Die Cut Bats

by Bonnie Sharp

Create cute and spooky bats using die cuts.


  • 1/2 sheet black cardstock for each bat
  • Scrap cardstock in orange, green, or purple
  • Classic Oval Nestabilties™
  • Classic Oval Scalloped Nestabilties
  • Standard Circle Nestabilties
  • Star Nestabilities
  • Die cutting machine
  • Glue Dots or other adhesive
  • Twine
  • Googly Eyes (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut the following from black cardstock for each bat:
    - two oval shapes using the largest Classic Oval Nestabilities die
    - two small oval shapes using the smallest Classic Oval Nestabilities die
    - two circle shapes using the third largest Circle Nestabilities die
    - one star shape using the largest Star Nestabilities die

    Die cut the following from colored cardstock or scrap paper for each bat:
    - two scalloped oval shapes using the smallest scalloped oval Nestabilities die

  2. Step 2

    Lay the largest oval scalloped Nestabilties die onto one of the black oval shapes, a little off kilter as show in picture.

    Run it through the die cutting machine to create one wing.

  3. Repeat with other large oval.

  4. Step 3

    Use scissors to cut both orange ovals and small black ovals in half lengthwise and glue black onto orange to create eyes.

  5. Step 4

    Glue two eyes onto each black circle and attach googly eyes if using.

  6. Step 5

    Cut black star straight across as shown to create ears.

  7. Step 6

    Glue on ears to one head and then adhere to both wings.

  8. Step 7

    On back of head, secure twine with glue dots.

  9. Step 8

    Glue other head on to cover up twine.

  10. Step 9

    All finished - tie onto your light fixture.

Questions and Comments

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Bonnie, your bats are awesome. They do look very scary!!!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 4:35 AM
Wicked bats indeed!!!
Way to go, Bonnie!
TexasGrammy  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 9:01 AM
Oh, these are too cute! So creative - thanks for the tutorial!
Kay  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 6:37 PM
Very creepy, yet cute. Very creative cutting.
BeverlyHBL  |  Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 7:31 AM
Ohhh, these may finally get me in the Halloween mood -- it's failed me this year for some reason?! I see your gray bats and they look a bit smaller/different, so going to try to re-create those for some variety in different shades of black/gray! Thanks so much for sharing these!!!
Marge R (mer)  |  Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM
Scary Cute!!! Suggest putting another circle on the back to cover all the "stuff", to give it a more finished look.
Deb  |  Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM
Excellent Bat Style! smile Thanks for sharing!
Susanne  |  Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM
The bats are so cute! This would be a great project with the children!
Elaine Lisle  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 7:04 AM

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