It’s no secret that we love shades here at Zenni, but this DIY puts a fun new spin on the word! These little puppets might look menacing, but there’s no need to fear what’s lurking in this project’s shadows. We’re shedding some light on how to make these spectacular and creative shadow puppets for this year’s Halloween bash. The best part? They make it super easy to create some fun on Halloween night with the kids!
What You’ll Need
- Black construction paper
- X-Acto knife
- Pencil or pen
- Wooden sticks
Step One: Pick Your Favorites
There are so many great shadow puppet templates worth browsing online, and these printable designs take the guesswork out of the process entirely. Select and print a few different styles — from mummies and Frankenstein to witches and vampires — to give your puppets the most diversity. If you’re especially artistic, feel free to create your own!
Step Two: Make the Cut
Using scissors, cut out your printed templates. Be sure to cut out the spaces for the eyes, nose and mouth, as well, so that the shadows have the facial features shown on each design. You can also decorate them with some fun glitter, like the picture above.
Step Three: Proceed with or Without a Trace
Any color paper works for these puppets, but black is the perfect choice for the holiday. Many templates are darkly shaded when they’re printed out, which eliminates the need for black construction paper altogether. But if you want a more sturdy puppet or happen to choose a template that’s not shaded, you’ll want to use a pen or pencil to trace the printed puppet onto your construction paper. When finished, use a craft knife or scissors to cut out the final shape.
Step Four: Stick to the Plan
Use sticky tape to attach each shadow puppet to a wooden stick of your choosing. Some crafters prefer inexpensive coffee stirrers or slender pick-up sticks. Leave them rustic and bare, or add some color with markers or paint as you wish.
Step Five: Set the Stage
As fun as these are to make, they’re even more fun to use. Gather up your audience, spotlight the wall and hand these over to the kids for plenty of holiday entertainment!
We think these wall tricks are a definite treat! What’s your opinion of these easy-to-make shadow puppet creations? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Pumpkin decorations and Halloween go together like… pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Or pumpkin spice and lattes. You get the picture — this season is all about pumpkin everything! But if you’re looking for a twist on the standard orange decor, we have a spooky and clever DIY solution. Let your creativity take flight with these adorable and easy-to-make pumpkin bats!
What You’ll Need
- Several small white or orange pumpkins (or artificial pumpkins)
- Black paint
- A paintbrush
- Thin black and white craft foam or thick felt
- A sharp knife
- A dime
- Chalk or a pencil
- Cardboard (optional)
- Wooden skewers (optional)
Step One: Paint Your Pumpkins
Before you begin, prep your crafting station with newspaper to catch any accidental spills. Paint the entire surface of each pumpkin with black paint and then allow the paint to dry. Feel free to use spray paint if you prefer. For optimal results, use two coats.
Step Two: Create the Eyes
Using a pencil or a piece of chalk, trace dime-shaped circles on the black felt or craft foam in order to create the black portion of the eyes. Cut out each one and then set them all to the side.
Next, lightly draw the white part of the eyes onto the white felt or foam. These can be oblong, triangular, u-shaped or circular, depending on your personal preference. Just make sure they’re larger in size than your black cut-outs.
Finally, glue the black dots to the white cut-outs to create any eye shape you want. Make them creepy, scary, goofy, cross-eyed — anything goes!
Step Three: Build the Wings and Ears
Using your chalk or pencil, draw one bat wing and one triangular ear by hand onto the felt or craft foam. If you prefer to trace the wing, feel free to use a printable template instead. Cut both the wing and ear out and use them to trace the other wing and ear so both sides to match.
Step Four: Tape It Up
Take out two toothpicks, and break each one completely in half. Next, tape one half of a toothpick to the bottom portion of each ear and wing with the sharp side facing down. For extra stability, you can also attach wooden skewers and cardboard to the backside of the wings and ears to strengthen them against the wind or other outdoor elements.
Step Five: Build Your Bat
Use a sharp knife to carefully cut a small slot on the left and right sides of each pumpkin in order to insert the wings. Do the same for the ears by cutting slits on the upper left and right sides below the top stem. Each slot should be a little larger than the size of the toothpick. (Artificial foam pumpkins can make this step easier and safer if you intend to make these with the kiddos.)
Finally, attach the ears and wings to the pumpkin by inserting the toothpicks into the slots.
And voila! The finished product will look something like this:
Naturally, we couldn’t resist the temptation of accessorizing ours with a stylish pair of Zenni frames. We couldn’t have this little guy feeling “blind as a bat,” after all!
These are such a fun and festive alternative to the traditional front-porch pumpkin decor, and making them is easy as pumpkin pie. So what do you think of these pumpkin bat creations? Share your DIY photos and ideas with us in the comments section below!
It’s almost that time of year again, boys and ghouls! Here at Zenni, we’ve gone on a witch-hunt to find clever Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank. After all, you deserve spectacular style at a non-terrifying price. Each ensemble is built around one of our favorite frames, but have no fear… these eyewear treats don’t come with any tricks! You can still enjoy our glasses even if your eyesight is perfect. We give you the option of ordering non-prescriptive lenses solely for that purpose.
You can also check out the great pop culture costumes we did last year as well… But before you go a-haunting, let’s do a little shopping!
Matt Murdock from Daredevil
Total Cost: $81.52 (or less)
Netflix’s Daredevil series follows lawyer turned crime-fighter Matt Murdock as the Marvel superhero who lost his vision in a freak accident as a child. This costume is ideal because A.) Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? and B. Several of these pieces make great additions to your work wardrobe. You’ll need seven things to properly execute the iconic Daredevil look:
1. Zenni Tinted Round Frames (#550021)
Zenni Tinted Round Frames, $9.95
These circular glasses are Matt’s signature accessory, but only when they’re tinted. To achieve the right level of shade, opt for an 80% purple tint on the lenses.
2. Walking Stick
Walking Stick, $10.67
This stick is made for walking… and perhaps fighting the occasional bad guy!
3. Collared Shirt
Long Sleeve Shirt from GearBest, $17.03
The plaid detailing along the front gives this standard button-down shirt special powers.
At such a great price, these khaki pants are a must-have. They’ll help you look the part with or without a lawyer’s salary.
Every businessman/superhero needs a classic necktie, and a charcoal gray hue makes this one a solid choice.
6. Fake Blood
Fighting off evildoers is bound to get a little messy. This fake blood helps you look like you just won a brawl without needing to throw any punches.
7. Daredevil T-Shirt
Daredevil Costume T-Shirt, $18.49
Make it official by layering this basic t-shirt underneath your button-down shirt and tie for a hint of Daredevil’s signature red costume.
Sadness from Inside Out
Total Cost: $122.22 (or less)
Sadness is one of the many voices inside little Riley’s head in this heartwarming 2015 Pixar film. While she may let her tears flow freely, Sadness is wise enough to know a good deal when she sees one without suffering buyer’s remorse.
1. Zenni Round Frame Glasses (#830021)
Our large round frames are perfect for capturing Sadness’ captivating but melancholy stare.
2. Blue Shoes
These comfy sneakers are ideal for trick-or-treating, and they basically go with everything in your closet.
3. Blue Face Paint
Jet Blue Face Paint, $6.24
Sadness is a true-blue friend, so paint your face accordingly.
4. Blue Wig
Party City Blue Bob Wig, $16.99
Mimic Sadness’ chic blue bob with this eye-catching (and affordable) wig!
5. Blue Sweater
If you’re going to buy a cozy turtleneck, choose one that you’ll wear all winter long. This versatile cable knit sweater by L.L.Bean will keep you toasty even when the cold weather has you blue.
Supergirl from CBS’s Supergirl
Total Cost: $49.02 (or less)
You’ll look and feel super in this adorable ensemble. The CBS series takes a look at the blonde-haired Kryptonian with the classic eyeglasses disguise.
1. Zenni Black Wayfarers Glasses (#126221)
Move over, Clark Kent. These cute wayfarers aren’t just for the boys.
2. Superwoman T-Shirt
Supergirl Costume Baby Tee, $19.88
Without that iconic “S”, you’re just another super woman.
3. White Blouse
Ali Express Chiffon White Blouse, $15.86
A “boo-tiful” top to discreetly conceal your superhero costume? Great. A versatile blouse to add to any fashionable wardrobe rotation? Super.
4. Black Skirt
This slimming design is one-size-fits-all with a price that fits every budget.
Rose Gal Skirt, $6.33
Walter from The Big Lebowski
Total Cost: $74.20 (or less)
The Big Lebowski is one of those cult classic films that people adore, so showing up to the costume party dressed as John Goodman’s bowling-loving, temperamental Walter Sobchak is sure to make you “The Dude” of the hour.
1. Zenni Tinted Aviators (#418914)
Zenni Gold Full Rim Aviators, $9.95
Walter’s yellow-tinted aviators are just the right finishing touch for this funny costume. “Am I wrong?”
2. Dog Tags
To fully capture Walter’s look, you’ll either have to carry dog tags from ‘Nam or a bowling ball. The dog tags are a little more lightweight.
3. Purple Collared Shirt
The rich hue of this basic polo gives it endless styling opportunities. The Dude abides.
4. Tan Vest
Just like that famous rug, this tan vest really ties the look together.
5. Cargo Shorts
These relaxed shorts definitely say, “Let’s go bowling.”
Let us know what you think!
So, scaredy cats… which of these ensembles thrills you the most? Let us know which costume you’ll be wearing this year in the comments section below! Also, if you liked this post be sure to check out our post of affordable costumes from last year. And from all of us here at Zenni, we wish you a Happy Halloween!
It's no secret that we love shades here at Zenni, but this DIY puts a fun new spin on the word! These little puppets might look menacing, but there’s no need to fear what’s lurking in this project's shadows. We’re shedding some light on how to make th … [Read more]
Pumpkin decorations and Halloween go together like... pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Or pumpkin spice and lattes. You get the picture -- this season is all about pumpkin everything! But if you're looking for a twist on the standard orange decor, we … [Read more]
It's almost that time of year again, boys and ghouls! Here at Zenni, we've gone on a witch-hunt to find clever Halloween costumes that won't break the bank. After all, you deserve spectacular style at a non-terrifying price. Each ensemble is built … [Read more]