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Origami Ghost and Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Best Origami Ghost Pattern


I took the basic origami ghost pattern and dressed it up for a better high flying ghost for the fall season. Cute as Casper and easy enough for older kids.

I have ideas for displaying the ghost and giving it tweaks so each one looks unique. The decorator can create a display with ghosts flying in many directions.

Ghosts are not just for Halloween they can fly for Day of Dead and well into the fall season.

Get some paper and start with the origami ghost pattern that follows below.


A Finished Origami Ghost

ghost origami instructions
ghost origami instructions

For the Halloween or Autumn party, fly ghosts as party place settings.

Ghost Origami Instructions

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Fold a square two ways diagonally.Turn paper over. Fold sides toward center fold.Fold sides toward center at opposite point, as shown.Finished pre-folds.Open up square and note the pre-folds. Put thumb and index fingers of both hands under the paper at the points marked by the black cats. Pinch the cats together and guide the pre-folds (dashes) into the center.
Fold a square two ways diagonally.
Fold a square two ways diagonally.
Turn paper over. Fold sides toward center fold.
Turn paper over. Fold sides toward center fold.
Fold sides toward center at opposite point, as shown.
Fold sides toward center at opposite point, as shown.
Finished pre-folds.
Finished pre-folds.
Open up square and note the pre-folds. Put thumb and index fingers of both hands under the paper at the points marked by the black cats. Pinch the cats together and guide the pre-folds (dashes) into the center.
Open up square and note the pre-folds. Put thumb and index fingers of both hands under the paper at the points marked by the black cats. Pinch the cats together and guide the pre-folds (dashes) into the center.
ghost origami
ghost origami

Origami Ghost Pattern


Your project should now look like this.

Ghost Origami Pattern Continued

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Your project should look like this.Turn over and fold up bottom tip halfway up underlying tab.At this newest fold make another 1/4 inch fold where the witches are pointing.Turn the ghost over. This is now the back of the figure. The head starts at the new double fold. Fold down the top tip to form the top.At this point make two more folds at random angles.For the bottom tail start with a diagonal fold. Fold it any witch way.The flying tail gets the random treatment.Turn the ghost over to the front.Do the same kind of random folding for the two tabs. The tabs become the arms of the ghost.Draw in some droopy eyes of any shape and angle.
Your project should look like this.
Your project should look like this.
Turn over and fold up bottom tip halfway up underlying tab.
Turn over and fold up bottom tip halfway up underlying tab.
At this newest fold make another 1/4 inch fold where the witches are pointing.
At this newest fold make another 1/4 inch fold where the witches are pointing.
Turn the ghost over. This is now the back of the figure. The head starts at the new double fold. Fold down the top tip to form the top.
Turn the ghost over. This is now the back of the figure. The head starts at the new double fold. Fold down the top tip to form the top.
At this point make two more folds at random angles.
At this point make two more folds at random angles.
For the bottom tail start with a diagonal fold. Fold it any witch way.
For the bottom tail start with a diagonal fold. Fold it any witch way.
The flying tail gets the random treatment.
The flying tail gets the random treatment.
Turn the ghost over to the front.
Turn the ghost over to the front.
Do the same kind of random folding for the two tabs. The tabs become the arms of the ghost.
Do the same kind of random folding for the two tabs. The tabs become the arms of the ghost.
Draw in some droopy eyes of any shape and angle.
Draw in some droopy eyes of any shape and angle.
Paper fold ghost
Paper fold ghost

Shape Up the Ghost Using Your Imagination

All that is left to do is gently pull the top, tail and arms into positions that appeal to you. Ghosts can sit on a table, hang on the porch and added to a wooden craft loop for a mobile.

Hanging the Ghost

Tie a bead, small screw, small tree branch bit, a toothpick to fish line or thread. Thread it on a needle to pierce the ghost. Bring it through and tie a loop for hanging.

Paper ghost hangup
Paper ghost hangup

Each of your ghosts can look different by making the random folds, putting different expressions into the eyes, and hanging them at various angles.

The gold and silver papers offered below can be ghosts flying among leaves in many fall colors.

Origami ghosts

Origami ghosts
Origami ghosts

Using the Origami Ghost

How have you used the origami ghost?

© 2011 Sherry Venegas

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How cute! I've always liked ghost decorations for Halloween. Great instructions! (Pinned!)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      These are funny and easy to reproduce, great lens

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      An origami Ghost -- what fun. You're right -- ghosts aren't just for Halloween!

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      There is still the unknown ghost lurking around. I've never seen this before-great ideas.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      These little guys are just too cute. What a great family activity.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      What I love about origami is that everyone enjoys it, there's no mess, glue or scissors needed and it's 3-dimensional. At first, I couldn't imagine how you'd do an origami ghost - but these are amazing! Leave it to you paperfacets to have mastered how to 'fold' a ghost. Keep 'em coming.

      Sincerely,

      Rose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these are so cool - thank you for sharing it

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Nice looking piece of origami, thanks for the instructive lens!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This would be a fun activity for the whole family making the origami ghosts to put around the house.