Have you seen the Pottery Barn catalog with all of the Halloween decorations...especially the vase filled skulls with lite candles over the highly flammable moss? Not to give them a hard time, but I'm convinced the PB design team does NOT have kids!
Well here is my fireproof and much cheaper version...
I used skulls from the Dollar Store that I darkened up a bit with some acrylic stain and a few bats that I cut out with a cookie cutter out of salt and flour dough and painted them with black acrylic paint (see below.) I used a flame-less candle that I painted black and added some moss and it was ready!
My boys and I had a fun time making these bats out of dough. I made a bunch of them and even put some holes in a few to possibly make a banner...that's on my to do list but so we shall see!
Here is all you need for the dough:
1 Cup Salt
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Water
Just mix all together and knead until smooth. The dough can be a bit sticky so I just rolled it out with some flour and started cutting out the bats with a cookie cutter. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 200 degree oven until hard (usually 2 to 3 hrs depending on how thick you've made the shapes.) After they have cooled off I sanded some of the rough edges and then painted them.