Introduction: How to Fold an Origami Batarang From the Dark Knight

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In this Origami lesson I will be teaching you how to fold your very own Batarang, modeled after the one in The Dark Knight trilogy. This is a very simple origami design and should take you only 15-20 minutes. I soon hope to include a how-to video, so keep watching for updates! I recommend that you use either a solid black square or single sided black paper. There’s a really good deal at Hobby Lobby where you can get a 2ft. wide roll of single sided black paper for $5! It’s in a section where they call it “Bulletin Board paper” but it works great for origami. And if you use their weekly 40% off coupon it’s only $3! The brand is called Fadeless Papers. So, ready to get started?!

Step 1: How to Video Newly Uploaded!

The video should help you fold the design better than the instructable, but use whatever way you think best.

Step 2: The Preliminary Folds

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I’m using blue paper in this tutorial because it shows the creases better, but like I said before I recommend you use black paper. Begin with the white side up. Fold and unfold the paper horizontally both ways. Then fold and unfold the paper diagonally both ways, but this time leave the top flap down. Now take the top corner up to the top and make a mark fold. Then unfold and bring the corner to that mark, making another mark fold. Now take the paper and match your latest mark fold flush with the top, creasing well. Repeat on the other side, and then completely unfold the paper.

Step 3: Forming the Bat’s Tail

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Now take the paper and using the crease shown in the photo fold it flush with the middle crease line. Unfold. Then fold up the paper at the very same crease, and fold down the paper along the crease you made previously. After that, fold the top of the paper back to what it was at the end of step 2.

Step 4: Creating the Wings

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Now make a fold from the tip of the right wing to a point in-between two creases. I highlighted the two creases because it’s hard to see them in the photo. Unfold and repeat on the left. This next part can be a little tricky, but just pay close attention. Using the two creases we just made, we are going to reverse fold them, pushing the paper inward. The last photo should be your end result.

Step 5: Folding the Head

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Start by taking the point and valley folding and it down to the crease shown. Unfold. Then using the crease you just made, fold it down flush with the same crease as before. Unfold. Now valley fold the paper on each side from the marked X’s to a point on the latest crease you just made. Refer to the photo for the best description of how to do it. Then mountain fold the paper at the top inside the model, which the point will then rise up. Lastly, valley fold the corner downward and turn the model completely over.

Step 6: Finishing the Wings

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Now you’re going to make a zig-zag fold on each wing. The last photo should be your end result. Turn the model over.

Step 7: Shaping the Batarang

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In this step you’re going to make some small valley folds all along the model as shown. Just curl the paper over a little at each point shown so it gives the model a more curved look. Don’t press the folds down completely or it will rip. Turn the model over.

Step 8: Finished!

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Now your Batarang is finished! If you liked this tutorial be sure to check out my Instructables page. There I have lots of other fun origami tutorials like my Batman v Superman: Origami Batarang. Also, I’m entered into the Paper-Crafting Contest, so don’t forget to vote!


zachlacr (author)2017-05-01

The wings are almost imposible.

Folda Fett (author)zachlacr2017-05-02

Yeah, it can take some practice, but maybe when I post a video it will help clear that up. Thanks for commenting.

tr0lldr0id made it! (author)2017-04-07

here's my second try. sorry about the tape. I thought some on the back would help keep the wings a little flatter, but it just curved them back so I had to add some on the front too l:(

Folda Fett (author)tr0lldr0id2017-04-07

Not bad! Don't get frustrated if it doesn't look exactly like the origami creator's, because I have been folding for almost 4 years now and my origami looked pretty bad for the first six months. A good tip is that you want to do every fold as good as you possibly can, because any mistakes you make early on get compounded as you fold along. Happy Folding!

Scratchy1024 (author)2017-03-26

Very nice design, Btw personally love and use that origami font you used at the end.

Folda Fett (author)Scratchy10242017-03-31

Yeah, I love that origami font too. Thanks for commenting!

Marc56 (author)2017-03-26

A lot of easy weekend with the grandson , thank you

Folda Fett (author)Marc562017-03-31

No problem. I would love to see a photo of what you two come up with. Happy Folding!

KrisaCreations (author)2017-03-25

Cool origami! Voted! ^-^

Thanks for voting!

mlacerda (author)2017-03-27

Is this bat a rang flies? I mean, like a boomerang or quite boomerang?

Folda Fett (author)mlacerda2017-03-31

Sorry, not really. I suppose if you made it out of some thick cardstock it might hurt someone though. Like, a toddler. Maybe. But thanks for commenting!

tr0lldr0id made it! (author)2017-03-31

Well, I didn't do a very good job, but here's my first attempt

PS I tried to vote for you, but the little button thing wasn't being cooperative on my iPod. :( so I'll do that on the computer later

Folda Fett (author)tr0lldr0id2017-03-31

Nice try! when I post a how-to video it will be a lot easier to follow the directions.

MikeS129 (author)2017-03-27

Good luck

SlugMamma (author)2017-03-27

Very nice! I voted for you!

62967 (author)2017-03-27

thanks for that

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