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Video:How to Make an Origami Bat

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Want to try out an easy Halloween craft that will enhance your child's dexterity? Show them how to fold an origami bat, and they'll have a Halloween decoration made completely from folding and cutting a sheet of paper.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make an Origami Bat

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com and I am going to show you how to fold an origami bat.

Halloween Origami Bat Supplies

For this project you need:

  • a piece of origami paper
  • a pair of scissors

Form the Origami Bat Base

Fold the origami paper in half, so that it forms a rectangle. Now, take the top edge and fold it down toward the center to form a triangle. Do this on both sides and fold the flaps back and forth to form a strong crease. Now you can open up the flaps and fold them down inside.

Cut an Arc Through the Origami Bat

Now we will take our scissors and cut a small arc from the edge toward the center of the triangle just like this. Take the other edge that you did not cut and fold it in to the center of the triangle. Now take the flap on the other side and fold it across the piece that you just folded down.

Finish the Origami Bat

Flip the paper over. Take this flap and fold it in toward the center so that it meets up with the edge on the other side. Now, take this piece and open it up. Take the top corner and fold it down. This creates the head of the bat with the ears where we made the cut before. And, as you can see, the origami bat is finished.

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