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Make an Origami Owl for Halloween

This is not just an ordinary origami owl.Make it as a gift card holder!

Owls are nocturnal birds that have many symbolic meanings including intelligence, intuition, independence, protection, and mystery. Owls are often associated with darkness and magic. They have frequently appeared as important characters in fiction and film. Two examples: Owl in Winnie the Pooh, and Vlas Vladikoff in Dr. Seuss’s ‘Horton Hears a Who’.

In the US, owls are part of Halloween decor during that fall celebration.

Another Idea: Make this origami owl in dark colors and use it as a Halloween party invitation.

For this  owl we don’t need special origami paper. It can be made with paper that’s readily available such as office paper and scraps from old magazines. The model evolved from the creative collaboration between Simon Andersen (Denmark) and myself.

Here is the video with the steps to make this origami model.

Materials needed

  • One rectangular piece of paper made by cutting a US letter size or A4 piece of paper in half.
  • Two black  squares for the eyes (1×1 inches).
  • One red square for the the beak (1×1 inches).

Tips to make the origami owl

  • Paper for the eyes and the beak can be cut from colored pages of an old magazine.
  • For Halloween the origami owl can be made with black and orange paper.
  •  If you have duo color paper (black on one side is ideal) you can omit the insertions for the eyes and beak. The reverse side of the paper will be the color of the eyes, as shown in the photo below.
Origami owl Halloween

This origami owl is made with duo color paper. The insertions for the eyes and beak were omitted.

Owl Symbolism
Learning, wisdom, helpfulness, guidance, mystery, foresight, magic, status, intelligence, intuition, wealth, darkness, prophecy, keeper of spirits who have passed from one plane to another.
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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Tess Dillenberger October 1, 2018, 2:13 pm

    Leyla, this buho looks like a great project for October!

    I plan to fold several this coming week….thanks so much for the video!
    Tess D.

    • Leyla Torres October 1, 2018, 3:02 pm

      Sounds great Tess. I hope you show your owls via Facebook!

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