A Basic Origami Phantom Specialty for Halloween

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Ghost is the perfect origami Halloween decoration for small paper folders. You can make a simple paper ghost in just a few minutes using very simple origami folds — even children who have never done origami before should be able to make this model with a little help from matures.

What you will need
Equipment / Tools

Scissors

Materials

Paper

Instructions

How to make an origami ghost

To create this simple origami ghost, you will need a square sheet of paper, white on both sides. The larger the paper, the easier it will be to fold the project. This guide uses a piece of paper measuring 8-1/2 by 11 inches, cut into pieces measuring 8-1/2 inches by-8-1/2- square inch.

If you plan to fold a ghost as a group activity, it’s best to cut out all the paper before starting. Small children have a low concentration of attention, so you don’t want to make your impatient folders wait longer than necessary! You may also want to have models of each stage of the project on hand so that children can see what their ghost should look like during the folding process.

Make a base for a kite

Fold the paper in half along one of the diagonals to make a triangle. Open up. Fold the left and right sides of the triangle along the middle line, as shown in the photo. In origami, this shape is known as the basis for a kite — it is used to create many different paper folding projects, including the origami love bird.

Fold the corners down

Bend the left and right corners back as shown in the figure.

Somersaults

Turn over your piece of paper. Fold the edges of the triangles you just made in the last step so that they fit snugly against the sides of your ghost. When you’re done, your origami ghost should look like in this photo.

Fold the corners inwards

Fold the left and right corners of the paper in the middle.

Make a ghost head

Slightly bend the upper triangle down. Make an accordion fold where the ghost’s neck should be.

Finish your origami ghost

Turn the paper over again. Fold the bottom point as shown in the photo. Using a black marker, draw the eyes and mouth of your ghost.

Funny fact

While 91 different Japanese words mean ghost, “yurei” is the most common and translates as “dim spirit”.

This cute little origami ghost has many Halloween uses. You can hang it on a window display or stick a popsicle stick on the back, and it will play a major role in a Halloween puppet show. If the ghost is made of a smaller square of paper, it can be added to Halloween treat bags, gift boxes, or party invitations.

If you are looking for more fun origami Halloween decorations for kids, you can also try your hand at making this origami crow.

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