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Monday, December 28, 2009

Flying Bat Pinata

This bat pinata, created using the technique of papier-mache, is creepy enough to be the center of your party decorations. Just be careful after dark; he might swoop down and give you a fright.

Tip: When using black tissue paper, wear gloves and cover your work surface because the dye may run and stain

Paste Layers of Tissue Paper on Balloon

Begin by resting a large balloon on an empty jar (this will prevent the damp tissue from discoloring or sticking to the work surface). Dab diluted craft glue (2 parts glue to 1 part water) on a small section of the balloon, and cover with two full layers of newspaper. For each strip of paper, apply glue and overlap each one slightly before brushing on more glue. After the second layer, tie a long piece of string around center (this will hang your pinata), then continue with 2 more layers of newspaper, followed by black tissue, from the balloon's crown to its knot. Repeat for small balloon (this will become the bat's head), but don't include the string.

Note: This picture is meant to illustrate the technique, but you will be using newspaper and black tissue paper, rather than orange tissue paper, for this project.

Next: Step 2 Hang to Dry

Step 2

Hang to Dry

Using clothespins, hang the tissue-covered large and small balloons from the clothesline by their knots; let dry completely (several hours or overnight).

Step 3

Cut Hole for Candy

Cut a hole in top of body (the large balloon) with utility knife, and save the piece to use for ears. Pop the balloon by making a slit with scissors next to the knot; remove. Cover cut edge with tissue and fill the body with wrapped candy.

Step 4

Assemble the Bat

Pop and remove the balloon from smaller piece. Place small sphere (the head) onto large one (the body). Drape several layers of black tissue paper over the head toward the body and around the neck, brushing with diluted glue until neck is secure. Let dry. Draw or print our bat face template; trace onto white card stock. Cut out features; attach with undiluted glue. Cut ears from reserved piece; glue in place.

Step 5

Make the Wings

Sketch large wing shapes on black poster board, and cut them out. Secure wings to the sides of the bat's body with black duct tape. Paste black tissue paper over the joints to cover the tape. Next, use tape to attach a length of string to the end of each wing. (This will allow you to suspend the wings as if in flight.) Cover the tape with tissue paper. To hang the bat, suspend from body string. Then, tack the two wing strings to the ceiling to make the bat look as if it is flying



Craft glue, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from

Black tissue paper, $.89 for 10 sheets, from Create for Less

Medium artist's paintbrush

Clothespins and clothesline

Small scissors, $10, by Martha Stewart Create, from Walmart or

Craft knife, $12.99, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels or



White card stock, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from

Black poster board

Bat face template

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Newbies for Sale Non-Halloween

Find these in my shoppe at

1776 Leprechaun and Love Doves SOLD THANK YOU!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Comment Forms Work Now

Sorry guys if I hadn't responded to your comments as I am good with that.  This is the first I noticed the forms were working here.  I was not able to get them to work so i gave up and WALLA now they work on their own sooo I will be answering comments from now on :)

Hi My Name is Sue AND........

Hi My Name is Sue AND........

I am a work-a-holic!
I have 6 new dollies breaking out of the Hollow today....Just putting finishing touches on last 2.  I then have to take pics and edit and then I will have them up for sale on Etsy and my website....Also After-Christmas SALE save 25% off Christmas realted dolls and some Halloween under a SALE tab on my website and Etsy look for Sale by the title.
SAVE NOW ALSO- When you place a new order  see at top of blog to download list of available dolls to make or order, no pic?  email me and I will scan it for you to see as some are OOP ....OR you buy anything that is not on the sale tab...get 10% off and also collect your reward points toward your free doll.  Some of you are super close to getting that......Remember we take all major credit cards now also......

Have fun and Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christoween Doll Swap

Christoween Swap Pics on PhotoPeach