Paper Cup Bat Halloween Craft

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Looking for a fun and easy Halloween craft for kids? This adorable paper cup bat is not only fun to create, but also fun to play with!

paper cup bat craft

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This bat craft is great for preschoolers and elementary age kids.

The instructions require painting a paper cup black, which is super fun for kids who are a bit older. If you’d like to make this craft easier for preschoolers, or simply make it faster for older kids, simply buy a pack of black paper party cups.

How to make a Paper Cup Bat Craft for Halloween

halloween bat craft for kids

List of Supplies:

  • Craft papers
  • Paper cup
  • Pencil – to trace the template
  • Craft glue
  • Marker or gel pen
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Template


Select a paper cup; we’re using a short 8oz size. Get black paint ready for covering the cup. A thick acrylic pant will work best, but washable paint will also work if you start with white cups.

Don’t forget you can also simply buy black paper cups, if you prefer.

Apply a coat of black acrylic paint on the outer surface of the paper cup and allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat if necessary.

Download and print out the bat template. Cut out all of the template pieces.

Select craft paper for the bat craft, we’re using grey, black, white and pink colored craft papers.

Trace the patterns onto the chosen papers. Cut all the bat pieces out of the paper.

Attach the small wing cutouts on the big wing cutouts.

Glue the inner ear cutouts on the outer ear cutouts.

Attach the fang cutouts on to the mouth cutout.

Glue to two ears to the top edge of the paper cut, as shown below.

Make thin folds along the straight sides of the wing patterns. Apply glue along the folded parts.

Attach the eyes and mouth pieces on to the paper cup, just below the ear pieces.

Attach the glued side of the wings to the sides of the paper cup to complete the paper cup bat.

Paper Cup Halloween Bat

That’s it!

If you love this Halloween bat craft, be sure to make these adorable bat corner bookmarks too!

For another cute craft project that encourage imaginary play, make these Bat puppets!

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