How to Make a Paper Flying Bat

A paper flying bat is an easy to accomplish craft that is sure to add a spooky element to your home. You can easily cut and fold to make a whole cave dangle from above. A creepy twist on the traditional paper aeroplane, your flying bat can be thrown to swoop across a room or hung from the ceiling to make an interesting mobile. Hang a few from a ceiling fan and they can even fly in circles overhead.

Fold the top two corners down, making them meet in the centre of the paper. make sure they are lined up properly, otherwise your finished bat will be uneven.

Fold the paper in half, lengthwise.

Fold down the two edges of the paper 3 inches from the edge to make the wings. It should now resemble a simple paper aeroplane.

Cut the webbed design of the bat wings from each of your paper flaps. Trim and round the tail to complete the bat shape.

Press up on the nose of the bat so that it folds into the centre fold of the body. Place a small amount of glue into the bottom to hold the two sides together. If you would like to hang your bat, glue a string into the centre fold.

Allow to dry completely before throwing or displaying. To make the paper bat fly, pinch between your forefinger and thumb and throw as you would a paper aeroplane.


String the bats on fishing line so it will give the illusion they are hovering on air.

Things You'll Need

  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String (optional)
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.