Paper Bats for Wall

I absolutely adore simple Halloween crafts, don’t you? This complimentary Paper Bat Template is a wonderfully eerie Halloween decorating project that’s perfect for parties or just for some everyday Halloween fun!

These adorable bats are a fantastic idea for Halloween and they look absolutely stunning on walls. You can also hang them from the ceiling, attach them to your front door, or even glue them onto popsicle sticks!

Free bat template

A Free Bat Template for Halloween Decor

We’ve got bats on the wall!

Great news! I have an incredibly fun Halloween wall decor project to share with you. These paper bats are incredibly easy to make and they’ll give the illusion that they are just floating on your wall. They’re perfect for Halloween parties or simply for adding a dash of spooky fun to your everyday life!

To make things even easier for you, I’ve included a free printable bat template and a free bat cut file (SVG) for those of you who own a cutting machine.

Free bat template

I’ve been seeing these darling paper bats flying around all over Pinterest lately. It seems like they multiply every Halloween! Last Halloween, I even tore a page out of a magazine with the intention of recreating the look, but I ended up losing that page, of course. I just never got around to the project because I didn’t have a bat template ready to go. I was either too tired, too busy, or I simply ran out of time. You know how it goes, right? (These paper bats are absolutely perfect for decorating a Halloween party!)

Which Cutting Machine is the Best?

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but last year, I did a ton of research on the best cutting machine. I asked a bunch of bloggers in one of my Facebook groups which brand they preferred – Silhouette or Cricut. The poll results were pretty even, but one person mentioned that she thought the Silhouette software was easier to use, so I treated myself to a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas.

*Update – I now have the Cricut Maker because I wanted the ability to cut fabric. But honestly, you can’t go wrong with either machine. (And both software options are fairly user-friendly.)

The reason I never mentioned the cutting machine until now is because, although I set it up on my desk and plugged it in, I had never even turned it on! Well, today was the day… and it turns out, it’s not that difficult to use!

This paper bat project has truly inspired me to learn how to use this machine. (I watched this video to get started.) I can’t wait to create a few more projects using fabric and vinyl.

Tools/Materials Needed to Make the Paper Bats

Here’s what you’ll need to make these paper bats:

  • Bat Templates (or your own bat stencil – you can find the download link to my Halloween bat template at the bottom of this post)
  • Silhouette Cameo, plus the starter bundle (I’ve seen the best deals lately) or a printer and scissors
  • Glue Dots
  • 65# Black Cardstock or lighter weight construction paper if you’re cutting them by hand

Paper Bat template

Cutting out the Bat Template

I’ve included a PDF and SVG version of the bat template (you can find the download link at the bottom of this post), but let me tell you, it’s much easier to let the machine take care of cutting out the bat template than to cut them out by hand!

However, if you prefer, you can use the PDF bat shape, lighter weight black construction paper, and scissors to cut out the bats manually. These little bats make a fun and crafty Halloween project for young children.

To make an adorable vampire bat, simply add a few googly eyes to the bats, and the kids will have an awesome DIY Halloween decoration.

Free SVG bat template

When printing or preparing the files for cutting, feel free to resize the bat outlines to create bats of different sizes for added variety.

Bat silhouette

Hanging the Paper Bats

To hang the bats, I used a bone folder to fold the paper bats down the center and added a glue dot to the middle of the back of each bat. (I initially tried regular tape, but it didn’t work well because the paint finish in the room is too shiny. However, the glue dots did the trick and the bats stayed perfectly in place.)

Bat template

Grab the Bat Template Here:

Free bat template

The kids were absolutely thrilled and surprised when they saw these bats! They loved them so much that they’re asking me to make more bats! Maybe I will…

Have a blast getting batty!

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