This Origami Bat is made possible with the use of a pair of scissors. Two small incisions are made so the paper can be folded back to give the impression of ears. It’s a great model if you are not opposed to a bit of cutting.
Instructions for an Origami Bat
Start with a square sheet of paper place in “diamond” orientation (balanced on one of its corners).
If you are using origami paper which is colored on one side and white on the back side, then you should start with the white-side facing up. Amazon.com sells black & white origami paper which is perfect for bats and other witch-y stuff.
Fold the paper in half (left to right). Unfold.
Fold the paper in half (top to bottom).
Fold the top-section of the model down. make the fold about 1/3 of the way down. The exactly location doesn’t matter too much.
Fold in the right-side of the model: this will be one of the bat’s wings. The location of the fold is up to personal preference. See next step for explanation.
Fold in the left-side of the model to create the left wing. The flat area between the bat wings will be the head. If you want a wide head/face, fold the wings further apart from one another. Similarly, fold the wings closer together if you want the head/face to be more narrow.
Fold the left wing back out with about half an inch space between the creases.
Repeat on the right side: fold the wing back outwards leaving a bit of paper in between the two folds.
Use a pair of scissors to cut the model to make ears.
Make a mountain fold down the middle of the bat’s body (fold in half so the body comes forward and the wings go backwards).
Crafty ideas: you can make a lot of bats and hang them at a doorway so they dangle and swing as people walk by. Or, you can hang one on the door knobs. To get blood red eyes, place a drop of glue where the eyes are supposed to be located, then sprinkle some red glitter on top of the glue. Wait for it to dry before you move it. Spoooky!