DIY Scary Bat from Paper Cups

Halloween is right around the corner and so lets try out some DIY Halloween decorations. Let’s see how we can make a DIY scary bat from paper cups and some Cardboard. You can hang them around the house or make their wings flap with the wind. So let’s take a look at how we can make this Halloween treat.

DIY scary bat: Materials you will need

So let’s take a look at all the different materials you will need to make your own DIY scary bats. You can find all the materials needed at most craft stores. To get started, you will need,

  • Paper Cups
  • Cardboard sheet
  • Plastic safety eyes ( You can use glow in the dark ones for added effect)
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Thin fishing wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue

That’s all you need to make your very own DIY scary bat.Make sure you have a responsible adult with you while doing this project.So lets get started.


First off, let’s make the wings, Place the cup on the cardboard lengthwise, and draw Wings appropriate to the size of the cup. I used¬†220 matte paper for this project because it was just lying around the house. Draw out the wings as shown and cut them out. You can color them black right away too.

Now, we need to attach the wings to the main body. Take the paper cup and close its mouth together as shown in the picture and cut out a V shape. You can cut slits for the wings along the sides too. Now slide the wings through the slit and align them in place. You can put a small pebble inside to give it a little weight, but it is not necessary. Finally, seal the openings and join the V-shaped edges together with some glue as shown.

Now for the legs and ears, Cut out two large triangles and cut them into legs and glue them to the tip of the V-shaped body. Now for the ears cut two eye shapes and glue them to the bottom of the glass as shown. You can also make a mouth the same way as the ears and stick it to the cup. Now the cup is looking more and more like a bat. 


Time to paint. Paint the whole thing in black acrylic paint and let it dry completely. Now you can add details to the eyes, ears and mouth by painting them.Finally let it dry and your DIY bats are finished. These can be stuck to the walls or hanged on trees. To hang the bats use staplers to attach fishing lines at around the middle of each wing and tie them together. now tie a string to that and hang it.Here i am using thick thread so that it will be easier to see, but it is better to use black thread or fishing line to make them invisible at night.give it a small tug and it will look like the bats are flapping their wings.

Later i will show you how you can use an Arduino to make the bats move on their own when someone gets too close. stay tuned till then.

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