It's time to get your craft on with this spooktacular activity. Perfect for some Halloween fun with the kids.
Trick or treating just got a whole lot more exciting with this cute miniature bat costume. It’s super simple to make and perfectly sized to fit your little one’s Dinkum Dolls or other similar sized toy pals.
Mini adventurers will love taking their masked friend out and about with them on all their Halloween escapades.
The beauty of this activity is that you can make this as simple or elaborate as you like - use coloring crayons or paints for the base, then really go to town by adding cut out felt shapes, stick on jewels or feathers for a striking look. Raid that junk drawer or craft box to see what treasures are lurking. And, it’s always a good idea to use recycled materials to decorate where possible.
Why not make it an event and dress for the occasion, pop on some ‘spooky’ music and offer some tasty themed treats. Check out this tasty spread. It's a feast for the eyes never mind about hungry tummies and it certainly brings the wow factor!
Let's Get Started
You will need:
- A Dinkum Doll or similar sized toy friend
- A printer
- A4 card or paper
- Child friendly glue
- Paints or crayons
- Elastic or rubber band
- Crafting materials such as: felt, colored paper, paints, coloring pens and pencils, feathers, stickers, glitter, stick on jewels etc.
The template you will need to create your outfit is here.
Ready, steady, Make
- Gather your materials together. Print your outfit onto A4 paper or card (depending on your printer's capabilities). If printing on paper you can paste it onto a piece of card once printed and cut around it for extra sturdiness. Tip: Used cereal boxes are ideal for this.
- Scissors time! Use the guidelines to cut out the wings and headband. Always supervise little ones if scissors or sharp objects are involved.
- Now the real fun can start. First, add the base color. Then, encourage little crafters to get creative and decorate their outfit to their heart's content. Check out these Halloween themed sticker sheets from Meri Meri which make a sweet option if drawing’s not your thing.
- Once ready and dry, (if you’ve used paints or glue) take the wings and poke the designated holes out with a kebab skewer or similar (this is best as a grown ups job). Take some elastic and thread it through each hole, so you have a loop effect. Then, simply turn your wings over and tie knots in each end, to secure them. Now, take your Dinkum Doll and pop the wings on over each arm, like you would a backpack, Do the same with the headband. Skewer the holes, measure the gap at the back & then add in a piece of elastic, knotted on each end.
- And that’s it. Your totally bat-tastic mini outfit transformation is complete and ready for spooky adventures!
Shop the amazing world of Dinkum Dolls.
Dress it Up
To get you in a goulish mood, here's some of our favourite dress up outfits, in no particular order.
These dragon wings from Fabelab are sooooo enchanting, perfect for the cutest little fire breathers.And how about this striking knights costume. It will bring some medieval mayhem to the occasion. Complete with realistic chainmail armour, tunic, cape and crown, this is no ordinary dress up. Add a sword and shield and get ready for battle.
If fairytales are more your bag, then this Lady Guinevere costume is a winner. It will transport little ones straight to the dark ages for inspired heroic adventures that will last well beyond Halloween.
And there you have it! Don't forget to share your creations with us over on Instagram at @scandiborn.