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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Joy

DIY Halloween 3D Bat Decals (Free bat template included!)

I have grown to absolutely LOVE Halloween! It seems that each October I add to my collection of Halloween decor, and this year is no exception. I think knowing that my plans for Halloween are pretty limited this year due to COVID, I've been extra into decorating our apartment this month, so we can still enjoy "Spooky Szn" at home.

If you're on Pinterest, then you probably know one of the more popular, modern Halloween decorations are the bat cut-outs that people place on their walls, windows, fireplaces, mirrors, etc. I'll admit that I'm super into the trend, and I think they're a simple way of "spook-i-fying" your house without going over the top or adding anything too gaudy, cheap-looking, or cluttering. So I decided I wanted some for our apartment!

I was able to find the bats that everyone seems to be purchasing on Amazon for about $8. I was about to place an order for them when I had the thought - maybe I could make these myself? So instead of ordering the ones from Amazon, I purchased a package of black poster board from the Dollar Tree, drew a simple bat template, pulled out my scissors, and got to work.

I was so pleased with how my bats turned out, and I love how they don't look exactly like the ones everyone else has! I also ended up spending half as much money as I would have if I had purchased the pre-made ones on Amazon! Since I love them so much, I decided to share the template I drew, as well as the simple step-by-step directions for how I made them in case someone else is feeling crafty and wants a cauldron of unique bats on their wall!

And for those of you who don't feel like getting crafty this Halloween season - I've linked the pre-made bat cut-outs below as well!

What you need:

  • Black poster board (construction paper works also)

  • Scissors

  • Sticky wall tack (to hang the bats)

  • Bat template:

Bat Template
Download PDF • 15KB

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Print out the bat template document

  2. Use scissors to cut out around the bat outline

  3. Using a black, thin-tip marker, trace the bat outline onto the black poster board

  4. Cut out the traced bat

  5. Continue tracing and cutting bats until you have your desired number (I made about 25 bats)

  6. Fold the bats in half symmetrically to make them 3D

  7. Use a pea-sized amount of sticky tack to stick the bats to your walls, windows, fireplace, or anywhere else you would like them to be!

  8. Enjoy your homemade spooky decorations!

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Happy "Spooky Szn," everyone!

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