Paper Ghost

A piece of paper is folded and cut into a boo-tiful design. Reprinted with permission from "Paper Monsters & Curious Creatures," © 2014 by Hiroshi Hayakawa, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Illustrations by Hiroshi Hayakawa. Photography by Lark Books.


What You'll Need


  • Paper Ghost template
  • Small dowel
  • Red paint
  • Scissors
  • Paper Ghost visual instructions
  • Paintbrush
  • Card stock paper
  • Awl


  1. Using the Paper Ghost template, score the folding lines on card stock paper with an awl. Then cut along all the solid lines, including the eyes and mouth.

  2. Squeeze in the hips while pushing up the center of the bottom of the body with your finger from underneath to raise the tail.

  3. Roll the tail over a dowel to shape it.

  4. Fold down the tongue. Fold over the arms to the front of the body.

  5. Roll the tongue over a dowel to curve it.

  6. Paint the tongue red. Add any other colors you'd like to your Ghost. Follow the Paper Ghost visual instructions for further reference.

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