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How to Make an Origami Bat Bookmark for Halloween

Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Origami bat bookmarks are a fun and festive Halloween treat—without the calories!

Origami bat bookmarks are a fun and festive Halloween treat—without the calories!

What You Will Need

  • Halloween and fall motif papers
  • card stock in mix-and-match fall colors
  • glue
  • various paper-decorating embellishments

Most paper-craft enthusiasts have a healthy stack of papers to work with. Bring out fall colors in card stock and lighter-weight papers for folding.

As you can see from the photos, you can use many styles of print for your bat project. Make the bats first, and then mix and match the strips to match the bat.

Origami Bat Bookmark

Origami Bat Bookmark

Craft Process Summary

  1. Gather together papers in fall colors.
  2. Fold origami bats.
  3. Mix and match paper strips.
  4. Glue bat to base.

Step 1: Gather Craft Papers

Gather together Halloween scrapbook papers

Gather together Halloween scrapbook papers

Step 2: Fold the Origami Bats

Cut a 3 1/2 inch square of practice paper and fold a bat using the video below. Use plain paper to fold your bat before using your Halloween paper.

If you need a bit more help or would prefer step-by-step photos, my in-depth origami bat tutorial will help.

Step 3: Mix and Match Paper Strips

Once you have a few bats folded match them with lengths of card stock. A strip 1 1/2 inch wide fits perfectly into the bat made from 3 1/2 inch squares. You will notice that there is a pocket between the wings of the bat. Put a bit of glue on the tip of the card stock and slip the bat onto the top.

Now you can get creative and add your own personality to the project. Add color paper, punch outs, clipboard sayings, stickers, names or write "Happy Halloween" on your bookmark.

Step 4: Glue Bat to Bookmark Base

Dab glue on decorated strip.

Dab glue on decorated strip.

Top strip with folded bat.

Top strip with folded bat.

What Do You Give at Halloween?

embellishments for fall bookmark

embellishments for fall bookmark

Halloween Bookmarks

Halloween Bookmarks

5 Good Uses for the Origami Bat Bookmark

1. Good classroom activity.

2. Kids' party activity.

3. Gift for your favorite kid friends to encourage reading.

4. Halloween party-bag fillers.

5. Introducing the art of origami to newbies.

Your finished bookmark can be colorful and might induce a laugh or a few ahhhh's. At the very least, you will have fun making them.

© 2012 Sherry Venegas

Paper Crafts for Halloween

Rose Jones on September 13, 2013:

What a unique craft. Pinned to my board "crafts I love."

Camden1 on October 19, 2012:

An origami Halloween bat bookmark would be a fun fall break activity!

DuaneJ on October 18, 2012:

I love origami...Great idea!

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