Clothespin Vampire Bats

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Designed by Amanda Formaro


These adorable little blood suckers are easily put together with some paint, a wooden clothespin and some felt. Make a whole bunch of them to line your window sill or put in a circle on the table!

You will need

wooden clothespins or doll pins

round wooden doll pin bases

acrylic paint: black, white and orange

felt: black, red, and glitter

black miniature pom poms in festive colors of your choice (red, purple, green, white)



white craft glue

acrylic sealer (optional)

click here for pattern 

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What you do

Paint bases and clothespins with black acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry, then repeat if needed. Use the handle end of a paint brush to dot on the whites of the eyes. Use the bristle end of the paint brushy to add white fangs. Use a toothpick to add the black dots on the whites of the eyes. Use the handle end of a paint brush to dot on three orange buttons in the center of the body of the clothespin. Use a toothpick to dot on the button holes. Let all paint dry completely before handling. Spray with acrylic sealer (this step is optional but will help your craft last longer). Cut out patterns: red for the cape, black for ears and wings, and glitter black for the bow ties. Cut slit on top of wing where dotted line indicates. Insert wings, flat side up, through the opening in the clothespin. Slide wings upward until the slit fits snugly against the clothespin. Glue the wings in place, you may need to hold it in your fingers for a few minutes while the glue dries. Glue the ears to the back of the bat’s head so that they stick out and can be seen from the front. Glue the bow tie onto the front of the bat at the top of the clothespin body, just before it curves in at the neck. Glue a miniature pom pom to the center of the bow tie. Glue the red cape to the back of the bat, lining up the collar with the neck. Glue around the sides of the neck so that the collar appears to be standing up. Glue the clothespin body into the base and let dry.

From Our Readers

My two boys made these, my 10 year old made the bat and my 8 year old made the Dracula. An adaptation of your vampire bat! They loved make them and they were actually a lot easier than they looked! They added bases to them also by painted a bunch of mini craft sticks and gluing them together. They made them all on their own, the only things I did was cut out the wings and cape and added the hair on Dracula. Thanks for the great craft. 🙂

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Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

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