Do you happen to have a decorative bird cage or lantern in your home decor? If you do, check out these super cheap Halloween decorations. You can whip them up in just a few minutes! Seriously, this spooky bat aviary was finished in under ten minutes, and it only cost me a dollar.
Cheap Halloween Decorations
I think the key to creating inexpensive decor is working with what you already own. I purchased a four-pack of plastic bats at the Dollar Store, and I intended to use them on a wreath. That didn't work out, so I was ready to throw them in the Halloween stash for next year. On my way to the garage, I noticed my lantern sitting on the piano. Light bulb! The idea for a bat aviary was born.
I pulled out my glue gun and raided my sewing basket to find my clear thread (kind of like fishing line, but not as heavy). The rest was super easy. Here's how you can do it, too:
- Tie clear thread or fishing line to the top of the lantern or bird cage. (I used three bats, so I tied three pieces on three different sides.) See how well the thread hides? If you look really closely, you might be able to see the ends of the tread in the above picture. I can see it because I know where to loo, but I bet you can't!
- Draw a bead of hot glue along the back of one bat at the angle you want it to hang. Press the thread into the bead of glue, and allow it to dry. Attach the bottom end of the thread to the bottom or side of the lantern. Since my lantern is glass and metal, I am crossing my fingers that the hot glue will peel right off without damaging anything. You might want to test yours in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Repeat with the rest of your bats.
That's it. Just be careful that no bats get out and try to fly away! (Hee, hee. I found the fourth bat in my daughter's bedroom attached to the pumpkin. I thought it actually looked pretty cute!)
How do you find inexpensive ways to change up your Halloween decor? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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