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Make A Skull Halloween Card

Updated on February 20, 2017
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Sherry has been using origami folds to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet

handmade halloween card
handmade halloween card

Easy to Make Halloween Greeting

This page steps you through the process of making a handmade Halloween card for friends and family. Maybe you have not talked to a relative in a long time and Halloween would be a fun time to touch bases.

I came up with this idea yesterday and I spent last evening drawing skulls I found on the Internet by searching "draw cute skull." If you are sending to guys search, "draw skull" for scarier versions.

A blouse I saw at the Marshall's store gave me the idea and when it is time to sell the cards at Farmer's Market I am going to wear the blouse. It features a skull with butterfly wings behind it. I had seen plenty of bat wing arrangements like this, but the butterflies got me thinking even before I had the blouse paid for. The flying skull is a good Halloween motif.

Being that paper folding is my mode of expression I was thinking about which fold to use to illustrate in a tutorial. I hope I came up with something easy enough for you to follow.


Blouse that was the inspiration
Blouse that was the inspiration

Here is the Blouse

I saw this and immediately thought to use the idea for handmade greeting cards. Follow the instructions for my version, and I have additional ideas I am listing so you can make this one or something totally yours.

1. Make flat butterfly or dragonfly wings.

2. Make accordion fan folds for the wings.

2. Instead of a skull a witch's face could be used.

3. Use a pumpkin face instead of the skull.

4. Make a bright Mexican sugar skull and use serape colors for a background fan on each side of the face.

5. Skip the fall colors and add color or motif for any time of the year.

My First Batch of Skull Greeting Cards

Halloween Greeting Card If you like to Zentangle draw fancy flying wings.
Halloween Greeting Card If you like to Zentangle draw fancy flying wings.

What to Gather for the Card

Basics supplies for the card

A blank 5 X 7 inch card.

Halloween paper for a background.

Two 3 inch squares, and Two 2 1/2 inch squares of Halloween paper for folding.

Scissors, glue, pencil and drawing paper.

image: Amazon.com
image: Amazon.com

K&Company Specialty Paper Pad Brenda Walton Haunted Kraft

I like these brown, tan and black colors for Halloween.

For the folding look for paper that is thin enough to fold easily.

Fold Your Wings

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Cut your four squares in half diagonally. Fold each in half as shown here.With triangle folded bring each lower tip up and crease.Fold each flip back.Open the pre-creased triangle as shown.Put the fold side towards you and fold up to the first crease in the middle.Unfold and fold up to new crease and crease again.Open the triangle up and re-crease at the three folds in the middle. Your piece should look like this.Work with the pre-creases and fold them in till you have this arrangement on top of arrow.Slip the sides underneath the arrow. You are done with the first wing. Make three more.
Cut your four squares in half diagonally. Fold each in half as shown here.
Cut your four squares in half diagonally. Fold each in half as shown here.
With triangle folded bring each lower tip up and crease.
With triangle folded bring each lower tip up and crease.
Fold each flip back.
Fold each flip back.
Open the pre-creased triangle as shown.
Open the pre-creased triangle as shown.
Put the fold side towards you and fold up to the first crease in the middle.
Put the fold side towards you and fold up to the first crease in the middle.
Unfold and fold up to new crease and crease again.
Unfold and fold up to new crease and crease again.
Open the triangle up and re-crease at the three folds in the middle. Your piece should look like this.
Open the triangle up and re-crease at the three folds in the middle. Your piece should look like this.
Work with the pre-creases and fold them in till you have this arrangement on top of arrow.
Work with the pre-creases and fold them in till you have this arrangement on top of arrow.
Slip the sides underneath the arrow. You are done with the first wing. Make three more.
Slip the sides underneath the arrow. You are done with the first wing. Make three more.

Drawing the Cartoon


I have never felt confident with my drawing skills and for this project I used images on the web for practice. I also viewed several videos on the subject.

At right is some of my doodles and the drawing I decided to use for the card.

Draw A Skull Video

I could not find the original video I used for my cartoon but this one I think is from the same artist. I viewed a few and practiced each one. I also practiced on still images.

Using Picasa Tools to Refine the Cartoon


After I had a drawing I liked I scanned it and loaded it into Picasa so I could use the photo tools to make the cartoon look even better.

I used HDRish, Comic Book and Focal B&W. When I was satisfied with the changes I used the print option to get eight copies on cardstock.

I added watercolor to the B&W to match the card I was designing.

May, 2016 Update

Picasa is no longer available and I have not found another online tool for all those looks Picasa had. The new Google Photo Tools is lacking all the free fun edits.

Final Touches to the Halloween Card

Glue a square of craft foam to the back of the skull to give some depth to the design.

This Kwik Seal adhesive caulk is good for keeping the foam glued.

Glue the four wings on the back of the skull, mount on background paper and use photo splits to do the final mounting on the card to avoid wrinkly glue blotches.

© 2013 Sherry Venegas

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    flycatcherrr 3 years ago

    That's such a friendly looking skull and very well done. I just love homemade cards - making or receiving them - at any time of year!

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    Mona 3 years ago from Iowa

    This is sooooo cool! Love it.

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    Wow, you did a super job with this great Halloween Card. Thanks for the wonderful instructions.

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