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How to Make a Flying Skull Halloween Card

Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas online.

DIY flying skull Halloween card

DIY flying skull Halloween card

Halloween Card Ideas

This craft page outlines the steps to completing a handmade Halloween card for friends or family.

A blouse bought at a discount store prompted the idea. It features a skull with butterfly wings behind it. Flying heart themes are everywhere, and even before I had the blouse paid for, the flying skull developed into a Halloween theme card.

When back at home, the evening was spent drawing skulls I found online by searching "draw cute skull." If you are making a guy card, search, "draw skull" for scarier versions.

Paper folding is my niche and deciding on a fold for the card was the next decision. Try tweaking your own or use this version.

This is the blouse that was the inspiration for this card.

This is the blouse that was the inspiration for this card.

6 Ideas for a Flying Skull Greeting Card

The blouse prompts the skull greeting cards pictured above. These ideas should get your creative visions stirring.

  1. Make flat butterfly or dragonfly wings.
  2. Make accordion fan folds for the wings.
  3. Instead of a skull, use a witch's face.
  4. Use a pumpkin face instead of the skull.
  5. Make a bright Mexican sugar skull and use serape colors for a background fan on each side of the face.
  6. Skip the fall colors and add color or motif for any time of the year.
My first batch of skull greeting cards

My first batch of skull greeting cards

Basics Supplies

  • Blank 5x7 inch card
  • Halloween paper for a background
  • Two 3-inch squares, and two 2 1/2-inch squares of Halloween paper for folding
  • Scissors, glue, pencil, and drawing paper

Step 1: Draw the Skull

For this project, use images online for practice. Also, view videos on the subject.

Below are a few doodles and the drawing decided on for the card.

Here are a few of my doodles as I practiced my skull drawings

Here are a few of my doodles as I practiced my skull drawings

Step 3: Use Photo Tools to Refine the Cartoon

Scan the drawing and load it into a photo editing app. Use the photo tools to make the cartoon look even better.

Experiment with HDRish, Comic Book and Focal B&W. When satisfied with the changes, use the print option to get eight copies on card stock.

Add watercolor to the B&W skull to match the card you are designing.

Final touches to the Halloween card

Final touches to the Halloween card

Step 4: Assemble, Glue, and Mount

Glue a square of craft foam to the back of the skull to give some depth to the design.

Glue the four wings on the back of the skull, mount on background paper and use photo splits to do the final mounting on the card to avoid wrinkly glue blotches.

Roaring '20s flapper skull

Roaring '20s flapper skull

© 2013 Sherry Venegas

Do you like to start early for Halloween?

flycatcherrr on August 08, 2013:

That's such a friendly looking skull and very well done. I just love homemade cards - making or receiving them - at any time of year!

Mona from Iowa on August 08, 2013:

This is sooooo cool! Love it.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 04, 2013:

Wow, you did a super job with this great Halloween Card. Thanks for the wonderful instructions.