Bat Balloons DIY

We love balloons, but we’re usually spending our time filling them with helium or building balloon garlands; so it was really fun to make these life-size bats! We love the bright colors of their bodies and wings. We also added the eyes and mouths to make them look more friendly. They’re super easy to make and a great project to do with kids!

Materials Needed: 36″ Latex Balloons, 11 x 17″ black card stock and color coordinating card stock to match the balloons, scissors, glue dots, tape, and a balloon air pump (optional).

Step 1: Fill up your balloons using a balloon air pump, or blow them up manually and then tie them closed.

Step 2: Cut out the eyes and mouths on black card stock.

Step 3: Using your glue dots, attach the eyes and mouth to the balloons.

Step 4: Cut out the bat wings on the color coordinating card stock.

Step 5: This step is a little longer to make the wings – but you can totally handle it! To get the wings to stand out from the balloon, you need to create a brace. To do this, fold one sheet of card stock into a long strip and then use your glue dots and stick the paper strip to the back of the wing. You will want to match up the end of the paper to the flat part of the wing where it will attach to the balloon. Next, fold back the flat end of the wing and the paper strip about 1″. Tape the wing to the balloon on this folded piece. Then add one more piece of packing tape to the front of the wing where it meets the balloon to secure it.

Step 6: Throw a party!

Pro tip: To hide the balloon tie, put one of the wings over it! Or if you want to hang the bat, leave the balloon tie on the top of your balloon and tie a string to it!

We’d love to see your bats, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!

DIY Candy Corn Backdrop

When we look back at the Halloweens of our childhoods, we have to admit that the decorations were our favorite part! Everything from painted and carved pumpkins, to the spiderwebs hanging in doorways. Costumes and candy came in a close second for us though (we have a bit of a sweet tooth). With that in mind, we are always looking for fun ways to add new decorations to our Halloween festivities, and what better way to do that than with this candy corn backdrop? Hung on the wall in groups or individually, these life-size candy corns are sure to add a pop of fun and color to your Halloween decor! Plus they make the cutest photo backdrop!

Materials: printer, colorful card stock (we recommend 3 different colors), scissors, tape, and double sided sticky tape.

Step 1: Download our free Candy Corn printable here.

Step 2: Print the pages individually onto colored paper. Whatever colors you want your candy corn to be!

Step 3: Using your scissors carefully cut along the black outline. Pay attention to what number you’re cutting out, you will need to know this for the next step.

Step 4: Make your candy corn sections by taping 1a to 1b, 2a to 2b, and 3a to 3b.

Step 5: Using your tape again, tape the three candy corn sections to one another. 1a/b is the top section, 2a/b middle section, and 3a/b bottom section.

Step 6: Place strips of double sided sticky tape to the back of the candy corns and stick them to the wall in the pattern / look you desire.

Step 7: Throw a party!

Pro tip: To create the size backdrop we did, we printed off the document 24 times to create 24 candy corns.

We’d love to see your DIY backdrops, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!