Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, but after an epic bout as Wayne & Garth with my elementary school BFF, my love for Halloween faded a bit. But for some reason, this year I feel excited all over again. I covered our front porch in pumpkins, I’m making plans to dress up as my favorite TV character, and I feel the urge to break out some last-minute Halloween crafts to get our house ready. Thankfully, Erica Loesing at Yes Ma’am came through with a great holiday decoration that embraces my favorite Halloween theme: bats! If you want to add a little Halloween flair to your space before the holiday, after the jump you’ll find a template and the full how-to! Best wishes for a safe and happy Halloween for everyone celebrating! See you on Monday– xo, grace
Photos by Heidi Geldhauser
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Note: I use black craft foam since it is basically weatherproof, and I can reuse the bats year after year. It’s also nice that it gives the bats a little bit of depth. But you could use black paper or so many other materials, too! –Erica, Yes M’am
This is one of my favorite decorating projects for one of my favorite holidays. I always have folks asking how it’s done, and it’s so incredibly simple and fun!
Step 1: Download the bat graphics and print them out. (I like to print them at different sizes and orientations to get as much variety as possible.)
Step 2: There are two ways you can get the bats transferred onto the foam: Once you print the bats, you can either cut them out and trace them, or you can use transfer paper and a pencil. I have found that some foams are resistant to the tracing paper. For the foam I am using here, I used a chalk marker to trace the bats, but you can use anything that will make a mark on the foam.
Step 3: Once you have your bats drawn, cut them out with scissors. The foam cuts incredibly easily. I don’t even try to be super fussy here and instead choose the side with the markings as the back.
Step 4: Apply the mounting adhesives to the backsides of each bat (I try to be pretty liberal here so I don’t risk having them fall down), and stick them to your surface.
It’s that easy! (Our house is painted brick, and I have done this project for years, yet I have never had an issue with these adhesives falling off or removing the paint when I take them down after Halloween.)
Hope you enjoy + Happy Halloween!
Photos by Heidi Geldhauser