It’s that time of year again! I love decorating for the holidays and this year I have a Cricut, which has made life so much easier! Truth be told, last year for Christmas I hand cut over 100 Poinsettias to hand in my house, it took me about 10 hours to do…. now that I have a Cricut, that task will take be about an hour! The Cricut paid for itself so quickly in my studio that I’ve never had a second thought about buying it!
In this post I am going to give you a few freebies to create your own Batty wall! It’s super easy and I am going to label the steps for you below!
These steps are for people who have a Cricut (and a general knowledge of how to use it), I know there are other similar products (like the silhouette) where the steps are probably similar but I am unfamiliar with that tool and wouldn’t be able to give you step by steps for those.
Cricut Explore Air 2 or a basic Cricut would do the trick too but I’m not sure if the user interfaces are different
Bat Images (Below)
Cricut Cutting Mat
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD BAT JPGS
The easiest way to do this is to drag the below images onto your desktop.
STEP 2: LAUNCH CRICUT DESIGN SPACE IN YOUR BROWSER
Launch your Cricut design space and select “New Project”. From here select “Upload” on the bottom left (circled in red in the image below).
STEP 3: UPLOAD BAT IMAGES
Click “Upload here” and insert one of the Bat Jpgs, either drag and drop it in or select it from your desktop. Then follow the images below…..
Select simple and continue..
Then you are going to need to remove the background with the magic tool (not sure if that’s it’s technical name haha). Then click with your mouse in the gray space and Waaaa LA! The background has been removed when you see the checkered blue and white background.
Click continue. In the next window you are going to select a cut image (since I used black paper, I didn’t need to print out the bats, only needed to cut them - feel free to make them any color your choose with paper options!). After you select “cut image” click next and you will be back in your library of images.
Now select your image from your library and click “insert images” in the bottom right.
Now you have got your bat on your artboard, yeah!
Here you can copy and paste this same bat multiple times to get lots of cut outs on your Cricut mat, or you can go back and upload some of those other bat images I provided and follow the steps above.
STEP 4: PRINT BATS
Once you have your page set up how you want it to print the bats, select “Make it” (the bright green button in the top right hand corner).
Make sure your Cricut dial is set on the correct material, for me I used the setting “Light cardstock” as I used black light cardstock.
Then follow your Cricuts promptings and let your Cricut to the rest!
If you’d like a little extra Halloween magic, here is “Hocus Pocus” written out in calligraphy for you to use how you’d like! I just ask that you use for personal use only, no commercial use please :) I kept the words separate so you can have freedom to play with the sizing of each word. You can cut these out of vinyl and put “hocus pocus” on your favorite coffee mug, or do paper cut outs, whatever you dream up!
Make sure to tag me on Instagram at @LavenderAndSea I would love to see what you create!