A full moon, spooky Halloween sky and flying bats come together to make this awesomely spooky Halloween art project! I just love how the bats pop off the paper in this painting to give it a 3D element.
This is such a fun art project for kids to create and can be done with just a few simple supplies. Kids can experiment with blending different colors of blue together and adding in white and black to create the full moon and Halloween sky. Take a look at my collection of painting ideas for kids for more fun and creative art projects to try!
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Create Your Own Halloween Art Project with 3D Paper Bats
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- Free printable bat template
- Acrylic paint in light blue, dark blue, white & black
- 8.5 x 11 inch White cardstock
- Black cardstock
- Paint palette
1. First, you want to print out your bat templates. Cut them out and trace them onto black cardstock. Use a white pencil crayon to trace your templates to make them easier to see. Cut out your bats and fold them in half. Depending on the age of the kids, you may have to do this step for them.
2. Get all of your painting supplies ready. We used 2 shades of blue a light and a dark as well as white and black. 4 colors is all you need!
3. Use a large plastic lid or bottom of a jar to trace for your full moon. Test out the size to make sure it will work. We used 8.5 x 11-inch white cardstock as our canvas.
4. Paint your full moon white. Working while your white paint is still wet, add a very small amount of black paint to the bottom of the moon and blend in using your paintbrush. Try to keep the center of the moon white.
Add in some more black paint to the outer edge of the moon, reminding kids not to add too much. Not to worry if kids make a mistake, they can always add in more white paint.
5. Starting with the light blue paint and painting in a circle around your full moon, start to paint. At this point, kids can experiment with blending in small amounts of white and black paint to add in some more depth and interest. Acrylic paint can be very forgiving, so let kids have fun and explore mixing some colors together.
6. Start to add in some dark blue paint and cover the rest of your paper. Again, adding in small amounts of white and black and blending. Let your paper dry completely before moving on.
7. It’s time to glue on your paper bats! Have kids apply the glue to the middle bottom area of the bats and they can arrange them onto their painting however they like.
This Halloween art project is so fun for kids to create. Painting the full moon and blending colors together, adding the 3D bats makes this Halloween project a must try!
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