by Jennie Lennick

DIY Toilet Paper Tube Bats

Learn to make spooky bats with this DIY! These Halloween decorations are made from up-cycled toilet paper tubes and are so fun to make.  

 Is my house a bat cave? Maybe! 🦇 I’ve become obsessed with making these cute and easy bats from toilet paper tubes! It’s a simple craft project that is great for kids! Learn how to make your own with this quick tutorial.

Gather Supplies

  • Toilet Paper Tubes 
  • Black Paint 
  • Black Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Hot Glue 
  • String 
  • Googly Eyes 
  • Paint Brush 
  • Palette

Craft Supplies 

We have everything you need for DIY projects, from glue, to paint & brushes!

Step 1: Paint Your Toilet Paper Tubes Black


Each bat needs one tube, so start collecting them! I enlist my friends and neighbors to save their tubes for me.


Step 1: Make TP Tube Bats

Pour a little black paint into your palette. 

Step 1: Make TP Tube Bats

Paint your tube all over. Let it dry completely. 

Step 2: Glue Your String

Apply a drop of hot glue on the inside edge of your tube

Carefully press the end of your string in the glue. 

Step 3: Fold Your Tube

With your thumb, press in one half of the top of the tube. It will create a curved fold.

Repeat on the other side.

Fold in the string side of your tube.

Gluing the string first makes sure the string is inside the tube. 

Step 4: Cut Out Bat Wings

Fold a piece of black paper in half.

Use a pencil to draw one half of a wing shape with the wing’s center at your fold.

Cut out your shape with scissors.

Unfold to reveal the shape.

Step 5: Glue Your Wings

Add a line of glue running vertically on your tube. 

Place the folded part of the wing on the glue and press for a few seconds.

Step 6: Add Googly Eyes


My googly eyes are little stickers! Peel of the backing and stick. If your eyes are NOT stickers, simply glue them on.

Tip: For an extra spooky look, choose eyes of different sizes!

Step 7: Decorate your bat cave!

Yes! I love my little bats! I will hang them in all our windows and make my house the cutest and spookiest one on our block.

Want more spooky DIYs? Learn to watercolor these celestial ghosts with our easy tutorial!

If paper projects are your jam, check out our Paper Flower tutorial! Make them spooky this year with black and orange tissue paper! 

What is your favorite spooky DIY project? Comment below! Happy Halloween!

Jennie Lennick


Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco.

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