Vampire Bat Napkin Ring

by Noreen Doll.

Create an easy spooky vampire bat napkin ring for your Halloween party!

Vampire Bat Napkin Ring by Crafty Journal

Kids can help with this project as it involves simple tracing and cutting.

Black felt, card stock, or craft foam can be used for this quick project.

You can make a face on them or leave them plain. I think the face would be preferred for kids, but I like it better plain.


An orange napkin is perfect to set off a vampire bat napkin ring!

What You Need

Black Felt, Card Stock, or Craft Foam

A Piece of Paper to Make the Bat Shape

Cereal Box for Cardboard Pattern



Orange Napkins

What You Do

1. Fold a sheet of paper in half to size 8.5 by 6.5 inches.

2. Using the fold, draw half a bat. It needs long wings for this project.

Leave the paper folded to cut out the bat, (don’t cut the fold!) and you will end up with a whole bat.

3. Trace the bat onto cereal box or other sturdy cardboard, as you will be drawing around it several times. Cut out.

4. Trace around the cardboard bat onto card stock, felt, or craft foam. Cut out.

5. Roll up a napkin and test the bat around it to see where slits are needed.

Notice in the photo that one slit is cut halfway down from the top, and the other slit is cut halfway up from the bottom. This allows them to interlock.

6. If card stock is used, you may want to put a small piece of tape just below the end of the slits to keep them from tearing through. You can put the tape on the side that won’t show.

7. This is the felt bat with a face. The features could be made smaller.

8. This is the felt bat with no face.

9. This is the card stock vampire bat napkin ring.

10. Interlock the bat wings behind the napkin as shown.

11. The wings should completely interlock for a smooth look

The vampire bat napkin ring can be stored flat from year to year.

You could make a smaller version to use for finger puppets for preschoolers.


I sometimes use chalk to trace a shape onto black or very dark felt or craft foam. Cut inside the chalk line, as it may be difficult to remove.

A paper pattern could be pinned onto the felt to cut out the bat shape.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Your neighbor at Create with Joy–how can a vampire bat look so friendly? Cute.

  2. how very cute love that the bat is fun with halloween spirit but no scary

    come see what I shared at

  3. This is a fantastic project! These are so cute and would be perfect for a Halloween party!
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  4. Super cute idea!! I love it! Thank you for linking up!

  5. Fab!

  6. The bat napkin rings are absolutely adorable! What a fun idea.

  7. I love this idea – so simple to make but it looks great too!

  8. Another brilliant project – perfect for the kids!

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

  9. I would love for you to share this post and any other Fall related post you have, at this week’s It’s Fall Y’all ~ Linky Party. Hope to see you there!

  10. So cute and easy to make, thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

  11. Fun idea! The kids will love it. Thanks for sharing

  12. So adorable. I simply cannot wait to make some!

  13. Very cute. I will have to keep this in mind for some upcoming Halloween tablescapes!

  14. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Spooky-sweet! Great idea.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  15. These are sooo adorable.. my kids would love these! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  16. So cute — I like the one with the face! Perfect for kid’s Halloween party! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  17. OMG – adorable! Great job!

  18. Super cute! Awesome tutorial. I can’t wait to try this at home. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  19. Hi Noreen,
    People will have fun when they see these cute napkins rings. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  20. I love it!! That little bat is too cute! Another awesome tutorial as always :)

  21. Adorable for Halloween. Thanks for sharing at the Southern Special.

  22. Stinkin cute! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  23. So cute! Great scissor work too for fine motor skills . Love it! Found you via Thriving on Thursdays. :)

  24. Such a cute Halloween DIY! Thanks for sharing!

  25. What kid would not love these batty napkin holders sitting on their Halloween table? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. This would be so easy for kids to make! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh my goodness those are soo cute!!! Check out my blog sometime! I post a lot of kids crafts and activities!

  28. love the bat napkins rings, great for my dinner parties this month!
    Thanks for the inspiration
    and sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.

  29. Cute idea!!

  30. These would look great at a Halloween party! Thank you for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!

  31. This is so cute! I love your pool noodle pumpkin, too. I’ve pinned and Tweeted both. Thanks for sharing your great creations at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  32. bookmarked!!, I love your web site!

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