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DIY/Holiday | 5 Minute TP Roll Bats

5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
As I stated last week, I’m a big sucker for making crafts out of recycled goods. One thing that I always save for this exact reason are toilet paper rolls. There are so many uses, like my koinobori or advent calendar holiday crafts. Well I’m putting TP rolls to crafting use again for yet another holiday – halloween.
5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
These simple bats take up to 5 minutes to make each one. Once all the materials are cut, it’s really only about a minute to assemble. Gotta love fast crafts! These are also kid friendly, except for the exacto knife part.
Let’s get started.


  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Black paper and black cardstock
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife


5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats - steps | Squirrelly Minds
1 Cut your plain black paper in half vertically, then again horizontally. This will give you four sheets for four bats. From your card stock, cut out bat wings, two per tp roll.
2 Cover the tp roll in black paper, using either double sided tape or glue to adhere (Alternatively you could paint the tp rolls black). With an exacto knife, cut slits on either side of the roll, approximately one inch long. You want to make sure they’re approximately at the same spot on each side.
3 Slip each wing into the slit.
4 Have fun decorating by taping onto a wall or door!
5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
I plan to make several and tape them on my door halloween night. You could also attach them to string and hang them from your doorway or front porch. Anything to add to the halloween fun!

For a bit more Halloween inspiration:

From The Halloween Archives


DIY/Holiday | DIY Halloween Tin Can Candleholders

DIY Halloween Tin Can Candleholders | Squirrelly Minds
Whoa what? Tan is blogging today?
Yes I’ve been away a bit lately, caught in a whirlwind of a new job (which so far I love), thanksgiving, and getting sick. I’ll try to make it here a bit more regularly. If not here, then setting up the Squirrelly Minds Shop, cause I’m determined to not let this nasty cold stand in the way of that (although I’ll admit it has so far).

But today I had to share this cute DIY I did for Used Everywhere. I love getting creative with what’s in the recycling box, and this time I opted for a fun DIY to get in the spooky spirit – tin can candle holders painted for Halloween! I currently have mine sitting on my mantel decorated up for the occasion (see pics in the post for a sneak peek of our living room re-decor plans). It’s a cute and simple way to add some halloween decor on a mega cheap budget. So head on over for the full DIY tutorial!

See you there!
For a bit more Halloween inspiration:

From The Halloween Archives


The Friday Five – Thanksgiving DIYs

The Friday Five - Thanksgiving DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders from Posh Little Designs / Thank you gift boxes from A Nest For All Seasons / Printable Thankful Cards and Clipboard DIY from Sarah Hearts / Stencilled Paper Table Runner from Design Improvised /Leftovers Packaging and many free printables from HGTV

As you might have seen on Wednesday, Thanksgiving is coming up for those of us in the north. I might not be hosting thanksgiving this year, but I’ll certainly keep these in mind for our Yanksgiving festivities. Especially those walnut place card holders considering I have a big black garbage bag full of the little guys. I must say, this table setting is making me want to go all glam and gold this year, and the above walnut place cards and the gold table runner fits perfectly.

For a bit more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board and the following posts from the archive:

From The Thanksgiving Archives


The Friday Five – Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY’s

The Friday Five - Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Gold dipped concrete earrings by Fall For DIY / Concrete Votives by Monsters Circus / Cement coasters by A Daily Something / White concrete pots by Zana / Ombre concrete candleholders by Homey oh my!

There’s something about the roughness of concrete mixed with the glam of metallics that I just can’t get enough of, and these DIY’s have me absolutely swooning. I haven’t worked with concrete yet (aside from laying down flooring in the basement) but I’m anxious to try some of these DIY’s out. I’m thinking they’ll make great Christmas presents don’t you? No time like the present to get started!

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