Making Toilet Paper Tube Bats

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October 17, 2016

black paper batThis craft is a great use for empty toilet paper rolls. These can be used to hold candy, or suspended by a string as a decoration. Depending upon their age, children can help.


Total Time: 10 minutes max

Yield: one bat per roll

Source: Adapted from Practically Functional



  • 1 toilet paper tube
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • 1 sheet scrap white paper
  • black pen or Sharpie
  • tape
  • scissors
Toilet Paper Roll Bats


  1. Cut a piece of black paper to cover the roll. Secure with tape.
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    Toilet Paper Roll Bats
  3. Completely flatten the roll.
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  5. Stand the roll up and fold one side in, creasing at the fold.
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  7. Repeat with the other side.
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  9. Turn the roll over and fold the other side the same way.
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  11. Draw bat wings on the black paper. Have two pieces stacked, when you cut them out, so each wing will be exactly the same.
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    Toilet Paper Roll Bats
  13. Tape the wings to each side of the bat.
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  15. Cut out circles for eyes from the scrap white paper. Fill in with black pen or Sharpie. Tape or glue in place.
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  17. If you are using for candy, secure the top and bottom with tape. Otherwise, you can suspend from a string as a decoration.
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