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Make Your Own Halloween Embellishments

Hello, May Arts Friends! Virginia here with some easy creepy creature embellishments you can use on your Halloween cards, treats and décor projects.


To create these googlie eyed bats I used HA10  black satin in 1.5” and 3/8” width.

For the Large bats I used a 10” length, and the small bats a 2.5” piece.  **Cut ends on a diagonal.

*Note: Regardless of the length you use, subtract 1” from the cut length to determine finished length.

Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon, and square up the ‘good’ side.

Fold tip of ribbon to the center knot. Cut a half oval from the edge of the ribbon. Round tip of opposite side of the wing.

Using a lighter, singe the edges of the scallops to prevent fraying. Using a hot glue gun apply googlie eyes.


To create this creepy crawly you will need a 2” length of HA10 1.5” and a 2.5” piece of HA10 3/8”.

Cut a piece of scrap paper 1” by ¾”. Cut 4 strips of craft wire 4” long. Bend wire into half circle shape, and hot glue at the center to paper.

Hot glue wider strip of ribbon to the long sides of the paper, hiding the edges underneath the body.  Stuff the back of the spider with a pinch of batting. Hot glue front and back to underside of the spider.

Using the 3/8” ribbon, tie a knot in the centre. Glue the two loose ends to the belly of the spider leaving only the knot exposed (the head).  Manipulate the wire legs to have the spider in the desired position.


Now go on and create some Halloween project using your creepy embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog post by: Virginia Fynes

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  1. Carina Nilsson

    Wow! This looks so easy, I hope I can do it too! But what a fantastic idea, the hard thing is to think how to make this easy, fun, wonderful things! I'm in ah for every great idea in these tutorials on this site! I will absolutly follow this blog! 🙂
    Carinas Scraprum

  2. Sue D

    The black satin is perfect for this.

  3. Charlene

    Spooky cute!

  4. Amanda Hav

    What clever and cute ideas!! I never thought of doing that with ribbon!!  I love your ribbon, by the way and thank you for the opportunity to win! I have "Liked"  you on Facebook, too 🙂

  5. Julie A. Shearer

    Wow….these are so great. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  6. Holly E

    I love the bat, its such a cool idea! Im going to try this. I would try the spider too but I hate spiders! lol

  7. scrappymo!

    Oh my goodness.. .that spider is superb!!

  8. Ann M

    Awesome!! I think these may be the only bats that don't make me cover my head!! 🙂

  9. sharon gullikson

    I LOVE your idea for the bats. I'm going to have to get some black ribbon now!

  10. Christine Dring

    These creations are spooktacular! LOL! Love them both!

  11. Kristie Maynard

    Great ideas!  I especially love the bat, how fun would they be hanging from the ceiling for a party!?!?!

  12. Angi W

    That is the cutest thing. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Denise Bryant

    Great idea! I love the bats and need some for an ATC project I have coming up next month… these would be perfect!

  14. Randee S

    What a clever idea!!!  They are both sooo cute.  Thanks for sharing.

  15. Ava G

    Ok, the projects are from the magical creative artistic rainforest and these ladies have been eating a diet from the magic mushroom patch!!!!lololo
    creativity beyond imagination……… can i have the address to the magical rainforest please!!! wink wink
    ava g

  16. Tonya Hopkins

    Wow these are so creative and they look awesome. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Beverly Jordan

    Love the spider but both are such clever ideas!!

  18. Karen McAlpine

    Love that bat!!  I will certainly be making these for my Halloween cards!!

  19. Conni R

    Tied bat is so cute!!! perfect halloween ideas!

  20. Gail L.

    So creepy & creative!

  21. Pam Pritzl

    OMG, love that little bat … he's serioiusly adorable!!!!

  22. Jamie Greene

    OMG to cute!!

  23. debb

    Cute Halloweeen ideas!

  24. Dorina D

    Bat-tastic. Very clever and what a fun Bat on your first card.  Wish I'd seen this begfore I finished my cards last week.  And your spider tutorial is fabulous.  Can't wait to try that.  Great job and so fun using ribbons in this manner. TFS

  25. Samantha T.

    Super cute ideas!

  26. Alice Carman

    This is lovely!!!  What a great idea.

  27. Kim H

    Great use of ribbon for Halloween embellies. LOVE that spider. thanks for sharing.
    aka PaperCraftingAddict Scrapper

  28. Michelle Stewart

    I love the spider card, that is totally cute.  Great Tips!

  29. Shannon Stewart

    Love this idea! I'm amazed that people come up with so many ideas that I would never ever think of… appreciate the step by step! 

  30. KellyG

    OMG, so cute!  Especially love that bat!  So creative!

  31. Bonnie Garby

    Very creative!

  32. Barb Ghigliotty

    Love these Halloween cuties! Thanks for your inspiration!

  33. Elizabeth

    Oh my gosh!  I couldn't love these ideas any more! 

  34. Elizabeth

    Oh my gosh!  I couldn't love these ideas any more!  You are awesome!

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  36. Miriam Prantner

    So cute!  Love that little spider, and how easy is the bat?!

  37. Darlene Gabriel

    Ok now those are cool.

  38. LinhC

    So creative!

  39. Vera W. Yates

    This is so cool!

  40. Jeniff

    Beautiful project, love the bat and the spider

  41. Camille Short

    I agree with Jess – that bat is seriously the cutest! And clever.  Halloween cards are my schedule today…and I'm seeing ribbon bats in my near future!  Thanks for the idea!

  42. Angie G

    WOW, what a great creative idea.  Thank you for sharing.

  43. Donna O'Neil

    That is so clever! Thanks for sharing.

  44. Lalonda Ramirez

    Awesome! Who knew you could make so much out of ribbon. Love it!

  45. Verna A.

    What a great spider you created. So perfect for Halloween cards.

  46. Nina Nuernberger

    Those bats are too cute!!!

  47. Lillian Child

    My 4 year old grandson is gonna LOVE this bat and spider … might have to put them both on a card for him for Halloween. 

  48. Marcy H.

    The bat is so cute!!  Thanks for the tutorial!

  49. Katherine L

    Love the bat!  and easy to make.  Thanks!

  50. Kelly Hardin

    Ok RIBBON bats!?  That's the most awesome Halloween card I've ever seen!  Definitely making those.

  51. Amy #8546

    Well this is just so neat.  I am in the progress of making spiders out of rocks with my kiddos…..I will have to try this one too.  Thanks for the ideas.  These are really cute….Happy Birthday!!!

  52. Cheryl Hutcherson

    Oh wow!  So cute!  Would have never thought to make bats out of ribbon.  Love how they turned out!

  53. steph d.

    the bats are adorable!  very creative :).  tfs!

  54. Natisha Hill

    Some people are so creative.  How come I can't come up with stuff like this?  And it's so simple.

  55. maria mendoza

    Amazing love the way the bat and spider came out. 
    Thanks for sharing 

  56. Bhavana Patel

    Amazing!!! Love the bats! thanks for tutorial!

  57. Terry Fryer

    Nice easy projects. The bat is really cute.

  58. Penny H.

    The spiders are cute but the bats are ADORABLE!  I can't wait to try it!

  59. Jess Doyle

    I think that bat is seriously the cutest little guy ever! So darn clever… shame we don't celebrate Halloween here… 


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