Halloween Decor: Paper Bat Swarm

DSC_1122DSC_1136I’m a little behind on Halloween decorations this year, so this weekend I upped my game to get ready for our Halloween party this Friday. First up, I made this paper bat swarm in the corner of our living room with a combination of bats stuck to the wall and bats hanging from the ceiling. When it’s dark, it creates spooky shadows on the wall and when it’s light, well, it still creates spooky shadows on the wall.

This one’s pretty easy, and all you need is:

  • Several large pieces of black construction paper (way cheaper than cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumb tacks

First, fold each piece of paper in half. This makes the bat more symmetrical. Then sketch out half of the bat or, if you feel more comfortable, print out a stencil and trace it on to the paper. When you have at least ten bats, begin folding their wings to give them that “in flight” look. For mine, I folded down the very middle of the bat and twice down each wing, meeting at the wing tips.

DSC_1118DSC_1130DSC_1128Use double sided tape to adhere several of the bats to the wall, placing them facing upward so they look like they are flying. Tape toward the middle of the bat to allow the wings to show their shape.

Use a sharp point like a safety pin to poke holes in the middle fold of several of the other bats’ wings. Thread the end of the fishing line through the hole and tie several knots on the underside of the wing to hold it. Allow about 1-2 feet of line before cutting it. Do the same on the other wing and tie both ends of line securely to a clear thumbtack. You can also tie them separately, but I found it easier to hang with only one thumb tack per bat.

That’s all there is too it! Happy Halloween!

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