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Bats on the Wall! (free paper bat template)

We’ve Got Bats on the Wall!  This free Paper Bat Template is a perfectly spooky Halloween decorating project that is perfect for parties or everyday Halloween fun!

Free bat template

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Free Bat Template for Halloween Decor

I’ve got an awesomely fun Halloween Wall Decor project to share today – these paper bats are 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 printable pdf bat template and a free bat cut file for your Silhouette.

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 year, 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, 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, (I asked a bunch of bloggers which one they liked more, the Silhouette or Cricut) and gifted myself a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas. *Update- I now have the Cricut Maker – Upgraded to that for the fabric cutting ability. I don’t think you can go wrong with either machine.

The reason I never mentioned it 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 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.


Products used and/or recommended to make the Paper Bats


Paper Bat template

Cutting the Paper Bats

I included a pdf and svg version of the bat template (Download link 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!

free svg bat

I resized a couple of the bats for a bit of variety.

how to make a paper bat

Hanging the Paper Bats

To hang the bats, I folded them down the center and added a glue dot to 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.)

pdf bat template


Grab the free Paper Bat Template here:

free bat template

The kids were absolutely thrilled and so surprised when they saw these bats!  (This is their computer station.)  They love it and want me to make more bats!  Maybe I will…


Have fun getting batty!


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