DIY Holiday Decor

Halloween DIY Decor: Bat Wreath

With Halloween right around the corner I wanted to get a head start on some DIY decor. We will have trick-or-treaters for the first time this year since moving into our new home which I have been very excited about. If you ask my husband, he will probably tell you I am more excited than the neighborhood kids are at this point. Alas, I will have our front porch properly decorated for the kiddos thanks to this DIY bat wreath. It was so fun and easy to make and the best part – it cost less than $20! I have listed step-by-step instructions on how to recreate it below. Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Bat Wreath

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Supplies:

  • 1 twig wreath (Purchased from Hobby Lobby for $7.99)
  • Rubber bats (Purchased from Michaels for $4.99)
  • Grapevine wire (Purchased from Hobby Lobby for $2.99)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft pliers

Step 1: Remove strings from bats.

All of the rubber plastic bats I found at the craft store had black strings attached to them for hanging. The ones I purchased ended up being very easy to remove by just pulling the knotted end of the string through the bat like shown below. You will want to do this for each of the bats you plan to use.

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Step 2: Cut the grapevine wire and secure it to the wreath.

You will want to use wire cutter to cut through the grapevine wire. I cut about a 5 inch piece each time and adjusted the length as needed once I attached the wire to the wreath.

To attach to the wreath you will want to create a hook underneath one of the twig branches and twist the end of the grapevine wire around until it is mostly secure like shown below. (I used a pair of craft pliers to help with this part.)

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Once you have the grapevine wire attached, you will reenforce it by placing on glue on each side of the knot like shown below. Hold the grapevine wire in place for 5 seconds to secure.

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Step 3: Attach the bats.

To attach the bats to the grapevine wire you will place a small amount of hot glue on the bottom of each bat. Immediately press the bat in place at the end of the grapevine wire and hold in place for 10 seconds to secure like shown below.

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You will repeat steps 2 & 3 to attach the rest of the elevated bats to the wreath. Space out the elevated bats on the wreath as you see fit. (I ended up with 5 elevated bats total.) For the remaining bats, place them on the wreath between the elevated ones by using the hot glue gun to secure them directly on the branches.

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Let the wreath sit overnight to dry before hanging on your door.

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Happy Halloween, y’all!

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