Halloween is right around the corner and this may be your last chance to add to your spooky décor. I came up with a quick and easy last minute decoration that could be added to a Halloween display or wall in your home. Paper bats that were cut from black construction paper are applied to a wall to create a spooky silhouette.


  • Bat Template
  • Black construction paper
  • Coloured pencil ( you can see these on the black paper better than pencil )
  • Scissors  
  • Tape or pins

Bat Wall Mural

Find any bat template that you like online, print it and cut it out. This will be used to create multiple bat shapes from paper. Using inspiration that I found online I freehanded my template until I was happy with the way it looked. I drew it onto a brightly coloured paper so that it could easily be traced. Next, fold the black paper, templates and line up the crease. Draw around the shape with a coloured pencil fitting as many onto one sheet of paper as possible. ( folding and drawing half of the shape will save time )


Cut around your drawn template, unfold and place face down on the table. Do as many or as little as you want, there is no specific amount needed for this decoration. You will then want to apply tape to the back of each bat so that you can fix them to your wall. I used scotch tape but you could use a tape safe for painted walls like masking or painters tape. Since you will be taking these down shortly after Halloween they don't have to be tightly secured to your wall; you want them to stay put but be easily removed without causing damage.


Stick them to your wall in any pattern that you like. I wanted them to all fly the same way so I faced them in the same direction.  We have a light set up in such a way that really neat shadows are cast by the wings of the bats.


Here is another photo with normal lighting. 


Word of the Day: Paper bursting strength

The point to which paper can withstand pressure without breaking. 

Happy Decorating! 

AuthorCamille Pacori