Top Halloween craft inspiration website

Craft stores have had their Halloween stuff out since the 4th of July, and I’ve been lulled into a false sense of having tons of time until showtime. Well guess what? IT’S CRUNCH TIME PEOPLE! Sound the alarm, I’ve got to bust out some halloweenie crafts, STAT!

I have an overstock of coffee filters in my house. Tons of them. And we use a permanent coffee filter thingy, so there’s no natural solution to this problem. As usual, crafting is the answer. I needed a fun craft to do with my kids, and I needed to set up certain conditions. Namely, I needed to already own all of the ingredients, because this crafter in on a spending freeze. Sort of. So I went to the Great Oracle Google, typed in the following keywords: “coffee filter Halloween craft” because I’m super creative when it comes to keywords, and up popped a website I’d never seen before:

I quickly settled on the Coffee Filter Vampire Bats, because they met all of my criteria. I had all the stuff, including the mini clothespins that I just HAD TO HAVE when I saw that Julie Ebersole card with the boxers hanging on the clothesline on the cover of Stampington’s Take Ten magazine. Anyway, the bag of clothespins has been sitting here, unopened, since 2005 or so. Don’t judge.

The Kaboose directions were a snap, but, of course, I made some changes. I didn’t use acrylic paint, because who has time for that? I colored the clothespins with a Sharpie. My kids & I got our fingers inky using inkpads directly on the coffee filter:

I cut each coffee filter in half, and then folded each half in half (does that make sense?). I pretended I know what a bat looks like and cut the wings into scallops:

and then squished the middle of the wings and stuck them in the clothespin’s jaws:

I stuck the googlie eyes on with mini glue dots:

My 2-year-old took one look at it and said, “BUTTERFLY!” That’s right, Butterfly of DOOM… here they are hanging out on my autumn wreath:

Total elapsed time for 7 bats: 23 minutes. The most time-consuming part was finding the package of googlie eyes (they were in the box marked “Bling,” not the box marked “Eyelets,” because I’m clever, but not that clever).

While I was at it, I came up with some coffee filter ghosts that were even quicker and easier. Ball up a coffee filter, stick it inside another filter, throw a tiny clear rubberband on there to secure it, add googlie eyes and Sharpie in an expression. Do ghosts have eyebrows? Mine do! has a wealth of craft ideas, and not just for Halloween. In addition, it’s full of parenting advice, recipes, and games for both kids and moms. I’m adding it to my favorites, for when I need a quick idea, or have some time to kill!

Do you have favorite craft inspiration website? Leave a comment and let us know! There’s still time before the big day, and I need some more good ideas!

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-โ€โ€‘supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-โ€โ€‘time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science.

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2 Responses to Halloween craft inspiration website

  1. Jingle October 28, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Your bats are so cute! Thanks!

  2. Amanda October 28, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Dana! I’m Amanda Formaro, craft expert for Kaboose, so glad you liked the bats! I love seeing when someone else has created the crafts, and especially love reading that the instructions were easy. I still have my bats too and my kids loved them ๐Ÿ™‚

    You asked about other sites, I hope you don’t mind me mentioning the site I created years ago? It’s called and has TONS of craft ideas (many of them by me, but i also have plenty from guest crafters) as well as parenting, kid’s recipes, travel, family fun, etc, etc! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also have a few blogs, one on crafting. Halloween is my favorite holiday, followed closely by Christmas.

    Again, your bats are adorable and I’m so glad they worked out! ๐Ÿ™‚