Origami Bats

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Origami Bat Halloween Decoration
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

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.

What you'll need

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

How to make it

  1. Origami Bats - Step 1

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

  2. Origami Bats - Step 2

    Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.

  3. Step 3 - Origami Bats

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

  4. Origami Bats - Step 4

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

  5. Origami Bats - Step 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.

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