Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids Using Recycled Materials
With Halloween just around the corner, many parents and teachers alike are preparing for the upcoming holiday. Halloween is a great holiday for kids of any ages and it is also a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids. This project provides step by step details on how to create your own egg carton bats and also allows you to teach your kids the value of recycling items for other purposes.
How to Make an Egg Carton Bat
You’ll need a few supplies before you begin your Halloween craft project. You will need a pair of scissors, an egg carton (one or more, depending on the number of children,) goggle eyes (which can be purchased for relatively cheap at your local craft store,) ribbon in your choice of color, black craft paint, glue and paint brushes.
If your children have not reached a scissors handling age, you may need to do the cutting portion for them.
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One egg container will yield four Halloween bats. If you need more bats, you’ll need to use additional egg cartons. I recommend using recycled paper egg cartons, however any type of egg carton will do for this project.
First, you will need to cut each egg carton into four pieces. I recommend cutting across the middle so there are 2 rows of 3 egg holders on each side. Then, further cut the two sections down once more so that there are three egg holders in a row for each bat. This is the overall structure of your bat.
Next, using your scissors you will cut the wings of the back. To do this, simply cut a half oval (following the shape of the egg holder,) into the front sides of the two end egg holders. Repeat this process to the back side of the egg carton as well. At this point, your bat is beginning to take shape.
Using your black craft paint, you will need to paint your egg carton solid black. Be sure to get all of the edges and the insides of the egg holders. Allow to dry for a few hours before continuing on with this project.
Once your egg carton bats have dried, you can use your scissors to poke two small holes on the top of the carton. You can loop your string or ribbon through here to create a hanger for the bat.
Last, you can glue on your goggle eyes. You don’t necessarily need to use goggle eyes, you can also use red, white, yellow or even green (or any other color your children desire) to cut out small circular eyes and glue them to the front of the bat.
Allow the glue to dry and voila – you have created egg carton bats for Halloween.