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Bats on the Wall! (free paper bat template)

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I love easy Halloween Crafts, don’t you? This free Paper Bat Template is a perfectly spooky Halloween decorating project that is great for parties or everyday Halloween fun!

These cute bats are such an awesome idea for Halloween and look amazing on walls, hanging from the ceiling, attached to the front door, or even attached to popsicle sticks!

Free bat template

Free Bat Template for Halloween Decor

We’ve Got Bats on the Wall!

Good News! I have got an awesomely fun Halloween Wall Decor project to share.

These paper bats are so easy to make and look like they are just floating on the wall- perfect for your Halloween parties or just everyday spooky fun!

To make it even easier for you, I’ve included a free printable bat template and a free bat cut file (svg) for your cutting machine.

free bat template

I’ve seen these darling Paper Bats flying all over the walls of Pinterest lately, they seem to multiply every Halloween!

Last Halloween season, I even ripped a page from a magazine with the intention to recreate to look (lost that page of course.)

I just never really got to the project- didn’t have a bat template ready to go, was too tired, too much work, ran out of time, etc… I can go on and on with my excuse list, lol. (How perfect are these paper bats for Decorating for a Halloween Party?)

Which Cutting Machine is Best?

I probably haven’t mentioned it, but last year, I did a bunch of research on the best cutting machine, (by research, I asked a bunch of bloggers in one of my Facebook groups which brand of machine they liked more, the Silhouette or Cricut.)

The poll results were pretty even, but one person mentioned she thought the Silhouette software was easier to use, so I gifted myself a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas.

*Update- I now have the Cricut Maker – Upgraded to that for the fabric cutting ability. But truthfully, I don’t think you can go wrong with either machine. (And the software on both is fairly easy, lol)

The reason I never mentioned the cutting machine? Well… That’s because, even though I set it up on my desk and plugged it in, I had never even TURNED IT ON!

Until today of course… Turns out, it’s not that hard to use!

This paper bat project totally inspired me to learn to use this machine. (I watched this video to get started.) Can’t wait to make a few more projects with fabric and vinyl.

Tools/Materials Needed to make the Paper Bats

  • Bat Templates (link to my template at the bottom of the post)
  • Silhouette Cameo, plus starter bundle (best deal I’ve seen lately) or printer and scissors.
  • Glue Dots
  • 65# Black Cardstock or lighter weight construction paper if cutting by hand.

Paper Bat template

Cutting out the Bat Template

I included a PDF and SVG version of the bat template (The bat template link is found at the bottom of the post), but I will say it is so much easier to let the machine cut out the bat template than to cut them by hand!

However, you can use the PDF bat shape, lighter-weight black construction paper, and scissors to cut the bats out by hand.

These little bats make a fun and crafty Halloween project for young children.

To make a cute vampire bat, 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 setting up the files for cutting, you can resize the bat outlines to a couple of different sizes for some 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 bat on the back. (I tried regular tape first, but the paint finish in this room is too shiny and the bats were falling down. I added a glue dot, and they stayed perfectly.)

bat template

Grab the Bat Template here:

free bat template

The kids were absolutely thrilled and so surprised when they saw these bats!  They love it and want me to make more bats!  Maybe I will…

Have fun getting batty!

Want more Halloween ideas? Be sure to check these out:

Halloween Party Games Halloween Party Games for Kids (donut on a string)

Easy Halloween Lantern

DIY Glitter Pumpkins

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween Deviled Eggs

Graveyard Pudding Cups

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  1. Did the glue dots peel off your paint easily? I hand cut 50+ bats to hang at my boyfriends apartment and they won’t stay up with tape. Thank you!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      they did not peel off my paint.

  2. The file is a svg for the template, but when I try to open it, it’s not a file to unzipped. It just downloads as IE/Chrome link

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      So strange. Works fine for me on chrome. What operating system are you using?

      1. Jamie Sanders says:

        Also worked fine for me on internet explorer. You can only open svg’s in programs that will handle them, like adobe illustrator, the silhouette design software or cameo design space.

  3. I used to hot glue string of different lengths to my flying bats and then attach the strings to the ceiling of my bathroom so when you walked in the room the air movement would make them fly. The kids loved them!

  4. frank lingiroux says:

    Really Nice Blog, Thanks for Sharing! Should I use Cricut machine instead of Silhouette for doing the above activity as I dont have Silhouette machine.

  5. Carin Cullen says:

    I really do need to invest in a Silhouette. I just made a bat garland and cut every single bat by hand.The bat wall looks absolutely fantastic. Such a fun idea!

  6. Crystal Nell says:

    I love the bat wall!! Thank you so much for the Silhouette pattern. Love it!!