Years ago, on the hunt for Halloween crafts for kids, we came across an adorable, printable bat.
My girls loved it and printed it and made a bunch. But a couple of years later the website and the free bat template were gone!!
Their sweet, little bat was gone, and in their minds, Halloween stood on the brink of being ruined.
The ONLY course of action was for me to make one of my own. They loved it!
Halloween had been restored!
In fact, they loved these cute vampire bats so much that a couple dozen of them are now a regular, required item in our annual decoration box.
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I loved this little guy so much too that I came up with a couple of ideas to improve him. I created a coloring page so your little kids could color him exactly the way they like as a great Halloween craft.
Pens, markers glitter, stickers. Nearly anything’s an option. Googly eyes, anyone? These bat cut-outs make the perfect craft project at home, for classroom use, or at a Halloween party. Free printable templates make creative Halloween activities, and craft ideas in general, so much easier to achieve.
He’s really easy to cut out and to hang but the assembly may need some adult supervision if you want the folds to match across the bat’s body, especially with young children like preschoolers.
But the results are lots of super fun bats you can hang all over the house. You can hang them flying or upside down from a self.
They’re very cute and not spooky at all. Your kids will love making lots and lots of them.
Halloween Bat Craft Materials:
- Halloween Hanging Craft Download Link (at bottom of the post)
- Something to help score lines. Like a butter knife, a paper clip, or a bone folder.
- Coloring pencils, markers, or crayons if using the coloring sheet.
A full instruction sheet for making paper bats is available in the download at the bottom of this post. And I’ve also made this video showing you how easy they are to make:
You can make them with flying wings.
Or you can glue the wings on top of the body to create an upside-down bat. Here I hung them on the underside of a shelf with a bit of tape. They look like they’re almost ready for a nap.
I used a ton of fake spider webs and created a fun black bat garland to match. These black bats are another great addition to the Halloween season. You can get the free SVG to make the bat garland here.
I also used some fun Halloween decorations like a chalkboard paint pumpkin and a BOO sign.
It’s a fun, super low-key DIY Halloween craft to make with the kids.
You can also see these little bats in action in my haunted Halloween pirate ship porch ideas.
If you liked this bat, you’ll also love more free Halloween printables with these Halloween owl favor boxes, ghost lollipops tags, and 4 Halloween treat bags.
And if you like bats, I have a cool bat costume DIY also.
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12 thoughts on “FREE Printable Hanging Bat – Halloween Craft for Kids”
This is the cutest bat ever!
These are so cute and such a wonderful activity to kids on Halloween!
What a super fun and easy way to decorate for Halloween ! I love incorporating bats to our Halloween decor.
Bats are the best, aren’t they?
These are the cutest little bats!
Thank you Holly.
So perfect! Now the kids can add to the decor!
You can keep them occupied for a long time with the coloring pages too.
What a cute decoration!! Bats are my favorite!!
These are SO much fun! I love that you did the upside down ones with their folded wings. Such a great addition.
These are perfect for my 5 year old! She will absolutely adore these!
This is adorable! My girls would it!