Make an Origami Bat Bookmark

Updated on December 8, 2017
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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 Bookmark
Origami Bat Bookmark

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 Paper Craft
Origami Bat Paper Craft

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 and fold a 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.

Bats for Bookmarks

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 you own personality to the project. Add color paper, punch outs, clipboard sayings, stickers, names or write Happy Halloween on your bookmark.

Glue Bookmark Base to Bat

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?

Do you give treats at Halloween?

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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. Give to 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. The very least is you will have fun making them.

Questions & Answers

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        Rose Jones 4 years ago

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

      • Camden1 profile image

        Camden1 5 years ago

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

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        DuaneJ 5 years ago

        I love origami...Great idea!