Halloween Crafts: How to make bat garland

Admittedly, I find Martha Stewart to be a bit intimidating. I mean, the woman has a massive media empire, went to jail but came out even stronger, and can craft and cook like nobody’s business. I’m no Martha, that’s for sure, but for Halloween I’m going to try some of her decorating ideas.

First up is garland for the fireplace.



I intended to follow Martha’s instructions to the letter, but was foiled when the craft store didn’t have black tissue paper. Instead, I came up with my own version and I’m quite happy with the results. Here’s how.

You’ll need:

  • Sheets of black card stock
  • Clear tape
  • Bat-shaped cookie cutter
  • Yellow or white colored pencil
  • Scissors
  • Single-hole punch
  • String or ribbon (I used string since I have plenty of it already)


How to Make Halloween Bat Garland

  1. Stack together 3 or 4 sheets of card stock, and use small pieces of tape on all four sides to hold the stack together. This will save you from cutting out a ton of bats.
  2. Trace the cookie cutter using the colored pencil.
  3. Cut out the bats and separate the different layers (the paper may stick together).
  4. Use the hole punch to punch one whole on each wing, close to the edge. Set aside two bats to put at the ends of your garland. Punch a hole in only the right wing of one bat, and only the left wing of the other bat. These are your “end bats”.
  5. Cut several pieces of string to the desired length, depending on how far apart you want the bats to be. Mine were about 4″ long.
  6. Starting with one of the “end” bats that you set aside, run one end of the string through the hole, and the other end through the hole of the next bat and tie a knot.
  7. Continue the process until your garland is the desired length, then finish it off with the other “end” bat.
  8. Trim the string near the knots.
  9. Hang on your mantle.

paper bat garland

The finished result will look like this:

paper bat garland Halloween

There are a few ways that you can modify this:

  • Instead of string, link the bats together with black brads.
  • Incorporate other Halloween shapes, like pumpkins on orange card stock or ghosts on white card stock.

This was a very easy project to do while watching TV one night after work. The whole process took less than an hour.


  1. Very cute! I’d also imagine that with the cardstock the garland will be sturdier and more likely to make it to next Halloween.

  2. Very cute, love the way it looks!

  3. It looks great!


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