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Autumn Decor: Pumpkins with Hanging and Flying Bats

It’s SEPTEMBER!!!  Does that feel as weird for you to read as it is for me to write?  Crazy.  But, even the trees here in hot Oklahoma must know autumn is on its way because I have seen some leaves changing color.  (Which, hello?  The weather has still been blazin’ hot……how is that even possible?!!)

But since my calendar says it’s September, that means (in my head), that it’s time for Autumn decor!  Which is perfect timing because as a Michaels Maker, our challenge for September was PUMPKINS!  This was a fun challenge since pumpkins can be used for Autumn AND Halloween…..both of which I love!

What I decided to do, was create a little nook in our new place for some pumpkin decor, which is a fun change of pace.  And not only pumpkins……but I added BATS!  Some hanging bats inside one pumpkin and some bats flying across another.  Now we’re ready for September! :)




I placed some mini battery operated flickering lights inside the hollow pumpkin, so that the hanging bats would kind of glow and give a nice contrast against the glittery moon!


It’s especially cool at night, when everything glows!


Each of the bats are attached to some thin wire, and hang from the top of the inside of the pumpkin.



And those flying bats are folded (to appear like they’re flying) and attached to the outside of the other pumpkin.


Together, they make some fun decor to set out for a few autumn months!



Want to make some too??



  • Craft pumpkins
  • black card stock paper
  • hot glue
  • thin crafting wire (I bought this in the jewelry section)
  • gold glitter card stock
  • black acrylic paint
  • Utility Knife (or wood burning tool with knife attachment)


Draw a circle on the outside of your craft pumpkin, the size you want your opening to be.  Use your utility knife to cut cut through your line and remove extra piece.  (We used a wood burning tool that has a knife attachment….melted like butter!)


Paint the inside of the pumpkin with black acrylic paint.


Create a bat shape and cut out some bats from your black card stock.  (You can always google “bat shape” or if you want my exact shape, I can scan it in….just let me know!)  Then use a bowl to trace around for a circular moon and cut that out as well.


Fold the bat right down the center and then bend its wings down, creating the look of a flying bat.


Along the back of each bat, attach a piece of wire with some hot glue.


At the other end of each piece of wire, curl it around your finger to give the wire more surface area.


Then glue it down to the inside top of the pumpkin.  Wait for it to dry, be sure it’s placed where you want it, add a bit more glue for security, and then let dry.


Then add some little lights to the inside of your pumpkin and watch your bats glow!


The bats that are on the surface of the pumpkin are attached with little dots of hot glue…..and were cut and folded the same way as the pumpkin above!


Place on your shelf/table/counter……and ENJOY!




Want to see a few other pumpkin decorating ideas??

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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Nicole Radke says:

    How big were the bats you used? I want to cut them out with my silhouette but not sure on appropriate size.
    Such a cute Halloween idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Barbara says:

    Love this flying bats pumpkin. How do you print the bats on black cardstock? Do you have a template for that? Thanks

    1. Ashley says:

      I just cut out a bat template (that I free-handed) and then traced around it with a pencil on the black cardstock. I’m sure you could find a bat template online and use that too!

      Hope that helps!

  3. Malia @ Small Town Girl says:

    This is the coolest! I could see myself making these for sure! Pinned!

  4. Amy Anderson says:

    How cute is this? I love dioramas . . . and this is awesome!

  5. Debbie says:

    Super cute! You did a great job.

  6. Ellie says:

    We have 6 birthdays and an anniversary in our family between Aug. 18 and Oct. 3, so I never really feel ready to tackle fall/halloween until we are close to the end of the birthday season. But we moved last winter and our kids started school WAY early so my internal calendar is all discombobulated. In spite of our 100+ degree weather, I jumped right over august and have been itching to pull out the halloween stuff for a couple of weeks already. If you are blogging about it now that means it’s time to start making things, which means I can put out my decorations in a week or two without being completely wacko, right? Love your batty pumpkins!

  7. Colleen says:

    Love this!! I went over to Michael’s at lunch and scored their last big white pumpkin!
    They’re going fast!

  8. Lindi Haws says:

    Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! Super creative lady!

  9. Erica {} says:

    SUPER CUTE! Seeing all the Fall crafts this morning has absolutely mdae my day!

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