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Whether you make one origami skull or a whole family of origami skulls, you’ll enjoy the options for dressing them up to celebrate either the Day of the Dead or Halloween.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates and honors the lives of departed love ones and welcomes the return of their spirits. It is celebrated on November 1st (All Saints Day) and 2nd (All Souls Day), roughly the same date that Halloween is celebrated in the United States.

The Day of the Dead is celebrated by many in Latin America, specially in Mexico and Central America. It’s also celebrated by Mexican Americans in the United States. A popular tradition on the Day of the Dead is the making of colorful sugar skulls used as offerings on altars in remembrance of the departed.

The following step-by-step video shows how to make an origami skull of my own creation.

I’d like to express my appreciation to Karen Buse whose work inspired me to create these origami skulls and arrangements.

Tips and suggestions for making the origami skull

  • The finished origami skull shows both sides of the paper.
  • It’s best to use thin paper paper; white on one side, black or dark on the other.
  • Paper known in the US as “kami” is an excellent choice.
  • The origami skull can be made with white office paper partially colored on the reverse side. The video shows how and when to apply color.
  • As for paper size, 9× 9-inch (24×24cm) is good for learning the model
  • Before folding, you can decorate the paper with floral motifs and patterns.
  • The model folds flat. After folding place under a book to flatten it. You can use it in a greeting card!
  • To embellish your origami skulls and give them personality, you can add accessories such hats, bow ties and flowers.

The following are links to videos on how to create accessories for your origami skulls:

Origami Bow Tie (Traditional design)origami_bowtie-560

Click here for the origami bow tie blog post  and video 

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Origami Hat (Design of Leyla Torres)

origami-hat-560Click here for the origami hat blog post and video

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Origami Spanish-Eye Flowers (Design of Leyla Torres)

origami-flower-orange-560Click here for the origami Spanish-Eye flowers blog post and video

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Origami Hot Peppers (Design of Leyla Torres)

origami-hot-pepper560Click here for the origami hot peppers blog post and video

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Origami Roses (Design of Gay Merrill Gross)


 Click here for origami roses blog post and video

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{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Julie Martin September 9, 2020, 3:12 pm

    You explain this process so easily, I love origami, but so many instructors make it hard because they move so quickly and their hands cover the design. You’re very talented! I am going to teach this to the inmates at the prison where I work, they will love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Leyla Torres September 9, 2020, 3:30 pm

      Hi Julie and welcome to Origami Spirit. I’m glad you like what you find here!

  • Chiu Ping Lin October 6, 2016, 10:49 pm

    I am lucky to know this site
    you do amazing works
    I like to play origami by myself
    Thank you very much Leyla !

  • Karen Buse November 2, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Oh Leyla, you have taken this idea to a whole new level! So very cute and creative. I am so happy the la señora now has el señor to keep her company in the afterlife!

  • danna yazmin tello salinas October 25, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Hello leila torres what pretty woman

  • Sonia Wu October 25, 2014, 10:38 am

    Delightful! Your site is so amazing–thank you so much!

  • dañina yazmin tello salinas October 16, 2014, 7:59 pm

    Esta muy interesnte pero muy dificil

  • Alex Hurtado October 11, 2014, 5:54 pm

    ¡Me encantan, Leyla! No sólo las ‘calacas’, sino toda la preciosa composición que nos estás regalando para el ‘Día de todos los Santos’. Que tengas un buen día.

    : )

    • Leyla Torres October 12, 2014, 6:48 am

      Gracias Alex por tu nota y por tu apoyo. Me alegra que te haya gustado. Realmente es un placer compartir y es es una labor de amor. Ya recibirás otro correo personal mío :-)

  • Patricia Petri October 10, 2014, 9:30 pm

    So Beautiful!!
    I’m make for Halloween here in Brazil.
    Could you teach us how to make the Cat Box?? Il would be great to fill in with candies and give for the children’s at the door!
    Thank you very Much!!
    Love you work!

    • Leyla Torres October 11, 2014, 7:54 am

      Hi Patricia,
      The video for the cat box is coming, but I don’t think It will be ready before this month is over! …I’ll see

  • John October 7, 2014, 8:33 am

    Love the skulls, just in time for Halloween. Will the hats be available soon?
    Rest of the site brilliant as well. Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Leyla Torres October 7, 2014, 10:39 am

      Thank you John, all origami accessories for the skull will be out as videos before the end of October.

  • Rose October 6, 2014, 11:11 am

    My spanish isnt that good, but if I said

    “muy bueno”, would that be right? I get bits and pieces from helping my kid with flashcards….

    I LOVE this!!!!

    • Leyla Torres October 6, 2014, 11:14 am

      Thank you Rose for your “muy bueno”, which is perfect Spanish!

  • Briana Wicce October 6, 2014, 5:52 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Mistress Leyla again gives show of talent and creativity! Thank you!

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