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Coffee Filter Bats Halloween Craft for Kids

These coffee filter bats are an easy Halloween craft for kids of all ages to make. They take about 20 minutes and use craft supplies you probably already have in your house.

I love how simple these are to create and they work great for DIY Halloween decorations. Make a night of it with Halloween movies and crafts!

Grab the printable directions at the bottom of this post for use at home or in your classroom. Have the kids learn more about bats with these bat life cycle printable activities.

For another fall project, don’t miss our Bat Suncatchers and Coffee Filter Turkeys. These Pool Noodle Halloween Crafts and Kawaii Inspired Halloween Flower Pots make cute projects too!

Get 15 easy coffee filter craft tutorials conveniently all in one place for you with our Cute Coffee Filter Crafts digital craft book! Access it on your phone, tablet, or computer any time.

Hand holding one finished coffee filter and clothespin bat and two more laying on gray wood backdrop

And for winter, check out our Coffee Filter Wreath for Christmas, Coffee Filter Poinsettia, Coffee Filter Santas, Coffee Filter Angel Ornaments, and Coffee Filter Holly Banner!

Halloween Coffee Filter Bats

Coffee filter crafts are great for preschool and kindergarten children. Even toddlers can help with the dyeing process.

Older kids will also enjoy making these bats and can assist with decorating the clothespins.

Easy crafts for kids are my favorite kind and I’m telling you these bats look great when they are finished!

The tie dye for the bat wings is created using coffee filters and markers, which is a magical process that the kids (and adults) will become addicted to doing! 

Set them out and around your Halloween party food table or hang them on the wall. You could even make several and use twine to create a bat banner.

You may also enjoy making these adorable Monster Craft Stick Bookmarks and your own magic wand.

Coffee Filter Bat Craft Supplies

If you don’t have these materials on hand, you can find them on Amazon, at the Dollar Store, or wherever you prefer to shop for crafting supplies.

Stack of white coffee filters, box of markers, googly eyes, black craft paint, clothespins, paint brush, and scissors set out for project

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How to Make Coffee Filter Bat Halloween Craft

Flatten coffee filters and draw different patterns with several colors of washable markers. Blue, black, and purple are great for making cool looking dark bat wings.

Coffee filter colored on with purple, blue, and black markers

Place the colored coffee filter on a craft mat and spritz with water. If you don’t have a craft mat you can lay it on top of a large zip top bag.

Kids will enjoy watching the magic as the colors spread! Set aside to dry.

Clip the clothespins onto a scrap of cardboard before painting. This way you can hold and turn the cardboard without getting paint all over your hands.

Five clothespins clipped on piece of cardboard being painted black with paintbrush

Paint all sides of the clothespin with black craft paint and a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.

After the paint is dry, glue on the googly wiggly eyes.  

Five clothespins painted black with googly eyes for Halloween bat craft activity

Using the white gel pen, draw a mouth and fangs on each clothespin. Set aside to dry.

Now fold the dry coffee filter in fourths and cut a scallop edge with scissors.  

Unfold the filter to half and cut a 3” slit up from the scalloped edge.  Then open the clothespin and insert the wings. 

Coffee filter dyed with markers to make bat kids craft

Cut out ears using a rectangular strip of black cardstock and cutting out a small triangle on one end. Attach the paper to the top of the clothespin with liquid glue.

Cutting out ears and gluing them onto the black painted clothespins to make bats

Once they are completely dry, display your completed coffee filter bats!

Three finished coffee filter bats laying on gray wood photo backdrop

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Printable Coffee Filter Bats for Halloween Craft Directions

We hope you have fun creating a colony of bats with this cute Halloween craft for kids. The instructions below are available for you to print out at home.

Close up of hand holding completed coffee filter bat craft project

Coffee Filter Bat Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These coffee filter bats are a cute and easy Halloween craft project for kids.


    1. Flatten coffee filters and draw patterns with blue, black, and purple washable markers.
    2. Place the colored coffee filter on a craft mat and spritz with water.
    3. Clip clothespins to scrap of cardboard and paint all sides black. Set aside to dry.
    4. Glue eyes to clothespin. Let dry.
    5. Draw mouth and teeth with white gel pen. Let dry.
    6. Fold coffee filter in fourths (in half and in half again) and cut a scallop edge.
    7. Unfold filter once so it is folded in half. Cut a 3 inch slit up from scallop edge.
    8. Open clothespin and insert the coffee filter wings.
    9. Cut little triangle ears from black cardstock and glue to clothespin.


Easily make just one or several at a time. Drying times may vary and impact total time from start to finish of this project.

Did you make this project?

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Collage of coffee filter bat craft tutorial steps and finished bat

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Monday 25th of October 2021

How long do the coffee filters take to dry? Would this be a two-day project?

Darcy Zalewski

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

The drying time depends on how wet the filters get. Lightly spritzing and they can be dry within a couple hours. If they are very wet, it could take overnight.


Saturday 12th of September 2020

This is so cute! Found it on Pinterest and when I saw the name of your site, I had to do a double take; my name’s Darcy too, and I never see other Darcy’s with a y!

Darcy Zalewski

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by, it's fun to see other Darcys in the wild ;)


Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Can you use permanent markers? Does the marker bleed once it is dry?

Darcy Zalewski

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Hi Sheryl, the ink used in permanent markers will keep it from bleeding and creating the tie dye effect when spraying with water. When using washable markers, it doesn't bleed anymore once dry. Hope that helps!


Tuesday 29th of October 2019

We made these and they turned out awesome! Thank you for the info!!

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

You're welcome, Suzanne! I'm so glad you enjoyed making these bats!


Monday 21st of October 2019

cute fall craft :)

Darcy Zalewski

Monday 21st of October 2019

Thank you, Stephanie! I hope you have fun making them!

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