Skip to main content

10

Minor Versionm

by Joshua

Introduction

Make this spooky decoration to fill your house with flying bats at your next Halloween party. You'll need a Bit Board, micro:bit, a servo, and some LEGO.

Video Overview

Featured Document

  1. Print the template on black paper if you can, or print and color the bats black.
    • Print the template on black paper if you can, or print and color the bats black.

    • I printed two sheets to make 6 bats, but your project may require more or less depending on the space you have to hang it.

  2. Use a bone folder or a pen to mark the fold lines as shown. Use a bone folder or a pen to mark the fold lines as shown.
    • Use a bone folder or a pen to mark the fold lines as shown.

  3. Cut out the bat shapes.
    • Cut out the bat shapes.

  4. Fold the bat wings back and forth on every other crease like you would a paper fan. Repeat for all the bats.
    • Fold the bat wings back and forth on every other crease like you would a paper fan.

    • Repeat for all the bats.

  5. Make a hole in each bat where indicated. Make a hole in each bat where indicated.
    • Make a hole in each bat where indicated.

  6. Thread about 2 feet of fishing line through the hole on each bat and tie a knot to keep it in place. Thread about 2 feet of fishing line through the hole on each bat and tie a knot to keep it in place.
    • Thread about 2 feet of fishing line through the hole on each bat and tie a knot to keep it in place.

  7. Place a small piece of Maker Tape on the bricks under the corners of the Bit Board to make it fit snugly on the pegs. If you don't have Maker Tape, you could also use a strip of masking tape. Connect the battery pack to the battery terminal, the servo motor to pin 0, and place the micro:bit into the edge connector.
    • Place a small piece of Maker Tape on the bricks under the corners of the Bit Board to make it fit snugly on the pegs. If you don't have Maker Tape, you could also use a strip of masking tape.

    • Connect the battery pack to the battery terminal, the servo motor to pin 0, and place the micro:bit into the edge connector.

  8. Cut a piece of the fishing line long enough to reach across your room, adding about 6 inches extra. Tie the end to the motor head.
    • Cut a piece of the fishing line long enough to reach across your room, adding about 6 inches extra.

    • Tie the end to the motor head.

    • Place the motor head with the fishing line on top of the motor.

  9. Use command strips to adhere the baseplate and the battery pack to the wall (so you don't make any permanent marks on the wall). Tape the other end of the fishing line to the wall on the other side of the room. There should be about 3 inches of slack left in the line to allow the motor to move. Tape the other end of the fishing line to the wall on the other side of the room. There should be about 3 inches of slack left in the line to allow the motor to move.
    • Use command strips to adhere the baseplate and the battery pack to the wall (so you don't make any permanent marks on the wall).

    • Tape the other end of the fishing line to the wall on the other side of the room. There should be about 3 inches of slack left in the line to allow the motor to move.

  10. Tie the bat strings to the main string letting the bats hang at different lengths. Tie the smaller bats higher and the larger bats lower to give the appearance of depth. Trim any excess fishing line from the project.
    • Tie the bat strings to the main string letting the bats hang at different lengths. Tie the smaller bats higher and the larger bats lower to give the appearance of depth.

    • Trim any excess fishing line from the project.

  11. Turn on the battery pack and watch the bats fly!
    • Turn on the battery pack and watch the bats fly!

    • HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Finish Line

Attached Documents

Natasha Dzurny

Member since: 08/26/2019

4,201 Reputation

69 Guides authored

0 Comments

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 2

Past 7 Days: 16

Past 30 Days: 53

All Time: 727