How to Make Easy Origami Ghost (Folding Instruction + Video)

It’s time we make some crafts for our Halloweeny friends, and what is more spooky than ghosts? Learn how to make an easy origami ghost with our step-by-step instructions and video tutorial.

how to make origami ghost

Remember Casper, the friendly ghost we all loved in our childhood? I certainly do, and whenever I try to imagine a spirit, I imagine Casper. Today, I was thinking of making an origami ghost for Halloween. Guess what? I ended up making Casper. 

Then I thought, why not make an entire origami ghost family, the family our lonely Casper never had. It felt good to give Casper a family, even though it was just origami. I hope you’ll feel the same affinity I felt after making this paper ghost family craft.

We know many of our Halloween friends are occasional crafters. So, we made the ghost craft easy for them. This origami project is super beginner-friendly and a great activity to engage kids as well.

Of course, these origami ghosts would go perfectly as Halloweendecors and props. But do we really need an occasion to craft ourselves some friendly ghosts? This origami is also great for practicing paper folding if you’re a beginner at origami folding.

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How to make an Origami Ghost

List of Supplies


  • A pair of scissors
  • Gel pen or sharpie


  • White craft paper
  • Colored craft paper
  • Craft glue

The craft costs less than a dollar. You can make a bunch of origami ghosts using a few white papers and it won’t even cost a dollar.

Step by Step Folding Instructions

Step 1: Base Creases

Prepare a piece of square paper. Fold the paper in half, diagonally, and then unfold it.

Fold any one side of the square paper along the diagonal crease.

Step 1: Base Creases

Step 2: Base Creases

Now, fold the adjacent side along the diagonal crease; this will join both sides together along the diagonal crease. Unfold the last 2 folds.

Similarly, fold and unfold the opposite adjacent sides along the same diagonal crease.

Step 2: Base Creases

Step 3: Base Folding

Carefully join the 2 corners (not the 2 corners of the diagonal crease) and create crease lines along the sides (from the open corners to the intersected points of the last 4 crease lines).

Fold the square paper along any 2 of the side creases but not all the way. Fold them halfway through and then fold the other 2 creases halfway through and thus they will meet in the middle. This will leave 2 triangle flaps on both sides of the middle part.

Step 3: Base Folding

Step 4: Folding the Arms

We will turn the triangle flaps into the arms of the paper ghost. Let’s work on the bottom part of the current paper. Align the open side of the right side (long side) with the open side. Neatly shape the arm by aligning the open (short) side of the flap along the top. Flatten the arm pattern.

Similarly, shape the other arm (left side) pattern. Turn the current paper pattern to the other side.

Step 4: Folding the Arms

Step 5: Shaping the Sides

Fold the right side along the points of the arm’s top and bottom parts. Unfold and fold the creases part inside.

Similarly, fold the other side of the current pattern. These are the sides of the ghost. Turn the pattern to the other side again.

Step 5: Shaping the Sides

Step 6: Shaping the Head and Tail

You can shape the head (top side) of the ghost on either side. One side will keep the arms facing upwards and the other side will keep the arms facing downwards. Decide which side you’d like as the head. Fold and bring the pointy end of that part 1/3 way inside.

Fold the 2 sides of the top fold slightly inwards. Fold the bottom part (tail) towards any direction (left or right), diagonally.

Turn the pattern to the other side (the front side). Use a gel pen or sharpie to draw the face of the ghost. You can use colored craft papers to cut out small props to add to the ghost, like we did.

Step 6: Shaping the Head and Tail

Video Tutorial: How to Make Origami Ghost Craft for Halloween

It’s often hard to follow written tutorials when it comes to origami craft making. So, we made an easy-to-follow video on making ghost origami. I hope you’ll like the video, and if you do, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.

Tips for Beginners on Making this Origami Halloween Ghost

Here are some tips if you’re having difficulty crafting the origami ghost.

  • Use a piece of square paper for the origami ghost pattern.
  • It’s always important to do the base creases (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) neatly.
  • Use light or medium-light craft paper to craft the ghosts.
  • Use colored craft papers to make the props for the origami ghosts.

ghost origami

Here are some of our origami project tutorials that you may also like

This origami ghost pattern is very easy and quick to craft. If you’re looking forward to learning and practicing beginner origami foldings, then this project is perfect for you! This origami craft can also be used to make garlands or mobile hanging for Halloween decorations. If you do re-create our paper ghosts, please tag us on Facebook or Instagram (use #thecraftaholicwitch).

Happy Crafting!

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