Paper Plate Vampire Bat

by Noreen Doll.

This paper plate vampire bat is super easy to create, and bats are always a fun craft to make for Halloween.

Paper Plate Vampire Bats by Crafty Journal

Each of these fun bats only requires 2 paper plates, and you can make them large or small, according to the size of your paper plates.

Crafty Journal - Paper Plate Vampire Bat

I spray painted my bats black because I used white paper plates to make them, and I do like the way the color turned out.

I did have black plastic plates, but found they were too deep to work well for this craft.

Your plates need to be as flat as possible for these bats to turn out well.

What you need

2 Paper Plates – the same size

Red and White Craft Foam

Black Spray Paint

Double Sided Tape or Glue

2 Brads



How to Make Paper Plate Vampire Bats.

1. Draw a very simple pattern for the bat body on one plate using this diagram.

2. On another plate, draw 2 simple wings. Be sure to use half or less of the plate for each wing so they’ll both fit on the plate.

To make them the same size, you can draw one and then cut it out and use it for the pattern for the second wing.

3. Cut out the body and wings.

4. Take them outside and spray paint them black. I used 2 coats for better coverage, allowing about 15 minutes drying time between coats.

5. Cut out the features using craft foam, card stock, or self adhesive felt.

I used white and red so they would show up against the black of the bat.

From white craft foam, cut 2 long white triangles for the fangs, 2 thin strips for the eyebrows, and 2 fat oval shapes for the eyes.

Punch 2 black circles from card stock for the pupils.

Cut a thin red mouth strip and a blood droplet from red foam.

Use a red Sharpie to add a bit of blood to the tip of one or both fangs.

6. Move the features around on the bat till you find an arrangement you like – then glue or tape them down.

7. Punch a small hole near the end of each wing, and one on each side of the bat body, for attaching the wings.

Crafty Journal - Paper Plate Vampire Bat


8. Use a one inch or longer brad to attach each wing.

9. Use a Sharpie to color the top of the brad black if you don’t have black brads.

Now your paper plate vampire bat can move his wings and fly!

Crafty Journal - Paper Plate Vampire Bat

A new friend!


You can punch a hole in the top of the paper plate vampire bat and add a black ribbon for hanging, if you like.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. They are sooo cute! What a fabulous idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. This is so cute! I will have to try this with my boys! They’ll love it!

  3. These are just too cute for words! I know my kids would love to do this!

  4. These are great. What a fun and simple idea.

  5. Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays these are great,pinning these :)

  6. These are sooooooooooo cute
    Great for any kid’s party
    Very creative of you

  7. I remember making these with my kids at camp! Very cute! :)

  8. Those are adorable! Megan

  9. so cute for the kiddos! Thanks for sharing

  10. This is so adorable!

  11. What a cool idea. My daughter will love these!

  12. My daughter would love making one of these! Super Cute!

  13. These are adorable! I’ve been looking for a craft for my halloween party, and this might just be it! =)

  14. What a wonderful craft! Simple and adorable!

  15. What a great idea! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to our Countdown to Fall link party! Have a great night! :)

  16. I love this! I might just have to make these with my son this year :)

  17. My kids will have a blast making these! Thanks!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing on the We Made That Linky! I just love how the bat came out he is just too cute!

  19. So fun!

  20. These turned out so well! And that little droplet of blood is a great touch!

  21. These are sooooo cute. Really like them. Kiddies would love these.

  22. These are adorable! I cannot wait to make them with my munchkins.

  23. What a cute idea! My kids will love making this project for Halloween.

  24. Jane Oetterer says:

    great idea for our MOPS kids!

  25. Thanks so much for linking this up with the September SPARK party! I love these, such a fun thing to make for with the kids. I just pinned it so we can make some when I start my fall decorating. Thanks for sharing!!

  26. How cute! Looks like it would be fun to make. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  27. They are really good – but looks so simple. thanks for sharing

  28. Fun! I’ve had Halloween on the brain lately too! Pinning!

  29. You are just so clever. These are great bats. I will pass your instructions on to my family.

  30. these guys are so stinking cute I love them! pinnning :)

    rae gun ramblings

  31. It’s been fun checking out your blog! I love Halloween and this would be the perfect craft for my kids! I would love to have you stop by and enter my link party, as well. (Hosted every Saturday)

  32. oh wow!!! sharing these on my facebook page and pinterest

    Natasha @

  33. You always have such great projects to do with little ones. 😀 Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

  34. My favorite holiday is Halloween so naturally, I was drawn to this link up on Mop It Up Mondays! I’d love for you to share this at my party. It opens at 6pm tonight.

    Have a great afternoon!


  35. These are really really cute!

  36. This is great. I love the little bit of blood you added to the fangs. It makes them perfect. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  37. These are so cute! They’d be a great craft for little kids. I’m featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up.


  38. Adorable, and so easy, you inspired to try and make these, I might even hang a few in my booth. I’d still a kid at heart, so this project fits me well. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  39. Hello! Thanks for linking up with Marvelous Mondays – these are so cute! Happy Monday! :)

  40. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    So simple, fun and cute! Obviously everyone is batty for them!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  41. Another adorable idea! I sm going to try this one as well with Lia (4 yr. old). She so loves crafts and I have been looking for things that are fun to do with her!

  42. Super fun project for any age. I can’t wait to try this at home. Thanks for sharing :)

  43. Hi Noreen!

    I featured your bats at Creative Juice. I’ll also be sharing them at Pinterest in my Halloween board.

    Thanks for sharing last week.

  44. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

  45. Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring this on ‘Or so she says…’ today! I’m pinning it, as well. :) Thanks so much for linking up, I would love for you to stop back by today and share another great idea. The link party just opened up!

  46. super cute project! thanks for stopping by Impatiently Crafty for my sunday Impatiently Crafted link party 😉

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