Coffee Filter Bats
This Halloween I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of decorations I had, so I set out to make some cheap and easy additions. I found the idea for these bats while searching for kids crafts. These were fun to make and so cheap! I did have colored finger tips for a couple days, but that’s the price you pay for craftiness.
Coffee filters (I bought a 200 pack for $3 at Menards)
Pipe Cleaners ($1 for 25 at Michaels, don’t forget your 40% off coupon!)
Washable Makers (On hand or you can grab a pack at the $1 store)
Spray Bottle filled with water (Spray bottle can also be purchased at $1 store or just reuse an empty bottle from household cleaner)
Hot glue gun and sticks
Take a coffee filter and fold it in half. Cut a wing shape by cutting six half circles out along the rounded edge of the filter. Then cut the filter in half on the folded line.
Color blocked sections of the filter in colors of your choosing. The color blocks do not have to be completely filled in, some white can show.
Place your colored filter on a dinner plate or tray and spray with water. The more water you use, the more the colors will blend, but also the less saturated the colors will be.
Remove wet filter from plate and lay out to dry. Since I had so many coffee filters, I just set another one on the table and laid the wet filter on top of a new one. You can also use a metal drying rack if you have one.
Take a pipe cleaner and coil one end into an oval, body shape and the other end into a round, head shape, the two pieces will come together at the neck. I used one pipe cleaner per bat.
Once your coffee filter is dry, bunch up the center a bit and hot glue the pipe cleaner body to the filter.
Helpful Hint: I found that only coloring one half of the filter but keeping the two halves together while spraying transferred the color from the top, colored filter to the plain, bottom one and left the top filter with a more saturated look.
Happy making and happy Halloween!