October 15th, 2020
These DIY bats are super fun and easy to create, and they make really cute Spooky Season decorations!
Step 1: Get Your Supplies!
- Coffee filters
- Washable markers (preferably dark colors)
- Black paint
- Silver sharpie/gel pen
- Spray bottle full of water
- (OPTIONAL) Hairdryer
The surface you work on is definitely going to get messy and colorful, so keep that in mind when you’re setting up. Have something to put the coffee filters on when you get to the step with the spray bottle (a cookie sheet or aluminum foil would probably be best in hindsight).
Step 2: The Coffee Filter
Lay your coffee filter flat and fold them in half. Then, you take your washable markers and color whatever pattern you want on one side of the folded coffee filter. For mine in the video, I used purple, black, and blue. The original instructions preferred darker colors for these bats, but, when I was preparing this craft, my coworker Miss Jodi made one using light blue and pink, which turned out really wonderful. So, definitely use whichever colors you want; they may just turn out really awesome!
Take your colored coffee filter and place it on a surface (again, preferably a surface that you don’t mind getting messy and colorful; I used a shoebox lid in the video, but, if I had to do it over again, I’d use aluminum foil). Then, you just take your spray bottle and spray water all over the colored side of the coffee filter. You should see your colors starting to blend and they will saturate the filter enough to color the opposite side.
Set that aside to dry for the moment. (Optional: You can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process. However, I will say that the heat can fade out your colors.)
Step 2: The Clothespin
You’ll need your clothespin, paintbrush, and black paint. For the purposes of my video, I didn’t pour the paint out on anything; I just used what paint was already in the lid of the paint bottle. Paint your clothespin black and let it dry.
Once it’s dry, grab your silver sharpie marker or gel pen. On the mouth end of the clothespin, you want to draw a face for your bat. (Miss Jodi and I included fangs on ours.) (In my video, this part was done after cutting the wings, but, remember, you can do these in whatever order seems appropriate to you. Have fun with it!)
Step 3: Cutting Your Wings
Take your dry coffee filter (with all its blended and wonderful colors) and fold it in half again, so you have a quarter fold. This is where you get to use your scissors. I freehanded my wings, but, if you’re more comfortable drawing out your wings and cutting along the lines, then go for it!
Step 4: Making Your Bat
Take your bat wings (your coffee filter should only be folded in half again at this point) and pinch/scrunch up the middle of your wing. Open up your clothespin and slip the wings into the clip. Once your clothespin is closed tightly, you can adjust your wings until you’re happy with them.
Here are the final projects: