Here’s a simple bat craft for kids!

Clothespin Bat Craft

We have been studying bats in our science book, and Gresham and Owen just love bats.  Gresham has been wanting to make some that he could play with, so this is what we came up with!

To make them you will need:

  • Wooden clothespins – the type that do not open and close with a spring
  • Black paint
  • Black felt
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes – small
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bat wing pattern (Print below – click on “bat wing pattern,” then click it again on the next screen)

Bat Wing Pattern

Clothespin Bat Craft

Step 1:  Paint a clothespin black.

Step 2:  Cut two wings out of felt.

Step 3:  Glue the wings onto the back of the clothespin.

Step 4:  Add googly eyes and felt ears (I cut out little triangles for the ears).  Paint on white fangs if desired.

Step 5:  Bend a black pipe cleaner into feet.  We used one pipe cleaner to make two feet and then had some left over.  Glue the feet to the sides of the clothespin with hot glue (on the front).

Clothespin Bat Craft

Bend the feet so that the bat can hang upside down.  The boys like to wrap up the wings so that they hang like this:

Clothespin Bat Craft

For these photos, we hung some string on our fireplace mantle.  The bats actually look pretty good up there!  Well, if you’re the type of person who likes a bat garland on the mantle… Personally, I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving decorations! 🙂


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  1. Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life Oct 15, 2014

    Fun idea! I'm pretty sure that these would go in my boys' room and not on my mantle though! ;-)


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