A Halloween bat craft for kids (they’re kind of cute!)

I’ve had more bat encounters than I care to count, and I wish they all looked as cute as these Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George. These towering bats will add a fun touch to your Halloween décor, and your party guests will say “aww”, instead of “eeeek!” These Halloween Bats are a fun Halloween craft for kids, too, so gather the supplies and make a whole colony of bats.

Cute Halloween craft for kids! Bat craft tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George.

To make Long-Legged Bats, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” ball (small bat) or 2-½” ball (large bat)
    • 2-½” egg (one per bat)
    • Scrap piece
  • Wood dowel, ¼” dia.: 16” for small bat; 24” for large bat
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Cardstock in black
  • Beads, 3/8” in black (eyes)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; plastic knife or serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle*; wooden skewers; stiff paintbrush

*NOTE: Only adults should use the serrated knife. If children are making the craft, either have an adult cut the foam for them, or closely watch the children while they use a plastic knife.

Cute and easy Halloween bat to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll make these cute bats with cardstock, wood dowels and balls and eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

To make Long-Legged Bats:

1. Children: With the plastic knife, cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface. These will be the bat’s feet.

Adults: Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface.

2. Cut each dowel in half, so you have two, 8” lengths, and two, 12” lengths.

3. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the foam balls and egg halves, and use as a handle while painting. Paint the balls, half eggs and wood dowels black. Insert the skewers into the foam scrap to hold the pieces upright while the paint dries.

4. Insert and glue a dowel into the top of each half egg. Insert and the other end of each dowel into the bottom of the foam ball.

5. Using the patterns, cut out the wings from cardstock. Score along the fold lines, and then fold the wings slightly forward. Slightly curl the tip of each wing by dragging the side of a pencil over it.

6. Glue the wings onto the back of the bat body.

7. Cut out ears for each bat. Curl the edges of each ear. Make two pencil holes in the top of each bat.  Insert an ear into each hole.

8. Glue or pin on beads for eyes.

9. Use the blunt end of a thin wooden skewer to press nostril indentations between the eyes, forming a nose.

Cute Halloween craft for kids -- these bats are easy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Could these bats be any cuter?

If you’re feeling “batty”, here’s another bat craft Kathleen shared with us last year – Halloween Sock Bats.

These are fun -- Halloween bats made from old socks & Styrofoam shapes. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are a few more favorite, Halloween crafts for kids.

Super-cute Halloween crafts for kids on CraftsnCoffee.com

Crepe Paper Mummies   

Cheesecloth Mummies  

Frankenmummy Family

Yarn Ghosts

Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts  

Glove Ghostie  

Have you had any close encounters of the bat kind? In various houses I’ve lived in, I’ve had bats in the attic, the bedroom, the laundry room, and most recently, I’ve discovered that they’re living in the tree right outside my door. As long as they stay outside, I’m o.k. with that!

Happy bat crafting!



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10 Responses to A Halloween bat craft for kids (they’re kind of cute!)

  1. Ms. pat Kichinko says:

    These are adorable beyond belief!! Thanks for sharing!Pat

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    It wouldn’t be Halloween without a bat or two! Here are some batty sayings:

    at bat bat bat
    eyelashes bat
    a thousand bat
    an eye bat
    an eyelash bat
    an eyelid bat
    bat around
    bat five hundred
    bat for both sides
    bat for the other side
    bat for the other team
    bat one thousand
    bat out
    bat the breeze
    batted out
    be as blind as a bat
    blind as a bat
    go to bat against
    go to bat for
    like a bat out of hello
    not bat an eye
    not bat an eyelid
    off own bat
    off the bat
    play a straight bat
    right off the bat
    shoot the breeze
    without batting an eye

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ohhh Sharon!!! These are BRILLIANT! I’m SO making those Bats with my Grandson this weekend!

    I’m also thinking about surprising him with some already made sock bats. Those would be so much fun hanging over the door in his bedroom here. (I can hear him giggling inside my head already! lol)

    GREAT post. Many thanks for the share. ~ Cobs. x

    • Sharon says:

      What fun! I hope you two have a blast crafting together! Do send a photo of your finished bats — I’d love to see them, both the Long-Legged Bats and the Sock Bats. Thanks so much for stopping in today. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. It was a very warm night around 10 years ago and the doors were all open to try to get some cool air in the house. All of a sudden something came swooping in and nosedived toward my head. I ducked and screamed for hubby to come see what it was. After finding out it was a bat, we tried as hard as we could to catch him in a towel or net to get him out of the house safely for over 2 hours. We finally realized that there was only one way he was leaving and we got the broom out. After a few swats we stunned him enough to catch him and bring him back outside. We watched him for a little while and he did fly off so we felt that we were successful! I think that bats are so adorable and would love to have a pet bat! Hubby doesn’t agree with me though! LOL
    These Long Legged Bats are pretty adorable too! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great week!

    • Sharon says:

      What a night! I’m glad you were successful in getting the bat out of the house. And I’m with your husband on this one, Barb! I like my bats wild and free OUTDOORS! I agree that these long-legged critters are very adorable, however! Thanks for sharing your tale. Happy crafting! Sharon

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