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!