Coffee Filter Vampire Bats

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Coffee Filter Vampire Bats
Ages school-age

These adorable little vampire bats will look ghoulish hanging from the ceiling! Make several of these fun little critters to dress up your house this Halloween.

What you'll need

  • 1 basket type coffee filter
  • Purple and black watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 miniature wooden clothespin
  • Black or purple acrylic paint
  • 2 small wiggle eyes
  • White scrap of paper
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
Helpful Tip:

1. Attach these cute bats to curtains, plants, anywhere they will grab onto. 2. Suspend these bats from the ceiling by tying a piece of fishing line to the clothespin and pushing a thumbtack into the ceiling. 3. Instead of purple, try red for a different look!

How to make it

  1. Paint the clothespin either black or purple acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

  2. Cut coffee filter in half.

  3. Paint one half of the filter with black watercolor paint and the other half with purple watercolor paint. Let dry.

  4. When filters are dry, place the purple half on top of the black half so that they line up. Pinch the filter with your fingers, gathering the paper in the center of the straight edge.

  5. Open the clothespin and clamp the gathered end of the filter inside the clothespin. Add a dab of white glue in the clamp.

  6. Use scissors to cut half circles from the rounded wings to resemble a bat's wings. Use the color differentiation between the black and purple sides of the coffee filter as a guide.

  7. Cut jagged edges along the circular side of the half circle to further define the shape of the bat wings.

  8. Glue two wiggle eyes to the front of the clothespin.

  9. Cut two small triangular fangs from white paper and glue to the clothespin "jaws".

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