12” length
  • Black glittered cardstock
  • Old book pages
  • Orange mini pompom trim
  • Sheet moss
  • Black craft wire


  • EK Success Bat Punch
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Turkey baster (or item of similar size)
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, Plaid Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, paintbrush, foam brush, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Paint dowel black; let dry.
  • 2. Use glue gun to secure bottom of dowel in pot; hold until glue sets. Fill pot with crumpled newspaper and cover with moss; secure moss with glue gun.
  • 3. Tear old book pages into assorted strips. Adhere to cone using Mod Podge and foam brush; let dry.
  • 4. Carefully slide cone onto dowel, making sure cone is centered and straight. When pleased with height, remove cone, add glue to dowel tip, and replace cone.
  • 5. Use glue gun to adhere trim around cone base; trim excess.
  • 6. Punch 13 bats from cardstock. (Note: If back of cardstock is white, paint black and let dry.) Use glue gun to adhere nine bats to cone and one to pot, leaving wings free; let dry. Bend wings to add dimension.
  • 7. Cut three wire lengths and wrap around turkey baster to create spirals. Poke wire ends evenly spaced into tip of cone. Use glue gun to adhere remaining bats to wires. Bend wings.