This cute toilet paper roll bat is a great craft to do with your kids this Halloween. Afterwards, you can place them all around your house for fun seasonal decorations.
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Note: I used googly eyes for this project. However, if you don’t have any, or would rather not use them if you’re concerned about a choking hazard, you can always use white paint instead.
Also, you can definitely use paper towel rolls instead of toilet paper rolls. Just cut the roll in half or thirds (depending on how big you want your bat).
Supplies needed to make one toilet paper roll bat:
- Toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll)
- Black acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Googly eyes
- Black construction paper or cardstock
- Bat wing template (download here)
The first step is to paint the paper roll completely black. I put down a layer of white paint as the very first layer. I would recommend doing this as well to make sure the black paint covers the paper roll as evenly as possible. Just make sure that the white layer is completely dry before going in with the black paint. If you’re doing this craft with younger kids, it might be a good idea to paint the layer of white yourself beforehand. This way they don’t have to wait to get started!
While the paint is drying, you can start cutting out the bat wings. Download the template below and print on white paper or cardstock. The template is sized to fit an 8.5×11 inch piece of paper and will print 4 bat wings per page. Cut out the template wings and using a pencil, trace onto black construction paper or cardstock. Cut out the bat wings and then set aside.
Next, push the top of the paper roll in to form the bat’s two ears.
Put a dab of glue onto the center of the bat wings and place the toilet paper roll on top. Add two google eyes and then with a thin paintbrush, create two sharp fangs. If you don’t want to use googly eyes or don’t have any available, you can use paint to create the eyes instead.
Create multiple bats and display them around your house or at a Halloween party for some spooky decorations!
Be sure to check out these other fun Halloween toilet paper roll crafts: