DIY: Filigree Bat Necklace with Free Template

Got time for a quick craft before your Halloween festivities? I whipped up this crazy beautiful (in my opinion) filigree bat in Photoshop and made a necklace out of it. Since I am but a poor maker with no fancy equipment such as a laser cutter (which I am still pining for, by the way) - I made do with one of my favorite materials, shrink plastic. 


  • Shrink plastic
  • Template
  • Die-cutter (optional) or
  • X-acto knife

Cut your template - obviously this craft comes together really fast if you have a cutting machine, but you can always cut it by hand (God knows that's what I did before I got my cutting machine). Bake according to the package's instructions. Someone tipped me to use a ceramic tile when baking shrink plastic, and it's true - it gives you great results! I was totally amazed.

Spray paint the bat with your preferred color (in my case, a matte black) and attach your chain. I chose an antique brass colored chain, but I'm still on the border on whether I should've used silver instead, or maybe even a gunmetal gray one. 

Admire your creation (or strut around while wearing it)! I love how it turned out. If you're not feeling the necklace, you can always make smaller ones to wear as trapeze earrings.

Sometimes you just have bad days - I tried to take photos of myself wearing it but I just wasn't feeling the photo session and ended up deleting them all. Do you have days like that?

I am into skulls the most, but I fell in love with this delicate bat right here. Seems like I'm so into delicate  stuff lately -What Halloween 'creature' do you love the most? Don't forget to download your template below and have a scary Halloween! :)


  1. This is so beatiful! Okay, I need to make this right now :) Thanks for the inspiration, it's so sweet!
    - Jessa

  2. I don't know why but I couldn't download it. The picture came up on the screen and when I hit print preview, there was no picture. Sob Sob

    1. That is odd. Maybe download it again and print it via Adobe PDF reader? Hopefully you'll be successful in printing/making it!

  3. Do you have any idea what can be used in place of shrink plastic

  4. This necklace is so lovely ! I'm going to share your post on my french blog : ! ;-)

  5. Amazing! May i ask you which cutting machine did you use?

    1. Thanks! I used my Silhouette Portrait cutter. :)


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