DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece That's Easy, Not Cheesy

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a centerpiece made from a found branch and paper bat cut-outs in the middle of a table

Here at Hunker, we love holidays, and Halloween is high on our list. But we admit it: Halloween decorations tend to err on the side of tacky. And while we all have a candy- and costume-loving kid in all of us, when it comes to our homes, we're all about spooky chic decor, like this copper candelabra or eye-catching floral arrangement.

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So, we challenged ourselves to come up with a spirited centerpiece that suits All Hallows' Eve, but is a bit sophisticated, too. Did we succeed with our DIY bat branch centerpiece? We'll let you ghouls be the judges. Details and a free printable bat template below.

a centerpiece made from a found branch and paper bat cut-outs in the middle of a table

Things You'll Need

a bare branch, scissors, black construction paper, tape, a pencil, and bat cut-out templates

Step 1

Download our free printable bat template, and print it onto cardstock. Cut whichever shape out that you'd like to use — we created a small and large bat for you to choose from. For this demonstration, the small bat was used.

scissors and bat cut-out templates

Step 2

Use a pencil to trace the cut bat template onto black construction paper. Repeat for however many bats you'll need, depending on the size of your branch.

a paper bat template, black construction paper, and a pencil

Step 3

Cut the traced bats out of the black construction paper. Crease each one in the center to make them look like they're mid-flight.

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black paper bat cut-outs creased in the middle to look like they're flying

Step 4

Use removable double-sided tape to attach the bats along the length of a found or store-bought branch. If you are okay with permanent attachment, use tacky glue instead of tape.

paper bat cut-outs stuck to a branch with tape

Step 5

Style your finished bat branch centerpiece with other Halloween-themed accents (like these pumpkin-shaped planters) for the perfect spooky-yet-sophisticated focal point at your party.

a centerpiece made from a found branch and paper bat cut-outs in the middle of a table
a centerpiece made from a found branch and paper bat cut-outs in the middle of a table

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