Don’t know about you, but bats give us the heebie jeebies. Big googly eyes, huge ears, scrawny black bodies – they’re just one big, flying ball of creepy! That’s why we love these rainbow paper tube bats, inspired by:Hello Wonderful, that are all bright, happy colors and ooze cuteness. Nothing scary about these at all!
These paper tube bats are so simple to make and require just a few, inexpensive materials you’ll want a whole colony of bats to roost in your home. If you are organized enough to plan ahead, you can begin saving your empty toilet paper rolls for this project long before you need them. If not, you can buy the rolls at your local craft or dollar store. If you can find them already in different colors, that will save you a step. Otherwise, the plain rolls can be covered with construction paper or lightly painted. Construction paper will make it easy to make bats in all the colors of the rainbow. Spray paint will give them a light, even color and is quick and easy to use.
Just as no two bats are exactly alike, yours should have their own style and personality. Halloween doesn’t have to be all about orange and black. Why not add some bright colors to the mix? If we can have pumpkins of all colors and designs, why can’t we brighten up our bats as well? Who says bats can’t be bright blue, hot pink, or lime green? It’s good to stand out from the crowd. Use black construction paper to create your own wing design or get some inspiration and templates here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/325455510548570783/. Kids could even trace their handprint for wings.
Find some fun, silly, or scary googly eyes – or all three! Variety is a good thing. Don’t forget to give your bat some fangs using white craft foam or construction paper. Glue the wings and eyes to your bat and the “hard” work is done.
These paper tube bats are a perfect craft activity for a classroom of bat loving kids. Ask each kid to provide their own toilet paper roll, get some googly eyes donated, grab construction paper and white glue – don’t forget some parent volunteers – and you’re all set! You could even hang the bats upside down in your classroom to create your own bat cave and send them home right before Halloween.
At your home, these adorable bats can add some holiday color to a mantle, shelf, or table. Add some pipe cleaner legs and you can hang them upside down from a houseplant or tree in your yard. Fill them with candy and give them away as special treats for family and friends. Who knew bats could be so much fun?