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Eco-Friendly Flying Bats Craft

Oct 14, 2016
Scarlet Paolicchi

bat crafy for kids out of toilet paper rolls painted black

Crafts are fabulous for engaging kids — letting them express their creativity, and helping them build their confidence as they see what they can make by themselves. This eco-friendly craft is great because they can use these super cute flying bats to decorate their front porches or entryways for Halloween. All you need is toilet paper roles and a few other basic supplies you probably already have around the house.


  • Toilet paper tube rolls
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Colorful paper scraps (to be used for eyes)
  • Black marker
  • Hole punch
  • Fishing line or embroidery thread


Measure out the black construction paper in order to to cover your tube. Cut out the rectangle (about 4x5.5 inches, but may vary based on your tube) and glue it to the tube to make the body of the bat.

woman painting toilet rolls black

Next, you will make the bat wings. Use a pencil to sketch a wing, using a picture from the internet as a guide, if needed. Cut two identical wings with an extra ½ inch at the base to provide an area to glue to the tube.

black card board cut out of bats

Cut out a square and shape it into a bat head with pointy bat ears from the extra scraps around the wings. Glue to body.

how to photo assembling bat craft

Now, you can decorate your bat with eyes, a nose and mouth. We just did the eyes, but you can give it your own look by using whatever combo of face parts, shapes and colors you like. I used the black marker to add pupils to the eyes.

bat made out of paper towel

Now your toilet paper tube bat is done. To make it a flying bat, simply hole punch the tube opposite from the face and tie on some fishing line. You could also hole punch a wing, if you prefer a sideways flying bat.

The bats can be used on a mantle without the flying string. With the flying string, the paper tube bats are great for decorating trees and your front porch or railing.

bat decorations on front porch

I think your kids will love this flying bat craft. It is easy enough for toddlers but fun enough for older kids too. You may also be interested in this Halloween collage craft.  

Do your kids love to craft?

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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