Hanging Bat Craft for Kids with Bat Wing Template

Here’s a simple hanging bat craft for kids using empty toilet paper rolls. These adorable cardboard tube bats are a great way for kids to help decorate for fall or Halloween. They also make a great activity to go with the children’s book, Stellaluna! (Free bat wing template is provided.)

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Perfect Halloween craft for kids! (Hanging Bat Craft~ BuggyandBuddy.com)


We’ve been having so much fun decorating for fall! Recently we made these tear art fall wreaths, and now we have some hanging bats to add to our fall decorations. These bats are super simple to make and have the added fun element of being able to hang.  (This post contains affiliate links.)

This post was originally published on September 17, 2014 and has since been updated.


Halloween Craft for Kids: Hanging Bat Art Project using cardboard tubes! Fun for fall and makes a great addition to the children's book Stellaluna! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Hanging Bat Craft for Kids

Materials for Bat Craft


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How to Make the Bat Craft

1. Paint your cardboard tube either black or brown (depending on the color bat you’d like to make). This is our favorite tempera paint to use. I love the colors and it doesn’t have a strong paint odor like other tempera paints.


painted your toilet paper roll for the bat craft


2. While the cardboard tube is drying, draw some bat wings onto construction paper and cut them out. (If you don’t want to draw them yourself, you can use our bat wing template.)


cut out bat wings from construction paper


3. Glue the wings onto the back of the cardboard tube.


bat craft for kids


4. Cut out some little triangles from your construction paper to make ears. Glue these onto the bat, along with some googly eyes. Use a marker to draw a mouth.


make a bat face onto your hanging bat craft


5. Punch two holes in the bottom of your cardboard tube. This is where the legs will go.


6. Cut a black pipe cleaner in half. Twist one end of each pipe cleaner through each punched hole.


twist pipe cleaners onto your toilet paper roll to make legs


7. To make the feet, snip off the last inch of each leg. Wrap the one-inch piece of pipe cleaner around the bottom of each leg. Fold the middle part of the foot to make a hook for hanging.


make bat feet with pipe cleaners


8. Hang you bat up for fall or Halloween!


Hanging Bat Craft for Kids~ BuggyandBuddy.com

 Halloween Craft for Kids: Hanging Bat Art Project using cardboard tubes! Fun for fall and makes a great addition to the children's book Stellaluna! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com



Halloween Craft for Kids: Hanging Bat Art Project using cardboard tubes! Fun for fall and makes a great addition to the children's book Stellaluna! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Oh this is cute! My son has been very into Halloween crafting lately so I think we’ll have to make some hanging bats next week!

  2. How cute! I’d love to have a whole bunch of them hanging around the house! I’ll be sharing on The Crafty Crow soon 🙂

  3. This is such a cute craft. Can’t wait to have my little ones make these. Thanks so much


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