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Halloween Craft: Origami Bats

Origami Bats

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Haunt your halls with a colony of these denizens of the dark. They can just hang around, or they can take wing as a bat mobile - tape several to pieces of monofilament and string them from a small branch.


  • Black paper (construction or scrapbook paper works best) cut into 8- by 8-inch squares
  • Scissors
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint


Origami Bats - Step 1

1. Fold an 8- by 8-inch square of black paper into a triangle.

Origami Bats - Step 2

2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.

Step 3 - Origami Bats

3. Fold each side flap in along the inner lines shown here, then back out along the outer lines, to form dimensional wings.

Origami Bats - Step 4

4. To create ears, use scissors to cut a notch along the top, between the wings.

Origami Bats - Step 5

5. Flip the bat over and add eyes with glow-in-the-dark paint. To give the body dimension, make a vertical crease down the center.

Amazing Bat Facts

Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species.

As mammals, bats nurse their babies.

Thailand's bumblebee bat, weighing less than a penny, is the world's smallest mammal.

Some flying-fox bats of the Tropics have wingspans of up to 6 feet!

Hundreds of plant species rely on bats to pollinate them.

Like cats, bats spend lots of time grooming their fur.