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.

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.