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 ...and thanks for stopping by. I'm Claire Douglas,  DIY and home interiors writer specialising in money-saving and creative home interior projects. I've spent years developing my 'bespoke on a budget' approach to DIY and home interiors and I love sharing all my tips and tricks in tutorials and posts here on my blog, in articles I write for some of the leading titles, in the press, on Instagram, Tiktok and my online course

Halloween Crafting - Egg-carton bats

Updated: Jan 31

This simple Halloween craft project is one the kids are sure to enjoy & requires no fancy materials so you'll love it too, I mean...egg carton bats?! What's not to love?


Egg carton bats hanging decorations

My plan this Autumn is to share a few easy and cheap ideas to help with your seasonal home styling to save you trawling the internet looking for inspiration. You might have already seen my super simple 'Painted leaf ghosts', Halloween craft project if not you can read it here. as well as my faux and foraged Autumn mantle which is available here...


Egg carton bats

Egg carton bats were a really fun one I did last year with my youngest. You could really go to town embellishing the bats if you were feeling creative or you can stick to the very simple steps that I'm going to show you below...


You will need

Egg cartons

Black paint

Scissors

Needle (if you have one if not use the end of the scissors)

Thread (this one is good that I bought from Amazon as it's clear)


Step 1: Cut the egg boxes



Cut the egg boxes with scissors into strips of three egg sections, cutting off the longer pieces as shown below...


Egg cartons cut into strips of three

Step 2: Paint

Once you've cut the egg cartons up, paint them with black paint. Any paint will do, you could use chalkboard paint if you have it or acrylic craft paint it really doesn't matter.


Paintbrush with black paint painting egg cartons

Step 3: Thread up your bats



Once painted, allow to dry and using a needle or other sharp object, like the end of the scissors, make small holes to allow the thread through.













Step 4: Style up a storm


Once your painted egg-box bats are complete, you can hang them wherever you like. I created a spooky Halloween table display using dried leaves, greenery from the garden, twigs, faux pumpkins and fairy lights. If you don't have a huge selection of foliage available in your garden or you don't have a garden) then pop over to my foraging page here to read my top tips on how to forage flowers and foliage for home styling.


I hope this was helpful.


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This part of my site is concerned with all things aesthetic and building a connection with your home through your decor and styling decisions. If you are looking for bedroom decor inspiration then you need to read Styling tips for a beautiful bedroom. or Budget bedroom makeover to beat the lockdown blues where I show you how I completed the ultimate budget bedroom upgrade using tester pots to paint an ombre mountain mural. If money-saving decor tips is what you are after then you need to read Upcycled pantry shelves of joy and Money-saving home decor hacks.


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Thanks again.


Claire

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