In this post, I’m going to show you a super easy and super simple Fall craft – Halloween Origami!
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What is Origami?
As you may know, origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. The word origami literally comes from the Japanese for ‘to fold’ and ‘paper’ – oru (to fold) and kami (paper).
By folding the paper in different ways it is possible to create some very detailed and unique models. The techniques vary from very easy to extremely complicated!
There’s a big debate about whether you are allowed to cut the paper during the origami process. Strictly speaking, the answer is no! If you’ve cut the paper, then it’s not true origami.
But I’m a rebel…! I’ve broken the rules a bit to include some Halloween paper folding ideas that do involve cutting. Oh well… rules are made to be broken!
The supplies for origami projects are pretty simple… paper!
You can use regular paper, but really you need to use origami paper, as it is precut into squares and thinner (therefore easier to fold) than regular paper.
When my kids and I first decided to start doing origami I looked for origami paper at a few local stores (including local craft stores) and I couldn’t find it anywhere!
Amazon to the rescue!
There’s a MASSIVE selection of origami paper on Amazon in lots of different size and colors. It’s also pretty cheap (under $15 for 1,000 sheets!).
However, there is some HORRIBLE quality origami paper on Amazon, so you do have to be careful which you pick. Here are some of the packages that I would recommend.
Note: Black origami black is not normally included in the smaller bulk packs, so you will need to buy the black paper separately. Also, make sure that it is double-sided paper, sometimes it will be black on one side, but white on the other.
The Halloween Origami ideas below involve a mixture of skill levels. I’ve rated each project idea from Beginner to Experienced.
Beginner: Suitable for younger children (5+) with adult help or older children (8+) on their own.
Intermediate: Some previous origami experience is a plus, but not needed. These origami projects are suitable for older kids (8+) and teens.
Experienced: These projects can be tricky and require some previous origami experience. They have some folds that are difficult and will require some focus and attention to detail. Most suitable for teens and adults, however, older children (8+) could do it with adult help.
Halloween Origami Ideas
So here is the part that you’ve been waiting for! The Halloween origami ideas! There are 9 different ideas below… I hope you like them!
Nothing says "Halloween" more than a coffin and this YouTube origami coffin is no exception! It's a fun fold and you end up with a spooky coffin that you could use to decorate or just give as a little gift to friends.
There are a couple of steps that are slightly difficult, so I'll rate this one: INTERMEDIATE
I love these little bats and they are pretty simple to fold too! Don't they look great as cupcake toppers? If you are sending in a sweet treat to your child's classroom for Halloween, then why not decorate with these origami bats!
Pretty easy, so I'd say this one is suitable for: BEGINNER
Another origami pumpkin, but a little different this time! This one has almost a 3D effect with the eyes and mouth of the Jack O Lantern. Here you can see it's been stuck to the front of a fun Halloween card.
Some of the steps are a little harder to do, although generally, it's an easy project. So I'll rate it: INTERMEDIATE
OK, so this is one of those "rule-breaking" Halloween origami ideas! It's not strictly origami because you need to cut it out AND also use a glue stick! So really it's just a papercraft, but it's so cute, I had to include it!
Younger kids might need help with some steps (like cutting out), but generally, it's very easy and straight forward, so I'm rating it: BEGINNER
This is another Halloween paper project that isn't strictly an origami but I just thought it was too original not to include! It even comes with a folding pattern template to help you achieve this look.
Relativity easy, but does require a lot of folds and instructions: INTERMEDIATE