How to make a bat signal light

Written by jen davis | 13/05/2017
How to make a bat signal light
Summon the caped crusader with your own homemade bat signal light. (Image by Shannon Veerkamp; Flickr.)

Commissioner Gordon shines the bat signal into the night sky when Gotham City needs the help of Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne. You can make your own bat signal light at home as a fun addition to any Batman-themed children's party or as a portable accessory for a fancy dress costume. Making your own bat signal is a fairly simple, fun way to create a must have accessory for the Batman fan in your life.

Place a flashlight or spotlight face down on cardboard. Trace the circular outline of the flashlight face on to the cardboard. Remove the flashlight from the cardboard. You should have the outline of a circle exactly the same size as your flashlight's face on the cardboard. Cut the circle out using scissors or a razor knife.

Sketch the bat symbol directly on to the cardboard. It might take several attempts to get it right, so prepare several cardboard circles. Make sure the tips of the wings touch the outermost part of the circle on either side. Once the bat is completed to your liking, cut it out using the razor knife or scissors.

Place the bat cutout directly on the face of the flashlight, and trim it as necessary to make it fit securely. Use tape to secure the bat symbol to the flashlight. Either stick the tape to the bat and then the side of the flashlight, or fold the tape to form a sticky-side-out circle and place this between the bat symbol and the flashlight. Make sure the bat symbol is securely attached.

Turn on the light. You will be able to see your bat signal, particularly if it's raining or misty.

Things you need

  • Large flashlight or spotlight
  • Bat symbol
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or razor knife
  • Tape

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