I needed a centerpiece for my mantel so I created this DIY bat art. I wanted something that was large and somewhat unique.
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For my mantel this year, I wanted to do something special and different, but I didn’t want to spend any money. So I got to work creating everything I might need.
I was cruising Pinterest for some ideas for my mantel this year, and came across some artwork of bats flying. It was perfect and I wanted to do my own spin on it.
DIY Bat Art for Mantel
I had John cut the plywood for me at 16″ by 20″. We could have gone a little bit bigger. I kind of wish we had as it’s a little smaller than I was hoping.
I spray painted the plywood black and then went to go print out bats while the spray paint dried. First, I went into photoshop to create the layout that I liked for the bats.
Then I printed out all the different sized bats, cut them out, and taped them onto the black plywood. This is where I messed up. The bats weren’t taped down well enough.
So when I spray painted the white spray paint, it went under the bats in some places. The white also didn’t fully cover the black plywood, but I didn’t want to spray paint too much and ruin the bats.
I carefully pulled the bats off, let it dry, and then came back out with some black acrylic paint and touched up the bats.
Then I realized I loved the way the white looked over the black. It looked like the bats were flying through the night sky!
- Spray paint the 16"x20" plywood black.
- While spray paint is drying, cut out bats in all different sizes.
- Tape bats onto the black plywood, once dry.
- Spray paint the white spray paint over bats.
- Peel up bats while spray paint is still wet.
- Touch up bats with black acrylic paint if necessary.
I put the bat art on my mantel and love it so much!