Bats!

Well, it’s officially raining pumpkin in my inbox. You guys are amazing! I asked for pumpkin and I got pumpkin. Seriously? My thighs are growing with each email I open. I’ll probably have pick my top three and go from there. But who knows, we have a month and a half till Thanksgiving! Yummy. Many thanks for sharing your recipes!

And speaking of rain….or the sky….or things that are spooky and fall-like….here’s what my kids woke up to this morning….
Hundreds of little bats, making their way into our kitchen,
checking out our pumpkin,
and making us all smile (if bats can really do that).
We’re simply batty over here!
Too much? Okay.

So, I don’t usually decorate for Halloween, as in the creepy coffins and skeletons kind of way.  But I was inspired by this idea on Country living.  And I tried it out.  And I loved it so much, I’m sharing the steps with you!

It’s very easy to do:

• First download a free template HEREThen print the page from your home computer, cut it out, and now you have a pattern piece.

• Use  black cardstock or construction paper. I found a packet of all-black cardstock (50 sheets) at Walmart for $4.

* Fold the cardstock/paper in half and lay the bat template “on the fold” as indicated on the template.
* Cut out your bats! Don’t bother with tracing–that takes way too long. Just hold the pattern on there as you cut. Doesn’t need to be exact.
When you’re done you have these cool little guys!  I cut out about 100 bats
And if you spend a couple hours at the park cutting while the kids play, then you have even more to hang on the outside of your house.
Now if I had a really cool outdoor exterior like some of those homes on Country Living, my bats would be superstars. But they’re still pretty fun, leading up to our door. I need another hour at the park to cut out more, so they fly all the way up to the door.
When you’re done cutting, hang them up by applying a small piece of scotch tape or double-stick tape on the back. If you’re hanging them outside, use duct tape.

NOTE: our outdoor bats are starting to sag a bit today (I put them up last night) and I’m not sure if it’s the Texas humidity or they just don’t last long in general (outside). Laminated paper would be perfect but sheesh. Who wants to do that much work?

The inside bats, however, are still going strong and look great.
Arrange them in any fashion you like. Bats usually fly in a stream, following each other.
And if you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that we’re known for our Bats!!

A year ago before we moved here, Casey and I were downtown hanging out on a dock by the river and just happened to glance up to this amazing site:
Every night around dusk, millions of bats emerge from under the Congress Bridge (where they’ve been chirping and hiding all day. Gross) and they fly off to find food. They follow each other in a stream like this for an hour! It’s truly an amazing site; I’ve never seen anything like it.
What I’d like to know is, which bat is the first one to yell out “go time!” I’m sure the hundreds of spectators waiting for them to fly out would like to know so we can plan our evening a little better.
Who knew bats could look so pretty?
Especially at night, by candlelight.
Enjoy your bat sightings!
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  1. I just wanted to thank you for posting this! I actually made the bats for last Halloween and they were a HUGE hit. I liked them so much I’ve decided to just keep them up permanently. I gave them Christmas hats for the month of December and I am planning on making them hearts for Valentines Day.
    This is how they turned out: http://saltanatlas.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-favorite-holiday.html and this is what they look like with hats: http://saltanatlas.blogspot.com/2012/01/bats-with-hats.html

    Anyways, thanks again!

    • 2) Phoebe

      Sooo cute.!
      I’m also going to try making a mobile: With thin needle and black thread make handing loops at slightly different lengths, putting the thread in different places on the bat, head, wings, back so they hang differently Use thin silver wire that can be twisted a little. Hang the bats at different heights on a wire and hang it up. Usually the air will be enough so the mobile slowly moves. Creepy!

  2. 3) Rebecca Miller

    I love this so much, I’m working on it now! I was also wondering where you got the template for the smaller bat? Thanks!

  3. We’re doing this this year. The kids wanted to put them outside too…but it gets SUPER windy where we live. Not an option. :) Thanks for the idea.

  4. I just love this post! It is all over pinterest, by the way! Anyway, I linked to you on my blog because this is such a cute, fun project! Like you, I don’t go in for the creepy, gross decorations so prevalent at Halloween, but this is different! And it looks like real bats! Thanks for posting!

    ~pam

  5. Doing these with the girls this morning. I love how simple they look both to make and on the wall. Thanks for sharing.

    Kimberly

  6. 11) melody

    perhaps if you spray your bats with cheap dollar store hairspray the Texas humidity won’t affect them as much,( like water proofing).
    I think I’ll try making a wire circle and hang some as a mobile on strings that get longer as they go around, so they look like they are following each other in flight. I’ll probably glue 2 together with the string sandwiched between to give them more body. Tie 3or4 strings into a split ring attached to the circle to suspend it. Thanks for the cute idea

    • 12) melody

      Also thought of foam core board you can get at the Dollar stores .its usually 24×36 they would probably last well outside

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  8. 14) Tina

    I was unable to view the bat template from your link. It opens up to Country Living but the template isnt there. Help!

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  10. Thanks for posting these! I tried your paper bats and they turned out great. Love your site!

  11. 18) Grace

    Just a thought – because it’s what I’m doing – make your outdoor bats out of black felt. It’s not quite as cheap as card stock, but it holds up really well in the elements.

    LOVE your bats!! They will be flying all over my house this Halloween. :)

  12. I love the way you decorated and took photos of the bats on the wall! Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love this idea & thanks for the template. :) When I saw them outside, I was thinking, “She must not live in the eastern part of Texas with all our humidity!” I’m in Houston. 😉 I’d love to put these on my porch, but it looks like I’d have to do it Saturday morning before the kids get here for our Halloween party :)

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  15. 23) Jessica Vang

    Hi, I would love to feature this fun craft in our bi-monthly newsletter for our fall edition! I work in a little dental office and have a fun newsletter we send out to our patients. If it is ok I am going to have this be a part of it! all credit and links will be given of course! if you have questions of comments please send me an email!

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