Growing up, my very favorite Halloween decoration was always the bats hanging from the ceiling in our entryway. I loved to watch them sway slightly back and forth. They were super simple but still eye-catching. Now that I'm far from home and starting to make Halloween memories with my own kiddos, I knew I wanted some bats of my own, so I decided to make a few.
Maybe it's just our status as the perpetual starving students, but right now I'm all about decorations you can DIY without lots of expensive craft supplies. These definitely fit the bill. All you need is a few sheets of construction paper, scissors, a hole punch, and some string. So you probably already have everything you need just laying around.
The bats are super simple to make. I free-handed mine, but if you prefer to trace, I made a free printable for you to use! Just download the PDF, print it out, and you can use it as a template to trace your own bats on black construction paper. Then hole-punch the eyes, loop a bit of string through one of the eyes and hang from your ceiling. We used to just stick pins in the old popcorn ceiling at my parent's house, but I'm guessing you probably don't have one of those over your head. Instead, you can use a bit of masking tape or, if you're fancy, you can tie them to some sort of hook. I guarantee they'll be a winner no matter how you hang 'em.
Alternatively, you can use the printable as a coloring page. My toddler immediately requisitioned the original and insisted that we color it together. So apparently it's toddler-approved.
If you're interested in the template file, you can download it here:
This is the very first printable I've ever done, so be sure to let me know if there are any problems with it or if you have any feedback for me. I hope that you enjoy these bats and that they can be part of your own Halloween memories. Happy crafting!
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