cute halloween craft clothespin and coffee filter bats

coffee filter bats

What you'll need:

  • 1 basket type coffee filter
  • Purple and black watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 miniature wooden clothespin
  • Black or purple acrylic paint
  • 2 small wiggle eyes
  • White scrap of paper
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

How to make it:

  1. Paint the clothespin either black or purple acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
  2. Cut coffee filter in half.
  3. Paint one half of the filter with black watercolor paint and the other half with purple watercolor paint. Let dry.
  4. When filters are dry, place the purple half on top of the black half so that they line up.
  5. Pinch the filter with your fingers, gathering the paper in the center of the straight edge.
  6. Open the clothespin and clamp the gathered end of the filter inside the clothespin.
  7. Add a dab of white glue in the clamp.
  8. Use scissors to cut half circles from the rounded wings to resemble a bat's wings.
  9. Use the color differentiation between the black and purple sides of the coffee filter as a guide.
  10. Cut jagged edges along the circular side of the half circle to further define the shape of the bat wings.
  11. Glue two wiggle eyes to the front of the clothespin.
  12. Cut two small triangular fangs from white paper and glue to the clothespin "jaws".


  • Attach these cute bats to curtains, plants, anywhere they will grab onto.
  • Suspend these bats from the ceiling by tying a piece of fishing line to the clothespin and pushing a thumbtack into the ceiling.
  • Instead of purple, try red for a different look!


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

No photos? Sound cute though!

Shupes 6 years ago

There is a very creative use for some coffee filters, especially with Halloween around the corner.

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