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Make Origami Bats for Halloween

Updated on May 16, 2017
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Sherry has been using origami folds to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet

Easy Paper Fold Origami Bat

Halloween origami bat crafts for kids is a good time to introduce the friendly bat to children. Even when it is not Halloween the bat is a special animal to many people. There is a lot to find out.

Take the City of Austin. Their Mexican free-tail bat immigrants are a source of income and jobs for many in the city. There is a special bat kiosk, river cruise, and Segway rental tour to see the bats emerge nightly, March through November. The bats eat tons of bugs every summer evening making Austin City nights a tourist attraction.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has it's own bat cave and bat flight program every summer evening.

My first encounter with the bat was at my Uncle Reuben and Aunt Violet's house on a Minnesota farm. I was about eight and from the California suburbs. The bat was in the house and of course caused a bit of a stir. All the men in the house were doing what they could to get it out. Aunt Violet had a pillow over her head and vocalizing fright, I'm sure, to give the whole scene extra drama.

Halloween or not, bats are an attraction. Get your origami bat pattern for Halloween below and enjoy this easy paper craft.


Instructions for Making Paper Bats

This origami craft is for beginners and easy enough for kids. If you are having a Halloween party for the kids use the bat pattern for an activity. All you will need is brown, gray or black construction paper and same puffy paint in a pointed squeeze tube for the eyes. The kids will have something to take home to show Mom and Dad.

This bat is from the paper book "Paper Folding Made Easy" by Kris Mason. (See bibliography below.)

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Halloween Bat Origami Instruction

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Start with a perfect square in black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your fancy for Halloween.Turn paper over and fold twice side to side.Collapse into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.Bring the top right flap down and under to the center. Do the same to the left side.Your project should look like this.Fold the top down to form a bat face.With a scissors cut a slit on each side to the points indicated with each arrow. This will form the ears.The ears will stand up and the folded tip is the bat face.
Start with a perfect square in black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your fancy for Halloween.
Start with a perfect square in black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your fancy for Halloween.
Turn paper over and fold twice side to side.
Turn paper over and fold twice side to side.
Collapse into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.
Collapse into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.
Bring the top right flap down and under to the center. Do the same to the left side.
Bring the top right flap down and under to the center. Do the same to the left side.
Your project should look like this.
Your project should look like this.
Fold the top down to form a bat face.
Fold the top down to form a bat face.
With a scissors cut a slit on each side to the points indicated with each arrow. This will form the ears.
With a scissors cut a slit on each side to the points indicated with each arrow. This will form the ears.
The ears will stand up and the folded tip is the bat face.
The ears will stand up and the folded tip is the bat face.

You Have An Origami Bat

Origami Bat
Origami Bat

Use a punch to make ears and feet. Bring out bright puffy paint with narrow tips to make the eyes. Last cut scallops on the bottom of the wings.

A Book About Bats for grades 1-4.

Cactus Cafe: A Story of the Sonoran Desert - a Wild Habitats Book (with poster and bat stuffed animal toy)
Cactus Cafe: A Story of the Sonoran Desert - a Wild Habitats Book (with poster and bat stuffed animal toy)

Use the bat pattern and pair with a brief lesson or read a book about bats.

 

What Should You Do with Origami Bats?

Origami bats are a good go-with for class lessons. Black, brown and grey construction paper in squares is all you need. A bat poster to display with the kids bats pinned beside will remind them of the facts they learned.

A showcase of origami bat ideas. I also had fun with the origami bat as the showcase webpage below illustrates.

...The Artful Halloween Origami Bat

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Origami halloween bats
Origami halloween bats

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Get a copy of Ernst Haeckel's plate #67 at Amazon.com

Ernst Haeckel brought bats to homes with this artist's Plate. Art and nature lovers in the late 19th century ordered his subscription and received each month ten plates of zoology illustrations for their curiosity and pleasure.

If you lived in Victorian cities these bats may have been a curiosity indeed.


Kitchen Style Origami Bat
Kitchen Style Origami Bat

Make Your Kitchen Bats

One year I made these kitchen bats for hanging. Make a tiny bat and you have the batty cook cookbook bookmark.

Made of shelf paper easily available at the Big Lots store. They are especially cute animals featuring red crystal eyes and vintage buttons so they can be hung together or flown separately.

Decorate your kitchen all year round and let them loose during Halloween for your own house drama for adults and grandchildren.

One Way to Use Kitchen Bats

What have you used your origami bats for?

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Tell us what you want to do with origami bats next year.

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  • Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

    I agree with @Evelyn, I think they would do well in a classroom or as an activity for kids after a storytime.

  • Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

    I could definitely see a few origami bats hanging out at my house ;)

  • printabledolls 5 years ago

    decorations for my house!

  • Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

    Paper folded bats would be fun to make in the after school program where I work. Thank you so much for the suggestion. :)

How To Origami Bat Bookmark
I am having more fun with origami bats. The origami paper bats I have made into bookmarks have been as fun as a cave full of bats at sunset. Nothing excites...

Kris Mason Book

The bat is in this book and other ideas for kids. See my review at Artful Origami Bats.

The author liked the fun I am having with this easy bat pattern. She has many ideas in this paper folding book.

Bibliography

Mason,Kris. Paper Folding Made Easy. 700 East State Stareet, Iola, Wisconsin:

Krause Publications, 2002.

Hope you enjoyed the Origami Bat Paper Folding Halloween Craft Idea for Kids of All Ages

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    LoriBeninger 3 years ago

    This will be going on my Pinterest Halloween Board for certain!

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    Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

    I like the batty cook cookbook bookmark. :) This could be used year-round, not just for Halloween!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Ran across this page while rambling-would love to use these bats next year!

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    Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

    These are totally adorable ... even if they are bats. :)

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    sousababy 5 years ago

    You really are extremely gifted, I love how easy you make this all seem to do. Your ghost lens impressed me too. Keep 'em coming.

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