Using a Cutting Machine

If you want to use your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, download the file below. It has all three pieces sized correctly to be cut on a piece of 12x24 light chipboard.

Upload the file and double check to be sure it's sized correctly in your cutting machine's design software. It should be about 9" wide and 22" high. 

On my Cricut, I selected "Light Chipboard" as the material. 

Heavy materials like chipboard can be tricky to cut since they don't like to stay stuck to your cutting mat. A couple tips for greater success:

  • Cut about 1" off both edges of your chipboard so it's 11x23. Press it down into the center of your mat so there's about 1/2 of space on all sides.
  • Put a piece of blue painter's tape along the edges of the chipboard and into that 1/2" gutter you just made. This will really help keep it from moving.

Since you trimmed the chipboard, be sure to center the design in the software or you may end up misaligned and cut off part of your design.

Cutting By Hand

Download the patterns below. These are sized to print on letter-sized paper. Print two copies of part 1 to get a complete pattern.

Cut the patterns out with scissors or a utility knife and trace around them onto your chipboard. Cut the chipboard on the cut lines.

With either method, you should end up with three pieces -- the bat body with wings, the front body without wings, and a rectangle spacer.

Now it's time to decorate your bat! Use spray paint, glitter, sequins, pipe cleaners, candy corn, or any other spooky Halloweeny craft materials to make your bat unique.

This guide was first published on Oct 28, 2020. It was last updated on Oct 28, 2020.

This page (Bat Body) was last updated on Jan 19, 2021.

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