bats in the belfry: easy halloween diy

bats in the belfry: easy halloween diy

Uh oh…seems like I have an infestation on my hands…




I know that I’m not the only one ready to decorate for Halloween. I’ve been slowly collecting and bringing out some pieces,  but now that it’s officially mid-September (mostly), it’s time to really get started. This is my first Halloween decor DIY of the year, and it was so cheap and easy I don’t even really believe it myself!


To bring this flock of bats into your lair, you’ll need:

  • Black cardstock
  • Scissors
  • A bat template
  • Adhesive of choice (I used double-stick tape) ETA: After a few weeks, some of my bats started to “give up the ghost” so to say (yukyuk) – I’d recommend using sticky tack instead!

And that’s it! I always gravitate to paper crafts for decoration because it’s so easy to get started. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or supplies or even skills. If you can cut paper, you can make bats!


First, you’ll want to create your bat template. Just like when you made Valentines in elementary school, you can save SO much time and stress by folding your paper in half vertically (hot dog style, as we used to say in elementary school) and using a sweet HALF bat pattern. I didn’t find an existing pattern that perfectly fit what I was looking for, so I made my own!

I got a nice big pack of black cardstock at Michael’s. I was able to get three bats out of each piece…I definitely could have gotten four if I’d decreased the size of the bats slightly, but I like my nice big bats!

Once I had my paper and my template, I put on some Law & Order SVU and started cutting! There’s nothing like zoning out to a good procedural and doing some crafting…feel free to substitute your mindless show of choice 😉 I didn’t bother tracing the template or even taping it down, just held it into place while I cut around it. I didn’t fuss too much about following the lines of the template exactly – I liked having a little bit of variety!


It didn’t take long to amass quite a pile of bats. In addition to ease of cutting out, using the folded cardstock also gives you bats that already have some nice dimension to them. I used a single piece of double-sided tape on the back of one of the wings to adhere my bats to the wall. They look so cute!


I started with this little flock of bats, but I still have a bunch cut out and even more paper! I’ll be placing them throughout my apartment as I finalize the rest of my Halloween decorations.

Have you started any Halloween crafts yet?


Throughout Spooktember and October, I’m sharing everything a vintage gal needs to have the perfect Halloween with costume inspiration, decor, recipes and more! Click here to find all the Glam Ghoul’s Guide posts.


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