9 May 2016

DIY Halloween Invitations (with a swinging bat)

Make some great handmade invitations to set the scene for your spooky soiree.
The bat is sure to cause a scare when your friend opens their mail and it swings out at them!


Orange cardboard
Black cardboard
Black business-sized envelopes 
White copy paper


From the orange card, measure and cut out a rectangle which measures 41 cm x 10 cm (16 in x 4 in).

Measure 19 cm (7.4 in) from the left and score with your scissors. Measure a further 22 cm (8.6 in) in and score.

Fold along the scored lines.


Search for a free clip-art bat on the Internet. Print it out so it measures about 9 cm (3.5 in) across. Trace it onto black cardboard and cut it out. 

Also do a search for a free black cat clip-art on the internet. Print it out so it measures about 7 cm (3 in) across. Trace it onto black cardboard and cut it out.

Staple the smallest flap closed, as close to the bottom edge as possible.

Pierce a hole with a needle in the top left wing of your bat and attach a 10 cm (4 in) length of cotton thread with 3 knots. Pierce a hole through the centre-front of the invitation and thread the other end of the cotton through it. Knot it off several times on the front of the card. 

Design the written part of your invitation on the computer. Use some free clip art if you like. Print it on a sheet of white copy paper. Trim it to 9 cm (3.5 in) x 16 cm (6 in). Paste it to the bottom half of the inner card.


It might be scary,
It might be a fright,
But it’s sure to be fun,
This Halloween night!

You are invited to a
Halloween costume party
On October 31st

At our haunted house

Please bring a plate of festering fare,
For the other witches and ghouls to share.

RSVP by 17th October
Phone number

Stick your black cat onto the front of your card to cover the hole. 

Print out your friend's name on copy paper and cut and paste it above the cat.

Place your invitation in the black envelope with an orange address label on the front. Happy Haunting!

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