An Easy Origami Ghost Craft for Halloween

A ghost is the perfect origami Halloween decoration for young paper folders to make. You can make a simple paper ghost in just a few minutes using very basic origami folds—even children who have never done origami before should be able to make this model with a bit of adult assistance.

  • 01 of 07

    Gather Your Supplies

    Origami Ghost
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    To create this easy origami ghost, you will need a square sheet of paper that is white on both sides. The larger the paper, the easier the project will be to fold. This tutorial uses a sheet of 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper cut into an 8-1/2-inch-by-8-1/2-inch square.

    If you're planning on folding the ghost as a group activity, it's best to have all of the paper cut before beginning. Young children have short attention spans, so you don't want to keep your eager folders waiting for any longer than necessary! You may also want to have models of each step of the project handy so the children can see what their ghost should look like as they're in the process of folding.

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    Make a Kite Base

    Origami Ghost
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    Fold your paper in half along one of the diagonals to make a triangle shape. Unfold. Fold the left and right sides of the triangle into the middle line as shown in the photo. In origami, this form is known as a kite base—it's used to make many different types of paper folding projects, including an origami love bird.

  • 03 of 07

    Fold the Corners Down

    origami ghost
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    Fold the left and right corners back as shown.

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    Flip

    Origami Ghost
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    Flip your paper over. Fold the flaps of the triangles you just made in the last step so they lay flat against the sides of your ghost. When you're done, your origami ghost should look like this photo.

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  • 05 of 07

    Fold the Corners In

    Origami Ghost
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    Fold the left and right corners of the paper into the middle.

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    Make the Ghost's Head

    Origami Ghost
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    Fold the top triangle down slightly. Make an accordion fold where the ghost's neck would be.

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    Finish Your Origami Ghost

    Origami Ghost
    Dana Hinders

    Flip your paper over once more. Fold the bottom point over as demonstrated in the photo. Using a black marker, draw eyes and a mouth on your ghost.

This cute little origami ghost has many Halloween uses. You can hang him in a window or tape a Popsicle stick to the back and have him star in a Halloween puppet show. If the ghost is made from a smaller square of paper, he can be added to Halloween treat bags, gift boxes, or party invitations.

If you're looking for more fun origami Halloween decorations for kids to make, you can also try your hand at this origami crow.

Fun Fact

While 91 different Japanese words mean ghost, "yūrei" is the most common, and translates to "dim spirit."