Who says Halloween needs to be expensive?
Paper crafts are a great way of staying cheap for the holiday, and origami is a fun way of doing just that. So many things can be made by simply folding paper squares. So I took the time to hunt over the internet to find some of the easiest to do origami crafts for Halloween. These ideas are so simple I'm planning on using them in my preschool for art activities. The nice thing about using paper is that you can literally make up to 100 of these little figurines without spending anymore than the cost for a packet of paper. If you still feel it would be nice to decorate the origami figures further then add in some glitter, face drawings, and even ribbons. I've already got my place all origami-ed out, and it looks fabulous. Here are seven simple origami ideas to share, and try out on your own or with your children. They'll love it!
Idea #1 Origami Bats
Step 1: Start with a square piece of paper and fold it in half so it forms a triangle. Then from the long end of the triangle fold it up halfway towards the point of the triangle.
Step 2: Fold along the dotted lines in the picture so the points of the "wings" meet the bottom of the "bat's body". Then fold them back out along the dotted lines in the picture to give more shape to the wings.
Step 3: Flip it over, and cut along the dotted lines to create the ears. Then all you need to do is decorate.
Idea #2 Origami Skull
Step 1: Fold the paper in half to form a triangle and then unfold it. Fold the corners in to line up with the center line so it looks like a diamond. Then fold the tip of the diamond down as indicated in the picture by the dotted line to meet the two corners you folded inwards. After that fold along the next dotted line to have the bottom of the diamond meet the top. Then fold down again along the dotted line in the final picture of step 1.
Step 2: Flip the figure over and fold the triangle at the bottom up and down as indicated by the dotted lines in the picture of step 2.
Step 3: Continue folding the triangle up and down on the front of the figure to make the teeth of the skull. Use glue to hold it in place. Then decorate your skull with a face.
Idea #3 Origami Bones
Step 1: Fold the paper in half, and unfold. Then fold the edges inward to meet the center line. Do this 2 more times till you have a long thin strip.
Step 2: Slightly open one end of the strip and fold it back onto the strip to form one end of the bone. Do the same with the other end. Then fold the corners as indicated by the dotted line in pic 2 of step 2 to give shape to the bone ends. Cut a small triangle out of the ends as indicated by the final picture in step 2, and you should have something that looks like the picture at the bottom.
Idea #4 Origami Cat
Step 1: Fold into a triangle, and the fold the corners as indicated in pic 2 of step 1 down to meet each other at the tip of the triangle. Follow the dotted lines in the third picture of step 1 to fold those edges up again to make the cat's ears.
Step 2: Fold the triangle between the cat's ears downward to make the head flat. Then fold the edges at the bottom slightly up to make the face smaller.
Step 3: Flip it over and decorate!
Idea #5 Origami Ghosts
Step 1: Fold a square in half, and then unfold. Fold the edges in to meet the center line as indicated in pic 2 of step 1. Then repeat one more time. Fold the top down to meet the center line as indicated by pic 3 and 4 of step 1.
Step 2: Fold the bottom up at a slight angle, and then fold down at another slight angle.
Step 3: Flip it over and decorate!
Idea #6 Origami Mummy
Step 1: Start with a full 8x11 sheet of paper and fold it like a fan at big angles all the way down.
Step 2: Flip it over and fold the edges in to the center line. Then fold the corners at a slight angle to give shape the mummy's face.
Step 3: Flip back over and decorate!
Idea #7 Origami Pumpkin
This one's a bit tough so here goes my best attempt at trying to explain it.
Step 1: Fold and unfold along the dotted lines in pic 1 of step one, and then fold in half to form a triangle. You should have one open edge, and one closed edge. Tuck the smaller corners of the triangle inside of the open edge to form another square with 4 open edges.
Step 2: Take one flap of one side and fold it as indicated by the dotted lines in pic one of step 2, and then repeat this on the same edge with the reverse side of the figure.
Step 3: Open the flaps of both sides and flatten with the two big edges on either side of the small folds you just created. Open the small folds, and flatten them also, and then fold all corners backwards. The top ones are to be folded directly to the center of the backside. The side ones are only folded partially back to give shape to the pumpkin. Then fold the edges as indicated by the dotted lines in pic 2 of step 3 back as well. Use some glue to keep everything in place, and decorate the face.
Annemari from Tiny part of the World on November 12, 2012:
This is one of the most beautiful origamis' I've ever seen.
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on October 25, 2012:
What an interesting hub! I never thought of using origami to make Halloween decorations. They look really nice. Excellent instructions too!
jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on September 26, 2011:
Wow, these are fantastic halloween ideas. I love them all and have bookmarked to use. My daughter will love these designs and your step by step instructions make it look so simple and fun to make. Thanks so much for sharing. Absolute genius. Voted up and awesome.
Marsha H from My Retro Kitchen in NY on September 25, 2011:
As I was scrolling down the page I kept changing my mind on which I liked best. Guess I can't pick a favorite, these are all great.
It's been a long time since I've tried my hand origami, but these may inspire me to give it another try.
Bookmarked and +vote up.