Introduction

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©Brittni Mehlhoff

Brittni Mehlhoff

Go Batty

Customize your entry with frightful bats or whatever spooky shapes and Halloween phrases you would like.

Step 1

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Lay Out Tape

Lay pieces of painter’s tape that are about 8 inches long, one on top of another, slightly overlapping. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

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Draw Your Bats

Use a marker or pencil to draw a small or medium-sized bat silhouette directly onto the sheet of painter’s tape. If you don’t feel comfortable drawing freehand, look online for bat shapes or other shapes, like pumpkins or cats.

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Reverse Stenciling

Carefully peel up the sheet of tape and cut out the bat silhouette. This will be your reverse stencil. Make more bats in various sizes until you have the desired amount.

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Arrange Your Bats

Stick each bat to the plain doormat in an interesting pattern or design. Push the tape down firmly to make sure it sticks to the mat.

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Time to Paint

To ensure that the mat will not become hard and crusty and that the bats will keep their shape, use textile paint. Brush it on in short up-and-down strokes to make sure that the shapes stay sharp and crisp. Note: A specialty spray paint made for textiles may also work for this project if you have a time crunch. But keep in mind that the reverse-stenciled bats may not be as crisp as if you were using a brushed-on paint.

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Peel Off

When the doormat is completely painted and dry, remove the tape to reveal the final bat shapes. Touch up any areas that may need it with additional paint, and then spray with clear sealant before using.