Origami Skull Instructions – Easy DIY for Kids

Origami skulls are easy-to-make Halloween craft for children. With just a few basic folds and some cleverly placed cuts, kids can transform a single sheet of paper into a favorite symbol of Halloween.

The skull can be worn as a mask by punching holes in each side and stringing the thread through them to secure the mask on the child’s head. Alternatively, you could glue or tape a flat paint stirrer to the mask so your child could simply hold it in front of his or her face.

When Halloween is over, kids can make origami skulls to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). This Spanish holiday is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd to honor the spirits of friends and family members who have passed away. The occasion is marked with parades, dances, special meals, and small trinkets left at the graves of loved ones. It is a national holiday in Mexico but frequently celebrated in the United States as well.

Make a Square Sheet of Paper

Origami Skull


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This project requires a square sheet of paper. To turn an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper into a square, fold the upper right hand corner down so the edge touches the left hand side of the page. Fold this triangle over so it touches the right hand side of the page. Fold the bottom rectangle portion upward. Unfold this last fold and cut through the line with scissors to reveal your square 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch paper.

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Skulls on earrings? HELL YEAH! (DIY Awesomeness)

Wire Wrapped Skull Earrings

Skull earrings

A wire wrapped chain of skulls make stunningly different shoulder duster earrings.  © Lisa Yang

 These petite howlite skull beads are perfect for Halloween but can work any time of the year thanks to the sophesticated shoulder duster styling and crystal dangles. And the best part is that they only require basic wire wrap skills and tools.  Their casual style doesn’t require obsessive attention to detail so they are perfect for a less experienced wire wrapper.

These finished earrings are over 4 inches long, but yours don’t have to be that long. Wrap only three skulls for a shorter pair or one if you prefer a more dainty dangle.  For whatever reason, drop earrings tend to feel more balanced with an odd number of beads – but don’t take my word for it.  Try it out for yourself and see what feels right to you.

For more spooky projects, check out this list of free Halloween inspired beadwork and jewelry making projects.

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Day of the Dead Craft Projects

Day of the Dead Crafts

Create sugar skulls and more for Day of the Dead!.  Wendy Connett/ Getty Images

Celebrate the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) festival by making decorations, altars and traditional sugar skulls. There are many other crafty ways to celebrate the day. Day of the Dead crafts use bright and vibrant themes and can be a fun alternative to spooky Halloween crafts.

Here is a round up of some of the Day of the Dead crafts for you to enjoy:

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20 Spooky Skull DIYs Perfect For Halloween

 A Beautiful Mess

Halloween will be here before you know it, which means it is time to start getting ready! Once you have figured your costume for Halloween, you will need to transform your home into a haunted mansion by decorating it with some creepy but fun holiday decor. ​By adding a creepy skull or two to your decor this fall, you can easily turn your home into a haunted mansion perfect for your Halloween party this fall. Here are 20 DIY skull ideas perfect to add an eerie feeling to your home this Halloween.

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