Cheap Halloween Decorations: Easy Bat Aviary

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.

Transform your existing decor to create these spooky and cheap Halloween decorations for only $1! {} DIY Bat Aviary

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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.

Clear thread and hot glue is the secret to the bat's flight

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:

Clear thread makes the bats appear to be hanging in midair

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat with the rest of your bats.

Transform your existing decor to create these spooky and cheap Halloween decorations for only $1! {} DIY Bat Aviary

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!)

Transform your existing decor to create these spooky and cheap Halloween decorations for only $1! {} DIY Bat Aviary

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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  1. It looks really awesome. I never knew there is such thing like clear thread. I always used fishing line. I think I would just make some paper bats for this Halloween.

  2. These are precious! My children love to decorate and they would love to have these in our house!

  3. Super cute Halloween decorations! I love how east and inexpensive they can be! We are very decorated already but I do need a table center piece! Think I am going to try out your bat lantern!

  4. This is a really cute idea for Halloween! My decorations have been limited with a 2 and 4 year old running around. So far they’ve moved/taken down everything they could reach!

  5. What a cute, unique idea! I love this easy bat aviary. It looks stylish and would be fantastic decor in any indoor or outdoor space. It would also be a great gift to a teacher for her/his classroom.

  6. I would have never thought of this, but it’s so cute! I always amazes me how creative people can be for Halloween costumes and decorations!

  7. You are so super creative! I love the idea that you come up with and the way that you bring them into reality.

  8. I love, love, love diy projects! you’ve made this tut seem so easy and exciting

  9. I just love this idea! I’ll have to make it with my daughter. We’re all about Halloween stuff.

  10. What a lovely cute idea for Halloween, I love the ideas of some bats hanging out on display.

  11. These are great Halloween decoration idea. I will have to make some sock pumpkins this weekend. They are so cute.

  12. Great DIY tips! I’ll surely recycle my old bird cages and make it as halloween decorations.

  13. Oh this is fun and easy. I also love you other festive holiday DIYs fun!

  14. You have so many cute ideas! I really love the simplicity of them all.

  15. This looks amazing! I love how easy this DIY but can really add to the halloween decor. I could totally see this being great with christmas with instead of bats…christmas trees or doves.

  16. I love lanterns. My dad build one out of wood for my wedding decor and I still have it. I could totally use it for this project.

  17. This is such an easy and cute idea! I absolutely love how simple it is but it looks super decorative.

  18. These are such great ideas. Loved them. Thank you for sharing. Will try these this halloween.

  19. My knowledge of the origin of Halloween I don’t celebrate it and I won’t tho.

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