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Bat Mobile?

 (Maggie Bullock)
(Maggie Bullock)

I couldn’t resist the title for this one, though I did not use the bat signal as a template for this project. Bats are not my favorite Halloween symbol, and I generally go for cheerful décor rather than scary, but I really like these guys, especially with simple pumpkins lining the mantel (sugar pumpkins from our garden that will be roasted and pureed for pie in the next few weeks—yum).

To make your own paper bats, you’ll need (large-ish) scraps of black cardstock in varying textures, scissors, a pencil and a template. I did a simple search online for “bat silhouette” and chose one—there are thousands available that you can print and trace onto the back of your cardstock. You can even mix it up and use different silhouettes for your décor; I liked the simplicity of using the same silhouette in two sizes.

Once you’ve traced the bats, cut them out of your scraps and hang. I used white thread to hang mine, but only because I couldn’t find my clear monofilament. I would have used monofilament to keep the thread hidden. I also used simple tape to hang them as they are light and won’t need a strong fastener.

I recommend hanging each at different lengths for added interest (and so they look like they’re flying!).

Happy Halloween!



Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at