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

Here's a spooky take on Halloween décor.
credit: Carrie Waller

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.

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.

Bats are a telltale mascot of Halloween, making them the perfect decorative accent.
credit: Carrie Waller

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil

  • Black construction paper

  • Found or store-bought branch

  • Removable double-sided tape or tacky glue

Here's what you'll need to make your DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece.
credit: Carrie Waller

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.

Print and cut the bat template.
credit: Carrie Waller

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.

Trace the template onto black paper.
credit: Carrie Waller

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.

Cut the traced bats out of the black paper and crease.
credit: Carrie Waller

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.

Tape the bats to the branch.
credit: Carrie Waller

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 spooky-yet-sophisticated focal point.
credit: Carrie Waller
This bat-themed centerpiece is perfect for your next Halloween party.
credit: Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.