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Horrorgami Paper Haunted House

Marc Hagan-Guirey, kirigami paper artist and author of "Horrogami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold" shows us how to turn a sheet of paper into a spooky haunted house. 


Photography: Courtesy of Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold by Marc Hagan-Guirey. Used with permission of Laurence King Publishing

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"This is a fairly easy horrorgami but the spaces in the railings will be a little laborious," Marc says. You'll notice that there is a neat floating ghost in the porch. Take care you don't cut the small section that connects its head to the wall above. If you feel this is too advanced, it’s fine to cut him off , the model will still look great — haunted or not." 


Before you begin, read Horrorgami 101: How to Master the Art of Kirigami — for Halloween.


  • Scalpel or X-Acto knife

  • Ruler (metal preferred)

  • Paper

  • Cutting mat

  • Skewers or toothpicks (optional)

  • Bone folder (optional)


  1. With the printed side facing you, fold the main horizon valley folds and the two valley folds of the platform on which the house sits — they're located directly above them. Use the levering technique to do this.

  2. Keep the printed side facing you and push out the valley folds at the base of the house. This includes the bottom of the veranda railings, the small railing section and the valley folds at the front door.

  3. Turn the paper over and fold the mountain fold at the top edge of the veranda, including the small side section. This is the trickiest part. Use a very gentle pinching technique with one hand and pull the fold through from the opposite side of the paper with the other hand.

  4. Begin creasing the mountain folds of the platform the house sits on. Hold the model in one hand and push the crease with the forefinger of the other hand. Flip the paper over again and use the same technique to fold the valley fold that forms the base of the same platform. Once you've done these, you can use a springing technique to fold the small set of steps.

  5. With the lower half of the model well on its way, concentrate on the mountain and valley folds of the roof section. (Tip: There's no specific technique to use here, just a bit of prodding of fingers will do it.)

  6. There are a couple of valley folds (A) that require specific attention. Once you've started all of the other folds this area will naturally head the way you want it. Just guide them into place as you fold it fl at. Before you completely flatten the model to complete all the folds, go back to the top edge of the veranda and house platform and give them the once-over.


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