Fun Bat

We just love this goofy-looking Halloween bat—hardly scary at all! He’s quick and easy to make with Perler beads and makes a great decoration for a spooky holiday.
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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Purple - 578
  • Black - 240
  • Cranapple - 200
  • Red - 16
  • White - 34

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Black thread
  • Large blunt needle

Step 2

Download the PDF for the Fun Bat Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5
Step 5

ASSEMBLY: On the back of the bat’s head, insert the small wings into the slots under the eyes.

Step 6
Step 6

Slide the big wings onto the small wings aligning the slots.

Step 7

Cut 2 pieces of thread about 3 inches long.

Step 8

Tie the pieces to the sides of the head as shown.

Step 9

Thread 4 purple and 3 white beads onto each piece of thread, and finish by tying onto the hands.

Step 10

Cut a longer piece of thread for a hanger and tie it to the top of the bat’s head.

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