Make your Halloween party beverages a little more creepy when you serve them with these ghoulish spider and bat straws. Great for sticking in a cake or as party favors, too! Designed by Lennis Rodriguez.
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
Chenille stems - orange, black, and purple
Paper Halloween straws
Download the PDF for the Spider and Bat Straws Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your projects. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.
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.
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.
ASSEMBLY: Add adhesive gems for eyes on all the bats and spiders.
Bats: Insert the dark grey beads of the loop piece through the opening in the bat’s body.
Insert straw through the loop.
Spiders: Insert the zebra stripe beads of the loop piece through the opening in the spider’s body, and into the back piece.
Cut 24 pieces of chenille stems to 2 1/4 inches, 8 of each color. Insert each piece through the beads marked in pink around the body. Insert the straw as you did for the bats.