DIY Halloween Bat

I started working on this DIY Halloween Bat about two weeks ago, and I’m so relieved it’s done because I came close to giving up a few times. Figuring out how to make it hang properly gave me more than a few grey hairs. Check out this pile of dead bat prototypes.

I recently had someone steal one of my older designs and sell it as their own. All the hours you put in creating something and for someone to callously copy it and then make money from it is just about enough to make me feel like quitting. I contacted them and asked them nicely to remove the item from their shop, and lucky for me they did it without a fight. I will never understand how someone can do that and still sleep at night, but unfortunately it happens all the time.

Back to bats…last year my 8 year old son told me I should design bats for Halloween, and I mumbled and sighed about it and told him I just didn’t have time and there were already so many bats out there. This year he asked me again and with the pandemic putting me in a different mindset, I thought: why the heck not?? This CHILD who is normally obsessed with video games is taking interest in my work so the least I can do is take his suggestion.

So this is the bat I came up with. Actually this is the bat we came up with together. The original bat had it’s mouth closed and my son sat with me while I was working on this bat and told me it would look scarier if I gave it an open mouth with fangs. He was right. And now he’s claiming 30% on all profits from this bat. I agreed to the 30% but I made him work for it by being my hand model in my photos.

This bat is pretty easy to make because you don’t need glue like my other designs. After it’s cut, you can probably make one bat in 5 minutes or less. You’ll really want to make more than one bat though because they look fantastic hanging together in a group.

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Here is a link to purchase the Flying Bat DIY bundle. Follow along with the tutorial below when you’re ready to make your bat.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Materials:

Cutting Machine
Cardstock Paper
Double Sided Tape with Lining
X-acto knife or any sharp point
Clear String
Scissors

Here are the instructions on how to create your bat…

Step 1: Cut two bat cutouts

With your cutting machine, cut out two bats. In your cut file, you’ll see 2 bats which are mirror images of each other.

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Bat cutouts

Step 2: Attach double-sided tape to one bat

Your bats should each have a dotted line cut at the base of their wings. Starting with one bat, reinforce this line by folding the wing in any direction. This will help with placement of the double-sided tape.

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Dotted line at base of wing

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Reinforce the wing fold line by folding dotted line

Place one piece of tape along the fold line, then place two more tape pieces on the bat’s neck and face.

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Apply tape beneath wing and on head area

Step 3: Attach second bat

Take your second bat and align it on top of the first, making sure they’re exactly aligned.

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Align second bat on top of first bat

Once bats are aligned, hold down the bat’s head while lifting up the bat’s body to reveal the tape underneath. With your X-acto knife or any sharp object, peel off the tape liner. Then press down to secure.

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Peel off tape liner

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Press down to secure bats together

Now open up the bat’s head to reveal the other two pieces of tape and remove the liners on both of them. Press down to secure.

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Remove liners from tape on bat’s head and neck area

Step 4: Attach back of wings to legs

Before we do this step, have a look at your bat’s legs and notice the notches on each leg. This is the area we’ll be working with in this step. The notches will help you with attaching the back of the wings to the legs.

This step may seem difficult because of how long it is, but I think it will help if you read through it first before starting. Once you read it through you’ll see it’s pretty simple.

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Notches on bat’s legs

On the tail end of each wing you’ll notice there are small rectangles. Cut out two pieces of double sided tape and place them on each rectangle. After you’ve placed tape on one rectangle, flip your bat over to place tape on the rectangle of the other wing.

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Place double-sided tape on small rectangle at tail end of wing

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Flip bat over and place double-sided tape on rectangle of other wing

Before you do anything else with this tape, open the bat’s wings by pressing on the shoulder area. You will be pulling on the wings a little in the next steps and this will make the wings more flexible.

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Open the bat’s wings and press down on the shoulders

Now with your bat’s head facing to the left, remove the tape liner on the one rectangle.

Remove tape liner

Now open the legs of the bat up, because you’re just working with the bat that’s in front. Take the rectangle and pull it down and behind the notch on the leg, without attaching it yet. Pull down and rotate the rectangle so that the top edge of the rectangle is parallel to the angle of the bat’s legs (see second image below).

Pull rectangle down and behind notch on leg

Rotate rectangle so it’s top edge is parallel to angle of leg edge.

Once you have the two edges parallel (as best you can), lower the rectangle down behind the notch until it completely disappears behind leg, but don’t stick it to the leg yet. At the same time make sure the notch is approximately center to the black bar on the wing, which we will call the “Wing Band”. As soon as the rectangle disappears, and you have the notch centered to the Wing Band, press the rectangle onto the leg.

Press the rectangle onto leg, making sure it’s completely hidden behind leg.
Use the notch as a guide to center the “Wing Band”.

This is how it should look behind the leg. Notice the top edge of the rectangle is just below the leg’s edge.

Turn the bat over and repeat with the rectangle on the other leg. When you’re done, the two rectangles should be “hidden” on the insides of the bat’s legs.

You should be able to see the two rectangles on the inside of the legs when you open them up.

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Bat with wings attached

Step 5: Tie string to bat

Your bat assembly is now done. At this point if your bat’s wings have closed up, you can open them up again by pressing on the shoulders. Make sure you don’t fold the “Wing Band”.

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If your wings are closed up like the bat above, open them all the way up by pressing on the shoulders.
Do not fold the Wing Band.

Next take your string and loop it through the two hanging notches.

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Loop your string through the two hanging notches

Tie your first knot, making sure the knot sits in the crevice.

Make sure your knot is sitting in the crevice of the hanging notch.

Tie two more knots if you’re using nylon string—I find three knots (in total) to be more secure than two. If you’re using different string then two knots may be enough.

If you’re using nylon string, give the string a gentle tug when you’re done tying the knots to straighten it out. Nylon string tends to hang to one side because the knot is so bulky it pushes the string over. Give it a few tugs until it hangs straight. If you can’t get it to straighten it’s ok. It may cause your bat to hang lopsided but you can adjust the wings to fix this.

Nylon string with three knots

Step 6: Open bat’s ears

Using your fingers, bend open each of the bat’s ears.

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Curl the bat’s ears open with your fingers

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Bat’s ears opened

Step 7: Add red to bat’s eye (optional)

Cut a piece of red cardstock that is a little bigger than the bat’s eye. With your X-acto knife, or any small flat point, push the red paper between the bat’s head. If you enter from between the ears it’ll be easier to get between the two heads.

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Insert red paper between bat’s ears

Once you get the red piece in, move it down to the eye until the eye is completely red. Make sure you’re using a flat object to push it down so you’re not separating the two heads. The red piece should stay in place without any tape or glue.

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Slide red paper down to eye until it completely fills in eye

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And you’re done! When you hang your bat, you can adjust the wings if it’s lopsided. You can even curl your bat’s wings down like in the image below and it should still hang nicely. Play around with the wings until you’re happy with the angle that the bat is hanging. I spent a lot of time making sure this bat design hangs properly, but it comes down to string type and whether or not the wings are opened up evenly.

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Curl bat’s wings for a different look

I hope you enjoy my DIY Halloween Bat! Tag me on Instagram at @chaivdesign so I can see how you use your bats!

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