Homemade Halloween Decorations: Easy to Make Bat Branches in a Vase

Post Updated: 8/14/2021

How to make homemade halloween decorations like these easy to make Bat Branches in less than 30 minutes.

Bats made from ribbons tied to branches for Halloween decor

You only need a few items to make them. Placed in vase, this spooky, but pretty homemade Halloween decoration will get everyone in your family in the Halloween spirit.

How to Make Bat Branches to Decorate Your Home for Halloween

Fresh flowers in a vase on Halloween usually look too pretty and not scary or spooky enough when you want to decorate your home for Halloween.

Bat branches are the perfect decoration to swap out for flowers for Halloween or to make for a table centerpiece for a Halloween party.

  • Cut branches from trees or shrubs in your yard with a pair of garden shears or lopers.  I used Burning bush. (Euonymus alatusin)
  • Fill a vase with foam and wedge end of branches into foam. Spread the branches evenly in the vase.
  • Cover the foam with acorns, fall leaves, or shredded straw.
  • Tie a piece of black ribbon (about 6″)into a double knot to branches evenly around the branches.
  • Make two dots with white puffy paint for eyes.

A fun and easy Halloween decorating idea for kids of all ages.


Aren’t they cute?


Bat branches a very easy homemade halloween decoration that can be made in a single vase as shown here or take it to the next level and fill two or more vases and line them up on a table, mantel or sideboard to create more impact.

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  1. Daniel Serrano says:

    Amazing Post! I am very happy to see that post because it provides more information that help to me in my task.i am very thankful to you.I am very excited for your next post.

  2. Norma Rolader says:

    As usual you have done a beautiful job and thank you for the info for the bat branches so cute

  3. I found your blog today when it was featured on the Southern Hospitality blog. Lovely designs, great ideas, super pictures. I’ll be on the hunt for another old window to set up in front of my fireplace and I have an old bi-fold door that is now screaming for casters. I’m a new fan!

  4. You have the cutest ideas!!

    In the Fall Home Tour: Part 1, you had a book display that you said you would do a tutorial and free printable on… Could you post that one, please?

    Thanks for sharing all of your creativity!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Terri – Thanks for your patience. It will be posted later tonight :-)

  5. Kris Mednikov says:

    Great home tour!! FYI, the “pumpkins on a stick” branches by your tv can be planted. Just pop the seeds out and plant in a sunny spot of your garden, by mid summer you will have enough “pumpkins on a stick” to share with all your friends.

  6. Hi Diane, I’ve loved your fall home tour so far! I’ve been dying to get the printable for the book covers you featured last week. Did I miss it or is that coming up?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      You did not miss it, I just had a lot of posts backed up that I needed to get posted last week – I will be posting the book tutorial and printable this week.

  7. I love the wall behind your front door. Is it stencil or wallpaper? You have a warm and lovely home.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Donna – It is a stencil from Royal Designs Studio. Pattern is Allover: Marrakesh large

  8. I just love the little turtle guy and the fact that it opens is even sweeter! I am stealing your “bat idea” for my grandkids. Every year I have an annual Halloween Party. They are getting a little older and can do more crafts so I think they will be able to do this one just fine. Great post!

  9. The bat ribbons are seriously genius as well as adorable!

  10. Julie Blanner says:

    Beautiful, Diane!

  11. Diane- what a beautiful home! My mom used to do the same thing and now each time I go home for the Holidays, I have the same look of pure delight on my face when I see all of her seasonal decor up! Pinning the darling bat branches…what a fun project with kiddos!

  12. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Your home looks great all decked out for Fall, Diane. I like to keep it simple and natural, too. Although, next week I will bring out a few little Halloween decorations to add in for the month of October. I like that bat project. I think my granddaughter would get a kick out of that.

  13. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile says:

    Beautiful home tour! I love the simple fall touches you added throughout and love the bats you added to those branches. So clever!

  14. love your home and your super creative ideas! the bats on the branches are awesome!!!

  15. Sharon Hoham says:

    Wonderful as always!

  16. I am DYING over those little bats! That’s so clever and cute. Your whole tour is beautiful, but so fun and I am so grateful you joined in!

  17. We have the same turtle , my children also played with it. I’m not sure where ours came from. My late husband had it when we were married. It was used to burn incense.(back in the day) My grandchildren now play with it.

  18. Your little bats are adorable!

  19. Jenn @ My Fabuless Life says:

    Beautiful! As always! I love your style and that bat idea is ADORABLE!

  20. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    Everything is lovely! I love the bat branches! I’m pinning…

  21. Crazy cute idea to make the bats in the trees with ribbon. Love all decor…and bought the same bathmat for a gift for my daughter…she loves this style!

  22. Erin @ Indigo House says:

    I felt relaxed just “walking” through your home. It is so lovely and well thought out and put together. All of your simple, subtle touches are like the icing on a cake. I love the bats in the branches! I’ll have to try that one day when my kiddos are at school.

    Heading to see Part I of your tour right now!

  23. Beautiful Fall decor. I love it all. Wondeful touches all over.

    Have a great day Diane.


  24. Just perfect! I really always admire your style.

  25. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Those little bat branches are adorable. I think I have to do this too! And my parents have the same turtle but in silver. I have to look for it next time I go home.
    Your house is so pretty!