Kids’ Craft: Coffee Filter Bats

As a proud pumpkin spicer myself, I basked in the light of my oldest’ excitement surrounding Fall and “Spooky Season” as we walked to the bus stop one early September morning. Halloween marks her second favorite holiday, and she couldn’t wait to start celebrating. Suddenly, we’re listening to Kids Bop Kids’ Halloween Hits on repeat, eating our favorite Fall recipes (hello, apple cinnamon oatmeal), and sporting a hoodie at the bus stop.

Her excitement is contagious as I spend my evening scrolling Halloween-themed crafts, activities, and recipes we can do together. One craft that really stuck out this year was making bats out of coffee filters. We’ve used a similar technique to make butterflies and poppy flowers out of coffee filters, so I knew that this project would be a messy hit with my kids.

The kids like that they get to play with paint, a spray bottle, and goggly eyes. I like that this is a multi-step craft, so I can take my time with it and even spread it out over a few days if the kids aren’t as into it one afternoon. As it turned out, the girls were super excited, and we did the whole project before dinner!

Use coffee filters, markers, and a spray bottle to make bats. Perfect kids’ craft for spooky season!


  1. Coffee Filters
  2. Clothespins
  3. Black Paint and Paintbrushes
  4. Markers (we used black, green, purple and blue)
  5. Spray Bottle with Water
  6. Goggly Eyes
  7. Mess Containment Strategy- Newspaper/Cardboard/Tray/Puppy Pads

How to Make Coffee Filter Bats

  1. Paint the clothespins black and let dry.
  2. Color the coffee filters with markers. Place newspaper or something under the filters. Then, cover the filter with scribbles of color. The more color you put on, the better the color will bleed and create a “tie dye” effect.
  3. Spray the filters with water to make the colors bleed. This gets messy, so you may want to do this part outside or on a tray. Let dry.
  4. Once coffee filters are dry, fold them in half and cut the edge in a zig-zag pattern. Make a few sharp points to create a bat wing effect.
  5. Twist the coffee filters like a bow and attach the clothespin to the center. Gently, fluff out the filter to shape the wings the way you like.
  6. Add goggly eyes and enjoy!
Fall-themed activities that target early childhood development available on Etsy.

One of the things I like about coffee filter tie dye crafts is that the kids get to work on a variety of developmental skills. Kids strengthen their fine motor muscles while painting, coloring, spraying water, cutting, and affixing the clothespin. Additionally, kids must follow step-by-step instructions as one step must be completed before moving on to the next step, which helps foster sequencing skills in preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Looking for more Fall-themed activities for kids? Check out my Fall learning printable pack on Etsy, and download a variety of fun, educational activities for young kids. Proceeds from my Etsy shop help with the costs of this blog, so it’s a win, win.

Printable activities geared for children ages 2+, and includes STEM activities as well as crafts and games targeting motor skills and social development. Independent activities such as lacing cards, play mats, and pretend soup recipe cards are great for busy bags, quiet time, and invitation to play trays. The fall-themed board game and yoga flow cards provide more social activities for tots and families.


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