‘Tis the season to decorate your home with all things spooky and scary! Today I am sharing how you can create dimensional bat silhouettes to add a touch of Halloween to your home. Using a fun product most often used to create elaborate costumes, I made creepy 3D bats that are perfect for your Halloween decor. Keep reading to learn how to make your own HeatForm Halloween Bats.
Supplies needed to make HeatForm Halloween Bats:
- Scissors or digital cutting machine
HeatForm is a very cool new product that I know you will want to try for yourself. The thermoplastic sheets are rigid like regular plastic until you heat them with a hairdryer or heat gun. While the product is hot, you can mold the sheets into whatever shape you choose. When the HeatForm cools, the product becomes rigid again and the new shape is locked in place! Similar products are very popular with costumers and cosplay artists, as the product is fantastic for making custom costume pieces.
Even though HeatForm is sturdy, it can still be cut with regular scissors. I cut this simple bat silhouette out using small craft scissors, but you can also use a utility knife or digital cutting machine. Cutting by hand is the less expensive and less time-consuming method, but your results will be less precise than those made with a cutting machine. The tool you use for your project is totally up to you.
I made two more bats using my digital cutting machine. I used a strong grip cutting mat and a knife blade and set my Cricut Maker to cut heavy chipboard. The machine made twenty passes over the material to cut out the shapes, which took nearly an hour.
The process was definitely time-consuming, but the results are perfect. Choose the cutting method that works the best for you!
After I cut out the bat shapes, it was time for the fun part! I created a make-shift jig to add shape to my bats. I set the HeatForm bats on top of two large glasses, then heated the HeatForm with a hairdryer. The product became soft and pliable, so I was able to drape it over the glasses to create the illusion that the wings are in motion. One of the many cool things about HeatForm is that if you don’t like the way your project looks after you have molded it, you can reheat it and start over!
Since this HeatForm was already black, it was perfect for these spooky silhouettes. You can paint HeatForm though, so if you want to add more details to your bats you can!
Finally, I needed to create a hole in the HeatForm so I could hang my finished bats. I heated the tip of a needle with a lighter and carefully pushed it through the HeatForm. This created a perfect hole through which I could thread a line of monofilament.
My creepy Halloween bats were finished and ready to be hung by their invisible strings. Hang these by your front door to startle trick or treaters this Halloween!
Jessica Hill is the creative mind behind the blog, Mad in Crafts. For nearly 9 years, Jessica has shared crazy good creativity from her Mad House to yours. When she’s not creating, Jessica loves the Detroit Tigers, craft beer, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.