Boo-tiful Bats

Calling all witches, goblins, and ghouls! Around Halloween, the night is dark, the spooks are out and we’re getting ready to celebrate the scariest time of the year! One of the best parts of Halloween is decorating your home with the spooookiest decorations! Here is an easy idea to garnish your home using simple household products. Kids will be lining up in front of your house to get a good look at your decor during the Halloween season!

Bootiful Bat

Learn How to Make this Beautiful Nightmare

What you’ll need to make your hanging house bats

  • Coffee filters (1 filter per bat)
  • Purple and black water colors
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Googley eyes (2 per bat)
  • Silver or gold glitter (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Clothespins (1 per bat)


  1. Lay one coffee filter out flat, and then cut it in half.
  2. Cut Coffee Filter

    Cut the coffee filter in half.

  3. Paint one half purple with watercolor paint and one half black with watercolor paint. Let them dry for 20 minutes.
  4. While the filters are drying, paint a clothespin black with acrylic paint and add glitter if you would like.
  5. Paint Clothespin

    The Painted and Decorated 'Body' of the Bat

  6. Stick 2 googley eyes at the top of the clothes pin.
  7. Take your dried coffee filter halves and on the rounded side’s edges, cut small half circles to form points on the wings.
  8. Cut Bat Wings

    Cut semi-circles into the coffee filter wings.

  9. Place the purple filter on the inside of the black filter and scrunch them in the middle to make the wings curve slightly.
  10. Scrunch Bat Wings

    Scrunch the wings into the bat body.

  11. Glue one end of the piece of string onto the back of the clothes pin.
  12. Once dry, hang on your porch for all the trick or treaters to see these boo-tiful bats!

Enjoy your acrobatic-looking bats!

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