DIY Bat Garland {Free Download!}

DIY Bat Garland |

If you liked my a-little-nuts Halloween mantel, I thought I’d share the garland how-to. I’m working to get all of my blogger badges, you see. They give them out for wearing stripes and completely ignoring the laundry.

The Paper Source catalog came in the mail not long ago, and I adored all of the cute & clever Halloween decorations. The bat garland seemed the easiest for my limited drawing skills.

Well, apparently my drawing skills are even more limited than I thought. Several tries – and lots of paper – later I gave up and went to Michaels. I bought a bat shape, traced it and scaled it bigger and smaller.

Tracing and cutting I can do. Barely.

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Bat Garland Template (free download of 4 different sizes of bats)
  • Black construction paper
  • 1 piece of white paper for the moon
  • Black ribbon, string or twine
  • Scissors and hole punch

Use the bat shape template to trace and cut out as many bats as you want (there are 4 different sizes). Use the hole punch on the wings and string through your ribbon or twine. Alternate the sizes and add the moon if you like. You can also use the hole punch to add some eyes for your bats.

That’s it!

DIY Bat Garland |

(See my head poking up in the photo? Hehe.)


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  1. blurooferika says

    What a cute garland! I hear you on the freehand drawing front. Not gonna happen for me. And I’m not much for cutting in a straight line, though i’ve gotten better with practice. Thanks for the template!

  2. says

    Your garland turned out very cute! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

  3. says

    This is a great project. We have a mantle and fireplace now (after years of NOT having one), so I just might do this with my boys.

    Thanks for linking this post up to the Wednesday Curious Hop. I hope you'll come back and join in again next week.

  4. says

    I love this–you are so crafty! I used to live right by Paper-Source and I will never stop missing it ever. I know you can buy online, but it's just not the same. I made our wedding invitations with stuff from there!

  5. says

    That's wonderful! My daughter will love this! She's two so she is just starting to get excited about Halloween– I'm adding this to our craft to-do list. Thanks!

  6. says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, as I'm so happy to have found yours! Like you, I gave up a 6 figure sales job to stay home with my 2 boys. Love this bat garland. Thanks for the template, as I will definitely be making this for Halloween. xo

  7. says

    I think it looks great!!! I just decorated our mantle the other day for the first time and I am pretty pleased! I got these skeleton string lights from Garden Ridge, some crow silhouettes from Michaels and my mom gave me some stuff last year that is making it all look pretty eerie! But I want more! And I want to decorate the yard! I'm turning into my mother!!!

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