Box No.10 is a Dainty twist on a classic craft. These rice sock pals are a joy to bring to life and once you make one, you’ll want to make more because they are so fun to create. We had a lot of fun making ours!
These maker boxes are made to be done together, to encourage quality time, that's why I don’t put an age limit on these projects. Depending on how old your child is, you may need to tweak the steps slightly in order to make it fun for everyone.
This keepsake is meant to be kept for a lifetime. I especially love pulling out the previous holiday crafts my girls have made to put on display each year; so we used two types of glue to help make that possible. My girls each use a low temp glue gun, which is warm, but not hot. (Here's the link to the glue gun.) We also used a tacky glue for some parts, which is best for use on fabrics. (This kind.)
*These glues can also be found at any craft store and are used for just about every maker box.
1. Lay out all materials/supplies.
2. Cut sock approximately 2 inches below the heel. Set toe section aside.
3. Flip the sock inside out.
4. Gather and tie the cut end of the sock 3/4 inch from the top.
5. Tie tightly with embroidery floss. Be sure to knot 2 or 3 times to secure. This will become the top (head) of your bat. Trim excess embroidery floss.
6. Flip sock back to correct side out.
7. Slowly scoop or pour 2 1/2 cups of dry rice or oatmeal into your sock. (You can place sock in tall drinking glass and fold ends over the lip to support the sock as you pour.)
8. Once sock is filled, use the embroidery floss to tie off the top section of the sock (about 1 inch from the top). Use the same method as Step 5.
9. Flip the bat right-side up with the tied side down. You’ll also be forming the bat’s shape with your hands to create an indent for the neck. Tie the middle section to separate your bat’s head and body. (Tip: Bottom will be larger and rounder to help your creation stand up!)
10. Once the head and body are separated and you’re happy with the shape, set the bat upside-down to reveal the excess sock. Hot glue around the base and press excess down to create a flat bottom. Flip your bat right-side up and set aside.
11. Locate the stiff black felt and the Bat Wings and Ears pattern. Cut patterns out of cardstock. Place patterns on the felt and trace. (A white crayon or white colored pencil works best.) Cut out Bat Wings and Ears.
12. Next, take the ears you just cut out and glue them on the top of the head. It works best if you add glue to the bottom end of the triangle and press into place while pinching both sides.
13. After that we’ll add the little fuzzy feet. Grab the 2 large black poms and glue to each side of the front of the body.
14. Now we’ll make the face! This is only an example face. There are plenty of supplies to get creative! Hot glue your selected facial features directly to your bat’s face.
15. Once your face is complete, use the sparkle tulle to tie around the head and make a bow. Cut off the excess.
16. Now it’s time to decorate the bat wings. I use the strip of glitter and cut small slices to create the detail, but there are lots of goodies provided for you to get creative. Use the glitter, tiny pom poms, and metallic felt to create the wings of your dreams.
17. Hot glue the wings onto the back of the bat about 1/2 inch below the head. Press and hold until glue sets.
18. Lastly, we’ll add the vintage boho fringe shawl. Simply wrap around neck, criss- cross front and glue at desired point. Trim excess. Add decorative black and white tie bow. Trim to desired length.
19. You can also accessorize your new bat using anything around the house that may be fitting!