Thursday, September 29, 2011

How To - Living Room Gone Batty

I've missed you all!! I'm back from Phoenix (photos to come soon!) and I craved some serious crafting. I needed to add another Halloween something or other to my living room, my All Hallows Eve banner was beginning to look so lonely!

I read the latest issue of Martha a couple times during my 12 hours of plane time last week.  She did so many things with simple black silhouette images around the house. So off of that inspiration, I also found great ideas on Pinterest (my pins are here!) with flying bats all over the walls. I had to do it....

Here's a little how-to 

Step 1: find a bat template that fits your style (use google image search). Or just make your own. I spent too much time searching for a half-bat print out when all I needed to do was free hand a pair of wings. Oh well. 

print out or cut out some half-bats
fold your black paper in half, and trace the bat wing
Step 2: Fold your paper in half, so you have half the tracing and half the cutting. Think, trying to draw/cut a heart when you were in first grade. Why were hearts so difficult to draw? Drove me crazy.

Step 3: After tracing as many bats as you want, get to cutting! With this project, I think you need to go all out or else it won't look how you want it. Give yourself a few hours, maybe during your significant others' favorite sporting event (curling?) and get in the zone. 

cut! Don't feel constrained to only black paper!
Step 4:  I knew all that blue painters tape I bought for Hurricane Irene would come in handy at some point. Rip of your pieces, and roll em up, and stick em to the back of every single one of your loverly batties...

Step 5:  Arrange around your room! Have fun!


I made my batties look like they were coming in through one door and then leaving out a side window. Don't be worried about placing them on top of paintings or other decorations, it's just painters tape! And real life bats wouldn't give a freak where they landed inside your house (we had one chill out on our computers, so cute).

Night shot!
Have fun!! Give yourself some free time and go for it. Use whatever papers you want, or maybe try another spooky animal other than bats. If you have an electronic cutting machine, I think doing this with spiders and spider webs would look pretty festive.

<3 Rachel w k
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  1. Wow, love all those bats!! They're so festive and fun and you made so many of them! They look AWESOME!! Hope you're having a Halloween party!!

  2. lol!! Donna, I have never had a halloween party but the more I decorate the house, I more I feel like I just NEED to have one!

  3. I love those bats but after having a real one in the house a few years ago, I think I would freak myself out every time I walked in the room :)
    Very festive!!

  4. How fun!!! My daycare kiddos would love this idea!!! Saw this over at You Had Me at Craft!!

  5. I like it. Not sure if I would have the patience to do all that. My hats off to you!

  6. This is awesome!

  7. love it!!! How creative.. I would LOVE for you to link it to my Pin Inspirational Thursday Linky pweease.. :)) PS:officially following ya with smiles..:))

  8. I have got to do this! seriously I love it. it looks awesome. Good job. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW