How to Make an Origami Bat

You don't have to wait until Halloween to get your fill of creepy critters—fold a whole colony of bats and string them into a spooky mobile.

You will need

  • A sheet of square origami paper (6" x 6" / 15 cm x 15 cm)
  • A flat surface

Step 1 Position paper as diamond Position the paper in front of you in a diamond shape with its white side up.

Step 2 Fold bottom corner up Fold the bottom corner up to the top corner.

Step 3 Fold right corner to left and unfold Fold the right corner over to the left corner, crease it, then unfold.

Step 4 Fold right corner to top and then to bottom Fold the right corner up to the top. Then fold the same corner back down to the bottom, creating a smaller triangle.

Step 5 Fold top side of small triangle to bottom Fold the top horizontal side of this small triangle out to the bottom sloping side.

Step 6 Repeat on left side, then flip model Repeat Steps 4 and 5 on the left side, then turn the model over.

Step 7 Fold top corner down Fold both layers of the top corner down to the bottom corner.

Step 8 Fold smaller triangle half above larger triangle Fold both layers back into a smaller triangle that sits half above and half below the larger triangle.

Step 9 Fold protruding portion behind model Fold half of the protruding portion of the triangle behind the model.

Step 10 Fold sloping edges of large triangle to center Fold the two sloping edges of the large triangle to align on the center vertical, allowing the back flaps to flip forward.

Step 11 Pull out loose corners At the bottom of the model, there are two loose corners that extend beyond the top layer. Pinch a corner in each hand and pull them out. Yikes, it’s a bat!