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Hanging Bats

Welcome trick-or-treaters in hair-raising style by turning your front porch into a bat cave.





  1. Step 1

    Print our half-bat template; then fold a piece of thick black paper down the middle, place the template on the fold, and trace. Cut out, and unfold. Use a bone folder to crease wings (and fold opposite the direction of body fold).

  2. Step 2

    Poke holes in the bat for monofilament: in the tail for an upside-down bat, in the wings and head for one that's right side up. Hang from ceiling with painters' tape or removable hooks.



Reviews (35)

  • e alex cleary 12 Oct, 2014

    I think these are so awesome looking! I didn't realize how big they were until I out the three pieces of the template together.. How did everyone resize them? Or for smaller ones did you use the page 1 of the template? I bought standard 8.5x11 black card stock which is way too small for the big one.. Did everyone here use poster board?

  • waterproofbats 4 Aug, 2014

    okay so we tried these bats and they are soo cool! they looks so life like! we have a wonderful place to hang them outside under a roof infront of our door. They looked great in the beginning! Unfortunately, we live in a very humid climate and they started drooping like the next day. We ended just taping them to the door but it didnt look as cool... Any ideas how to make them water/humidity proof?

  • anniestorey 8 Sep, 2014

    how bout cutting out of the foam sheets or laminating bats and cutting out

  • Creole170 20 Sep, 2014

    Hi, I to live in the swamp. I used black poster board and sprayed them with krylon clear polly. we are holding up well.

  • jessymrn 1 Oct, 2012

    Loved this! I cut the templates straight onto glitter cardstock. for a blinged out bat. On others, I just cut them onto plain black cardstock then added silhouette of just wings in glitter cardstock. All different sizes..once template is printed, it's easy to trace out in a variety of sizes.

  • Deborah Lunde 16 Aug, 2012

    I'm thinking posterboard and a spray of clear acrylic?

  • nujtomato 24 Oct, 2011

    These are so easy to make and look terrific. From just two standard pieces of heavy black paper at Michaels I was able to make 4 large bats and 6 small ones. I will hang the large ones on our porch just before our Halloween party. Six of the small ones are hung from our white fireplace mantel, with just a glue dot on one wing for each one. They really stand out. The other two are placed in with other indoor decorations.

  • Bellitalia 23 Oct, 2011

    can't download the hLF-bat TEMPLATE

  • thisgirlluvs2cook 22 Oct, 2011

    These are so cute when finished! I made smaller bats and used heavy black card stock that had a slight glittered sheen to it. Gave my bats some cute bling! I hung them around my rock fireplace mantle. Looked like bats in a cave. Also hung a few throughout the house. Such an easy but cute idea! To adhere them I used those sticky dots you use for scrapbooking. They worked great!

  • echoecho 20 Oct, 2011

    To make these for use outdoors, I'm going to try using black plastic folders, the kind one uses for school assignments ($1 apiece at the dollarstore here in Toronto). The plastic is thin and so cuts easily with regular scissors. I used some of these folders for the stairs mice that are also found in Martha's Halloween decorations, and they work well on the outside steps. I think one can utilize the fold that is already in the folder for the middle of the bat.

  • avalkyrie 19 Oct, 2011

    These are so easy and fun (and strangely addictive). Academy, great idea to make some smaller bats. I just used page one (showing how the following three pages will look when taped together) as the template for the small ones. The size of the bats as intended is about 26 inches by 12 inches. Small bats are 12 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I used poster board from Walgreens and it worked just fine.

  • AcademyAwards 18 Oct, 2011

    I made bats in smaller sizes and hung them. as well. It gives your presentation greater depth and dimension.. Besides, the more bats the better! It looks great.

  • kawibarbi 11 Oct, 2011

    Followed print instructions no problem. About how large will they be when finished?

  • kawibarbi 11 Oct, 2011

    Followed print instructions no problem. About how large will they be when finished?

  • raddish6 8 Oct, 2011

    I used Poster Board for hanging inside for my granddaughter. The instructions were simple and easy and took me about 25 minutes to make four of them with creases and all. So clever to cut using the fold so they really bend like bats. A+++++

  • artist37 8 Oct, 2011

    I used foam felt instead of black paper and it worked great. The bats held up well in damp weather and gave an extra creepiness to the bats. I thought that the directions were well written and easy to follow.

  • Barbarabby 6 Oct, 2011

    Worked out great! Just need to add what size of paper will be needed to actually create the bats.

  • ecorazon 6 Oct, 2011

    I tried to print it but It only says: "404 Not Found nginx"
    I have cleanned my caché,cookies, I have tried with other browsers and have the same problem, If anyone can help me would be great :)

  • Lillianmargaret 4 Oct, 2011

    iam very confused about this bat, the directions are not so good, parts not labeled, just states , tail head etc, iam disapointed , usually much better directions. not sure i can make this with my children......

  • Suewy 4 Oct, 2011

    Whats happened to the print options?

  • hotdotyuki 4 Oct, 2011

    Since the bats hang outside, why don't you use plastic black sheets used for folder covers. It is water proof.

  • rodajc 4 Oct, 2011

    it do not work the template

  • Adasg 4 Oct, 2011

    Foamboard would be perfect. It cuts easily and will last several Halloweens.

  • Helen27 4 Oct, 2011

    Is there something else that would work besides paper? That way they would not wilt in the dampness or have to be hung last minute.

  • raddish6 4 Oct, 2011

    Read the instructions on the template and it will tell you to print out the three pages 100% and then you tape them together with edges overlapping 1/8th inch.

  • raddish6 4 Oct, 2011

    People, clear your cache, the template is there, you click on it and print it out. I just printed it out with no problems.

  • Rikelein 4 Oct, 2011

    help, my computer doesn´t link to the template!

  • doctordiane 2 Oct, 2011

    hey, now i see the template but it doesn't print, i had the same problem with the bat wings harness for my little Boston, help please on two counts!

  • MrsSuz 2 Oct, 2011

    I also have the 404 Sorry not Found Comment.

    Would realy like to have the Bats hanging out in the yard.
    Please, add the Template

  • kiwimonstr 1 Oct, 2011

    I found a book of 12x24 textured cardstock at Hobby Lobby in black and white that fit the template.

  • sandie2020 1 Oct, 2011

    Do you have a source for the heavy black paper, it looks to be a larger size than 12 x 18???

  • lor14 30 Sep, 2011

    same here...trying to download but no success...error..

  • ThePewterTeapot2010 29 Sep, 2011

    I'd love to make these... but I'm also getting an error 404 Not Found.

  • aynot2000 23 Sep, 2011

    I'm trying to download the template and it says 404 Not Found. Can you please check the link to make sure it's working? Thank you!

  • kpinnt 7 Sep, 2011

    Looks great...easy to do....I am really looking forward to making these in different sizes.