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Paper Plate Bats

Every time I think that’s it for Halloween crafting this year something else comes up that we want to make! I suppose I shouldn’t be that surprised that with a Batman obsessed toddler that a request for paper plate bats happened (‘lets make bats mummy!’ ‘Err… yep I think I can work that one out!’) These were so much fun to do, we did them sat next to each other, both working on the task and we were both really happy with how they turned out.

Paper plate bats

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This is the first time in about a year that my son has let me photograph him for my blog, but he loved these so much he wanted his picture taken with them! That’s not me telling him to cover his face either, he just genuinely wanted to show as much of his paper plate bats as possible, bless!


To make paper plate bats you will need:

2 Paper plates per bat

Black paint




Googly eyes

You may notice that one of the bats is actually a bit purple, that’s because after I used our stained glass pumpkin and pumpkin painting crafts to teach about how to mix colours my son now wants to mix colours all the time! He’s also told me he’s an artist so I’m not going to argue with him 😉

bat paper plate for preschoolers

How to make it:

Paint both plates black (or, err, purple). When they are dry fold one plate lightly in half to give you a guideline on where to cut the wings. Cut them out using a curved W shape and then stick them to the back of the main body of the bat using tape.

Using the leftover pits of plate you can now cut out ears and teeth for your bat.

how to make paper plate bats

You could probably use some left over bits of the plate to make eyes too but we are massive fans of googly eyes round here so that’s what we used!

If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!

Your super cool paper plate bats are now ready for Halloween or decorating Batman’s Batcave!

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If you love Halloween crafting don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for Autumn, Fall and Halloween Crafts and Activities which is full of great ideas for kids and grown ups and check out my fantastic round up of Bat Crafts for Preschoolers!


  1. 21st October 2014 / 2:24 pm

    These look great – love them. Will have to give this a try with my eldest 🙂

  2. Celesse @ Mummy Logic
    21st October 2014 / 4:19 pm

    Fantastic. So simple but look great. #letkidsbekids

  3. 21st October 2014 / 5:53 pm

    These are fab! We’ve not done any Halloween crafts yet (bad mummy!) must do some 🙂

  4. 21st October 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Love these. Apart from the messy black paint, situation, they are so easy to make

    • 23rd October 2014 / 7:10 pm

      Ah, yes black paint is an issue! I always have a big pack of baby wipes to hand 😉

  5. 21st October 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Pinning this and hoping I have time to make them during the holidays next week!

    • 23rd October 2014 / 7:07 pm

      Great! If you do let me know how you do, I always love to see pictures of what people have made 😀

  6. 22nd October 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Lovely simple craft. One of my daughters keeps asking to make a bat, I might give this a go.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • 23rd October 2014 / 7:05 pm

      It was so easy, let me know if you do try it!

  7. 24th October 2014 / 11:15 am

    These are really cute! Pinning to my Halloween board too, a great craft for half term!

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