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Vampire Bat Specimen Art


I went to a college with a large collection of natural specimens. My comparative anatomy lab even had a mounted lion from a local zoo! The lion wasn’t creepy but the old jars filled with mystery fluid and the drawers of stuffed birds and pinned insects had a touch of full body shudder. I was going for that slightly creepy vibe with this project.

Vampire Bat Specimen Art


  • 2 large bats (mine are from the Dollar Tree)
  • 2 12*12 pieces of wood held together with 2 small hinges (for instructions read my Nativity Background post)
  • Small decorative nails
  • Hammer
  • Black & white paint
  • Sand paper
  • Printer + free file
  • Paper
  • Silhouette
  • Foam squares

Vampire Bat Specimen Art


  1. Chances are your bat is really fake looking, dry brush or spray some matte black paint on it to dull the rubbery shine and repaint the eyes if they are particularity bad
  2. Paint the wooden squares white
  3. Place the bats on the wood, one per side and attach them using the small nails through the wings. These bats had a hole in the chest from a hanging loop so I stuck one more nail there. These are copper-colored and I found them at Lowe’s in the Hardware section. They were left over from my Recycled Wood Witch Hat WreathSilhouette Print & Cut - Vampire Bat Specimen Art
  4. Print the signs on  paper and cut around the border using the silhouette print & cut feature
  5. Attach the signs to the wooden block using two foam squares

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  1. How creative!! Just so you know, your link isn’t good in the graphic for the silhouette challenge. thought you might want to know!
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  2. It is so spooky! Nice work with the print and cut the sigh 🙂
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