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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.

Instructions

  • 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!
  • FACT: Did you know? Tropical bats pollinate flowers and drop seeds for many trees—including bananas, mangos, nuts, dates, and figs.

You Will Need

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

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