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Origami Calavera

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Original model created on 15/10/2016 - Published on 21/10/2016

Origami Calavera instructions and tutorial

Make your own paper skull and color and decorate it like a Mexican Calavera for Halloween! Calaveras or calaveritas are decorated skulls that are very popular in Mexico to celebrate "El Día de Muertos", the "Day of the Dead". This origami calavera is very easy to make, fun to decorate, and a perfect DIY / Craft project for Halloween!

To make your origami calavera, you only need one square piece of white paper (plain copy paper is perfect, you can cut a square from a standard letter size or A4 paper).

And of course you will need pencils, crayons, felt pens and/or stickers to color your skull and decorate it!

This video shows how to fold the origami skull in a very accelerated version. For a normal real-time version and easy to follow instructions, please watch my video of the origami skull.

Origami Calavera video instructions

To make a Calavera in origami, please follow the instructions from this video on YouTube:

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How to make an origami Calavera

Here are the step-by-step instructions to fold a Calavera (photo diagram and/or video).

Calavera - step 1

1. Mexican Calavera (decorated skull)

Once you have made your origami calavera, make another! In fact you can make a whole family. :-) It can be a fun DIY project to have each member of your family decorate his or her skull.

Please send me pictures of your paper calaveras so that I can add them on the Origami Plus site. You can contact me at stephane@origami.plus or through the Origami Plus Facebook page or @Origami_Plus on Twitter.

Also check out my other origami designs for Halloween: a talking pumpkin, a scary pumpkin box, a very easy pumpkin, a cute pumpkin, many kinds of pumpkins.

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Note: this model is an original model protected by international copyright laws. Please do not publish instructions, diagrams or videos that show how to fold it, but instead point people to this page. If you would like to help with the translation of the instructions to your language (or improve the translation), please let me know. Thank you!

Your origami Calavera photos

If you fold this Calavera, please send me pictures of your paper Calavera so that I can show them here.

Photos of origami Calavera

Origami Calaveras and Paper Calaveras

If you make a decorated paper calavera, please send me a picture so that I can add it to the origami calaveras gallery below! Thank you!

Decorated paper calaveras for "El dia de los muertos"

My kids decorated their Calaveras like Mexican calaveras, using colour pencils and stickers.

Calaveras table decorations

You can use your colored calaveras for decorating your dinner table!

La Señora y el Señor Calavera

A couple of Calaveras made by Anaïs and Clémence.

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