This do-it-yourself Halloween décor project is super easy. Everyone who walks into our home is always impressed by the life-like effect. When we decorate for Halloween, our home looks like there is a swarm of bats flying around the ceiling.
The supplies needed to make this impressive Halloween décor are very simple. You may even have everything you need at home. You will need black construction paper or cardstock, a white or light colored crayon, scissors, black thread and invisible tape.
First you start by drawing a simple bat template. It should be big enough so you can fit two bats on one piece of letter size paper lengthwise. I drew my template on a piece of cardboard from the back of a letter size tablet and cut it out. The cardboard template makes tracing the bat easier but it isn’t necessary.
Next, fold a piece of the black paper in half lengthwise and trace the bat on either side using the crayon and template. Cutting two bats at once will save time and hand cramps. Cut out as many as you think you will need. We put the Halloween bats on the ceiling in our kitchen, dining room and living room and we have 100 bats.
After you have the bats cut out, it’s time to make them fly! Fold each bat slightly where the wings meet the body. Then cut a piece of string about 15 inches long. Attach one side of the string to the middle of the body, slightly towards the head. The wings will be folded away from the tape. Tape the other side of the string to your ceiling.
Space the bats 1 – 2 feet apart if you want to cover the entire ceiling of a room. You can also use your Halloween bats to accent one area of the room, such as the entry way of your home or over your kitchen table. When you cover the entire ceiling of a room they make an impressive Halloween décor display.
The slightest movement of air makes these Halloween bats flutter around, seeming to be live bats flying around your home. The bats make a truly awesome Halloween spectacle! Our kids love when we get our bats out for Halloween decorating. Lying on the floor and looking up while they move is very entertaining.
Storing the bats is a cinch. I pull them off the ceiling and remove the tape that attaches them to the ceiling but I leave the string attached to the bat itself. I group them in piles of 25 with the strings all facing the same direction. Then I wind all 25 strings loosely around the bats and put them in a Ziploc bag.
Next year when you are ready to decorate for Halloween, carefully unwrap the string and pull each bat off the pile one by one. Repeat the process, starting with slightly folding the wings and enjoy your impressive Halloween décor!