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Oct 19, 2011

Origamic Architecture Skull

Día de los Muertos pop up card

This pop up design takes its inspiration from papel picado--traditional paper cutting for Día de los Muertos. Great for Halloween, too.

I modified the gridded skull pattern from a crochet design by Gurman Fravor.

How to make an origamic architecture skull

Download pattern: PDF or DXF or SVG (with score lines) or SVG (without score lines).

Score red and green lines, cut blue lines.

Green lines are mountain folds, red lines are valley folds.

skull pop up card

Crease the jaw folds. Push the jaw up until it tucks under the head and crease firmly.

Crease the long pieces attaching the top of the head to the bottom of the jaw.

Crease the top of the head. Now pop up the folds along the right and left sides of the top of the head. I push the head toward the top with one hand (below the nose) and use the other hand to pinch the folds.

The lower jaw piece remains loose until you glue the cut piece to the base card.

calavera pop up card

Fold the entire piece flat by pushing it toward the top of the head.

origamic architecture skull

Flip piece to the (mostly) uncut side.

Apply glue as shown, including the tab on the bottom of the jaw.

calavera origamic architecture

Push the center creases of the cut piece into the center crease of your base card. The cut edge of the jaw will also align with the center crease of the base card.

Close the card and flip it over.

Open the card and glue the other side as shown.

Día de los Muertos origamic architecture

Close the card, weight it, and allow to dry.

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