Bats have always lived in dark and mysterious environments, and long been associated with witches and vampires. This legendary creature remains a popular symbol of Halloween, and therefore an essential part of this month’s fun. The spooky little bat pictured above can easily be made and enjoyed by the youngest of merrymakers.
- origami paper (any size, preferably in black, orange or white)
If you are interested in learning about the symbols and basic techniques in origami, click here.
Information about origami history, tips for folding, and shops for buying paper in Toronto can be found here.
If you’re having a party, you can glue these bats on your invitations, decorate the table with them, or tape them to popsicle sticks and put them in arrangements.
1. Begin with white side up and fold in half diagonally.
2. Now fold the triangle in half from one side to another.
3. Like this. Unfold.
4. Fold bottom right corner up to the top point.
5. Then fold back down to the bottom point.
6. Now fold this section in half to meet the bottom edge.
7. Repeat these steps on the other side.
8. Turn over.
9. Fold both layers down to meet the bottom point.
10. Fold both flaps up past the centre line, forming a small triangle above.
11. Now mountain fold the top part of the triangle to the other side.
12. Fold one edge to the centre line, allowing part of the back to flip out near the bottom.
13. Do the same with the other side.
14. Pull apart the two sides to spread out the wings.
Some sites and books which may be of interest:
Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
The Educational Benefits of Origami
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Bat Poet by Randall Jarrell