Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

OCTOBER 31: Halloween Crafts, Origami and Fun Facts

What is it about this spooky holiday that inspires us to dress up as witches, ghouls and zombies? Americans love Halloween so much, we spend 2 billion dollars a year on costumes, candy and decorations, making it the second highest grossing holiday (after Christmas, of course).

And what about those crazy giant pumpkins, like the 1,500 pound monster grown by Jake van Kooten of British Columbia, who won $9,000 at California's Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Harvest and Festival? Did he really ship his pumpkin all the way from Canada to California?

If Mr. Kooten's prize money doesn't cover shipping his gourd back to British Columbia, then perhaps he can paddle his pumpkin home, like the good folks at the world's largest pumpkin boat race at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany. Every year enthusiasts don their pumpkin hats and paddle across the moat of a 17th Century castle in 200lb hollowed-out gourds. Between races, visitors can check out the 450 varieties of pumpkins, admire the pumpkin sculptures, and partake in pumpkin pies, stews and curries. Yum. A boat you can eat.

History of Halloween
Unnaturally large squashes aside, Halloween dates back some 2,000 years and in its current form is a mishmash of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals, and of course, modern commercialism. Long before Walmart, October 31 marked the Celtic holiday of Samhain, a harvest festival observing the end of summer, when ancient Celts disguised themselves in costumes and masks and lit bonfires to ward off evil spirits. The harvest holiday was especially important because it marked the seasonal transition between the warm "lighter half" of the year, or the growing season, and the cold, dreary "darker half". This transition from a time of bounty to impending austerity extended into the spiritual world; it was believed that the boundaries between the living and the "otherworld" became especially thin, allowing the dead to pass over into this world.

Samhain and its pagan rituals, and some elements of the Roman festival of Feralia, which honored the dead, became integrated into All Saint's Day and all Soul's Day. In medieval Ireland and Britain, the poor would go from door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the dead, giving rise to "guising", a tradition in which Scottish and Irish children disguised themselves in costumes and went door to door requesting food and coins.

Save on Halloween decorations with these fun, printable Halloween origami and crafts.
Vampire Bat Origami

Bat Origami
Black Cat Origami

Haunted House Origami
Halloween Monster Origami
Monster Mask
Owl Mask
Owl Paper Bag Puppet
Pinwheel Spider
Pumpkin Mask

Pumpkin Box
Skull Mask
Vampire (Dracula) Origami

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Halloween is around the corner, so you'd think that this is a Photoshopped image of a toad ready for a night of Trick-or-Treating in his bat costume.

Except this is not an altered image. This photo was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Peru's Cerros de Arnotape National Park. In an interview with Rainforest Expeditions (blog.perunature.com), Olaya says that "out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open."

The mountainous Cerrros de Arnotape National Park, where Olaya took the photo, is spread out over 90,000 hectares. The park's geography features a combination of dry tropical forests and zones, arid zones, and Andean mountain range ecosystems that support a tremendous amount of biodiversity such as Andean condors, spotted cats, red deer, gray deer, anteaters, spectacled bears, Guayaquil squirrels and scarlet macaws. 

To learn why the bat may have been flying so close to the ground, and what happened to it, read the full article at Rainforest Expeditions.

To fold an origami bat, click here.
To fold an origami frog, click here.
Frog Origami

Halloween Crafts and Origami: Black Cats

Print and Fold a pair of Origami Black Cats for Halloween!

Choose a cat to print:


Difficulty: Easy for Children


1. Print and cut out origami along outer solid lines.

2. Fold back diagonally as shown.

3. Turn your origami over, so that the printed side faces down.

4. Fold ear down diagonally, as shown. Repeat on other side.

5. Fold ear up as shown. Repeat on other side.

6a. Turn origami over with printed side up. Fold back white "tip" on top of cat's head.
6b. Repeat with the white corner on cat's chin.
6c. Now your cat is pau! (done)!

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Vampire Bat Origami

Print and fold a Vampire Bat for Halloween!

 1. Print and cut out Vampire Bat Origami.

 2. With printed side facing down, fold in half along diagonal line, as shown.
3. Fold down along Line A as shown.
4. Fold up along Line B as shown.
5. Fold down along Line C as shown, to reveal bat's head.
6. Fold wing back along diagonal line as shown, to reveal bat's ear, as shown.

7. Fold wing forward along diagonal line. You should be able to see both the bat's ear and its arm.

8. Repeat on other side.

9. Crease back and forth along bat's fingers to create "accordion folds" as shown.

10. Your Vampire Bat Origami is ready to fly!

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Halloween: Pumpkin Mask

Print, cut and add ties...Happy Halloween!

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Halloween: Monster Mask

Print, cut and add ties...Happy Halloween!

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Halloween: Skull Mask

Print, cut and add ties...Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Skeleton

Make an articulated Dangling Skeleton for Halloween:

Difficulty: Easy


  1. Skeleton print out
  2. Scissors
  3. Hole puncher
  4. Paper fasteners


1. Print and cut out skeleton parts along outer lines.

2. Using a hole puncher, punch out red circles on joint tabs.

3. Assemble your skeleton using paper fasteners to secure the joints.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!


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