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Paper Dracula

Who's that caped stranger? It's the world's most famous vampire come to life! 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.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • White card stock paper

  • Awl

  • Scissors

  • Small dowel

  • Black and red paints

  • Paintbrush


  1. Using the Paper Dracula template, score the folding lines with an awl. Then cut along all the solid lines, including the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the collars of the shirt, and the tabs for the interlocking joint.

  2. Start with the head. Push up the cheeks. Pinch and squeeze the chest.

  3. Fold down both sides of the collar. Pinch and squeeze the ears following the scored folding lines in them.

  4. Shape the eyebrows by folding the curved lines above the eyes.

  5. Fold down the hand from the wrist. Round the right side of the cape over a dowel. Bring the tab for the interlocking joint to the center of the body and cross the tab with the cut you made at the bottom of the cape.

  6. Fold the collar of the cape over the shoulders. Fold the feet out. Round the left side of the cape over a dowel so that the hand will come up front.

  7. Fold down the head and insert the pointed end of the chest into the opening of the cape.

  8. Adjust the angles of the feet and the cape so that your Dracula will stand securely.

  9. Add color to your Dracula with black and red paints, referencing the project photo.

  10. Follow the Paper Dracula visual instructions for reference.

  11. If you'd like to give your Dracula a coffin to sleep in, the template and its assembly instructions are available free at

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