DIY: Halloween Egg Carton Bats and Leaf Ghosts (Kids Craft)


This year I’ve made a few fall themed items – fall wreath, a button tree art, and a swirly pumpkin & leaf garland –  but I realized none of them screamed Halloween. :) It was time to make something. My kids and I recently did two fun Halloween crafts. We made cute bats out of an egg carton and adorable ghosts from leaves. Both projects are easy and kid friendly. I originally saw the bats on Enchanted Learning. I found the leaf ghosts on Disney’s Family Fun website. I thought hanging them together would look spooky cool in a cutesy kind of way. :)


The materials used for the bats were an egg carton, scissors, black paint, paintbrush, googly eyes, glue and ribbon.


The materials used for the ghosts were artificial (maple shaped) leaves, white paint, paintbrush, black marker, glue and ribbon.

GhostLeavesMaterials Want to know how to make egg carton bats and leaf ghosts?! Here’s the tutorial? The Bats EggCartonBatsCutCloseup1

I cut out 3 cups from an egg carton. I then cut the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.


My two daughters and I painted them black. We painted one coat.


We glued the googly eyes after the paint was dry. I glued ribbon to the top of each bat so we could hang them.


The Ghosts are leaves we used are from my local dollar store. I painted the leaves white on both sides. The leaves needed 2 coats of paint. The kids and I drew ghostly eyes and mouths. Aren’t they cute?! I especially love how my kids insisted the ghosts’ mouths had to look like they were saying “Booo…oooo!”


Have you made any Halloween crafts with your kids?!

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)

Find other similar projects:


Monster Paper Lanterns


Turkey Cups


Paper Owl Rolls


Paper Easter Cones


Swirly Pumpkin Garland


Party Cup Craft


  1. Another winner!!! We’ll be doing these next week, for sure!!! Thank you!

  2. Great craft! I saw this on Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Linky

  3. ADORABLE!!!!!! Just popping in from TT&J :)

  4. Super cute and original idea!! I love it and I have all the things on hand so we may be doing this this weekend! Thanks for sharing. Saw you on TT&J!

  5. This is so adorable!!

    Thanks for linking up!I featured your post on my wrap up!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. so simple but SO adorable! :)


  8. This is great! Such a great craft and fun decoration!

  9. This is amazingly creative :)) I found ya on Made by you Mon and officially subscribed with smiles to ya blog :)) Great blog you have here..
    Ps: I would love to invite you to join over 50 bloggers plus go PINK FOR CURE on Oct 30th..Painting the blog world pink a day and spreading the word on awarness, hope and faith for Breast Cancer..Would love for you to stop in and have a look..Hope u can join in :)) TY *

  10. I did this craft and blogged about it…thanks for the cute craft idea!!

  11. These are super cute! What a fun craft to do with the kiddos!
    ~Kimberlee at SD

  12. So cute idea for Halloween! thanks for sharing.

  13. Found this on Pinterest and am making this with my 3 year old for a halloween/October craft next week. Thanks for sharing!

  14. james mathew says:

    good good good

  15. Mitzie Galligan says:

    Love it!!

  16. This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to try and put something similar together in the next few days! Thanks for sharing! @ASuburbanMom

  17. Thanks for this idea. We’ll be making them during Autumn Animal Antics Week!

  18. This is such a cute idea! I’ve featured it in my 15 Halloween Kids Crafts Round-Up. You can find the post here:


  19. VERY cute idea! I also love that light!

  20. Aww. I love these!! I love that you hung them with adorable ribbon, too. I shared them on my blog here:

  21. can’t wait to try both these ideas!

  22. Hi, I’m French and I find your tutorial on Pinterest !
    This afternoon, we were doing bats with my kids and some ghosts with milk bottles…
    And on my blog, I’ve post a link to there for explain how to do the bats !


  23. Great Crafts!! I am going to do them with my Girl Scouts tonight!

  24. Very cute. I love your step by step photos.

  25. Inspired Design says:

    I love this craft and am thinking of doing it for a class project. How long does the paint take to dry?

  26. So, i just tried using styrofoam egg cartons and black spray paint. the paint makes the styrofoam disintegrate. Just an FYI. Maybe point out, be sure to use the cardboard egg cartons. My son still had a good time spray painting. Next dozen will be from a cardboard egg carton. Thanks for the fun ideas!

    • Hi Melanie – Thanks for sharing your experience. Spray painting the egg cartons is a good idea but I can see why it doesn’t work for styrofoam egg cartons. I did not use spray paint. I used cardboard egg cartons and acrylic paint. I’m glad your son still had a good time.

  27. So my son is awesome. he said the bats need teeth so we used the part we cut off for the wings and made fangs. Pretty spooky!

  28. Adorei!
    Sou do Brasil e achei lindo mesmo aqui não se comemorar essa data com tanta intensidade como vocês…bjs

  29. This is such a cute decorations. I don’t have a black chandelier though but purchased some Fall ribbon over the weekend..will see if I can do one before I go spend money for the googley eyes. I was looking for bats last week in Michael’s but didn’t find them, but will try another location or A.C. Moore. I don’t have any young kids anymore; my youngest grandchild is 16..

  30. What a great idea, I love it, so simple but really looks good.

  31. I am ALWAYS looking for kid friendly crafts to do, especially as the weather gets a little cooler. Excellent tutorial! Thank you.

  32. valleycat1 says:

    Cute idea. We will do some of the bats from the egg cartons, just to kill some time and practice painting skills. But I realized the leaf shape could be used for both bats and ghosts if you invert them. Use the bottom point of the leaf for the ghost face, and use the base of the leaf for the bat face – you can trim off the bottom point of the leaf if you want a more horizontal bat shape – older kids can do that part themselves.


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