Halloween Origami Tutorial: Skull (Matthew Green)

Halloween Origami Tutorial: Skull (Matthew Green)


In this video I’m going to show you how to
fold an awesome origami skull designed by Matthew Green. I’ll be using a square sheet of paper with
a side length of 24 cm or 9 1/2 in and the finished skull will then have a height of
about 14 cm or 5 1/2 in, a width of about 12 cm or 4 3/4 in and it will be about 2.5
cm or 1 in deep. So let’s get started. We’re first going to crease the diagonal. And be sure to work precisely. This is a slightly more advanced model, so
precision especially in the beginning is really going to pay off and this model has a lot
of symmetry, so it works best with really precise creasing. Then bring a raw edge to the crease you just
created and same on the other side to form a kite base. Then unfold and rotate to crease the other
diagonal. Then unfold again and bring a corner to this
intersection and only pinch in the center. And then bring this corner over to that intersection. Crease all the way through and then bring
this corner over to that intersection right here. Now open both of these creases again, rotate
and bring this corner over to an intersection you can see right here. Then fold back the corner. And then unfold and align that crease you
just created with this folded edge. Repeat on the other side. First bring the corner to the first intersection,
then fold back and then align the crease line with the folded edge. Then flip over the model and now be sure to
have these creases from the kite base joining in that top point. And then we’re going to take this lower edge
and fold it over to the folded edge. On both sides. This is going to be the nose, so try to make
this as symmetrical as possible.Then flip over again and now you can see that you have
this edge right here and that one right there. We’re going to fold this over, I’m just going
to rotate it a little, so I can work more easily. So I’m going to bring this edge over to the
folded edge and then press it forward, so that we’re going to create this small section
folding up, so that there’s a right angle here. And on the other side, I’m going to zoom in,
so you can see it more closely. So, again, on this side, take that small edge,
open up and bring it to the folded edge, push it up until you form a right angle here. And it doesn’t really need to be a right angle,
but what you want is that both sides look the same. So, if you do right angles on both sides,
it’s easy to get it to look symmetrical. But we’re just going to check now if we’re
happy with the result. And then we can also adjust the creases. So if we’re just going to fold both of these
sides in and then bring that nose section out on both sides and just flatten this you
can see here that these look pretty symmetrical. If they don’t, adjust them now. Then we’re going to work on this top section. We’re going to take this raw edge and fold
it down to that edge right there, folding this section in half. And make a strong crease, especially down
here. Then we’re going to start a crease in this
point, going up to the top of this nose section. So I’m just going to open this up, open that
up, then catch this point right here and then adjust the crease and then crease from the
inside, flattening down completely. And once you have that, you can then add a
new crease right here. And unfold and repeat on the other side. First add this crease. Then open up to catch that point right there
and then adjust, so that you meet the top of the nose and add a straight crease up to
that very inner point. Flatten down this section to flatten and add
another crease here. And then we’re going to refold that other
part. And now we want to flatten this section. And for that we’re going to use this crease
line right here as a reference. And we’re going to align this edge with that
crease line. So we’re going to start with that and really
open up the paper here, so you can work nicely. And when you have that, you extend the crease
up. And you do the same thing on the other side,
opening this paper up nicely and aligning the paper and the crease. And once you have that, you can flatten down
the paper completely. And to make it straight, ensure that this
point is on that central crease line. And adjust the crease a little, if it’s a
bit wonky here. It can happen and as long as you adjust your
mistakes, there’s no problem with having the creases not quite in the right place on the
first try. Then we’re going to lift this layer and take
a closer look at this section. Here we’re going to open this section a bit
to add a crease that starts in this point down here, swivelling over the paper like
this, and then pushing it up and flattening, adding a crease here and up there. And same on the other side. Then well also fold in this section right
here. And it determines the shape of the eye and
you can really do whatever you like, but just for reference, I’m going to use a third of
this angle right here. And then unfold and bring that layer to the
front to reveal this small, white triangle. Same on the other side. I’m again going to take one third of the angle
here and then bring that paper to the front like this. Then we can also shape the eyes here by bringing
in the corner. I like to do about a right angle here. And don’t make it too narrow. And for reference do the other one right away,
so that you get the eye sockets to look quite similar. And then fold that behind. And then we can close this section again. And then we can also fold in these points,
so that, well, let’s say this point is about at the same distance as this point right there. And again it’s just shaping, so you can go
with whatever you like. On the first try I’d suggest you follow the
distances that I’m using, but after some practice play around with it to see what effect it
has. Next we’re going to fold this section up and
as an orientation point, I’d say try and go as far up as that small triangle on each side. Then fold down and here, if you want a reference,
you could try using that intersection of these folded edges. Again, when you’ve got practice, play around
with the distances a bit. And then we’re going to invert this, so that
this first crease is a mountain fold and the second one is a valley fold. And then you also want to fold behind that
tip. You can fold it to the front and then to the
back. And I like to just very very slightly overlay
that tip of the nose. Like this. So now your eyes are quite nicely shaped already. That means we need to work on the jaw. First we’re going to fold along creases that
we added when folding the kite base. And then we’re going to fold between these
points in a mountain fold. And you want this crease to be relatively
straight, so I suggest you mark these two points and then you flip it over and you ensure
that the crease lines are about the same. Now you might not be reaching the points exactly
on these sides, but that’s not as important as getting a nice, straight crease here. And then you’re going to pull out this paper
and bring it inside to flatten this and adding a crease right here. Same on the other side, just pull out this
paper, flatten it down and add a crease. Then take that point and bring it to this
central crease line and add a crease. Unfold to then adjust these creases. So I’m going to open this layer and flatten
that crease a little and bend it out. And we want to make a new crease. Let’s just open both sides, that makes it
a bit easier. So, we want to go along that crease down here
again. Now we want to add a crease here, so that
the corner we are creating lies exactly on that top slanted crease line. So adjust it a little and once you have that,
you flatten it on one side. Adjust the other side and ensure that it gets
nice and tidy in the corner. And flatten on that side, too. If you work precisely, these two creases in
the center here will meet. If they don’t, don’t worry about it too much. Next, we’re going to fold down this section
right here. And if you didn’t work quite precisely, just
take one of the corners here and make a straight crease by aligning crease line with crease
line, rather than point with point. Now we want to fold this up about a fifth. And if you followed all of the references
I did, then basically you can fold up to that top point of this white section of the nose,
or maybe not quite. And else, you know, just fiddle around with
it or if you really want to be meticulous, you can measure it out. And if it doesn’t work on the first try, then
you can also adjust the creases. But I’ve found, you know, that nose reference
to be quite helpful. So now you have from folding back and forth
these teeth. Now we need to form this inner section and
I think that’s probably the most difficult step, but I’m sure we’ll manage fine. So, first we’re going to fold this up and
just add a small pinch here, so that you have a small section here and then we’re going
to open up this paper a bit, like that, and the goal is that this line is going to be
in a 45 degree angle and this one is going to be parallel to that line. So just wiggle with the paper a little to
adjust where the paper goes. And if you fold this out a bit like so, it
will help to get a good sense of where we’re going. So now you have this pretty much parallel
and – let me just adjust this a bit – if you fold this in, if this ends at about the height
of these teeth, that’s perfect. And a bit more or less is ok, too, because,
we’re going to adjust the creases in a second. So once we have that, press down this crease
in here and then we’re also going to fold this paper out to lengthen the crease. I’m going to a point down here and then just
straight up, wherever the paper leads me. And then you can close this up, straightening
out the paper and flattening. And adjust if you’re not quite happy, like
that. And then repeat on the other side. This time around, you can take that other
side as a reference to see where that crease needs to go approximately, or, as before,
you can simply adjust you’re happy. So that’s the 45 degree angle I need and then
I’m adjusting this to get it pretty much in the right direction, and then adding that
crease right here to flatten. And then you can see here, this is still quite
wonky. No worries, just adjust the crease, so that
the paper will lie just the way you want it to. Don’t worry about these sections too much. If no colored paper is showing, that’s fine,
too. And then you have probably the most difficult
step done. Then we’re going to take this lower jaw section
and fold it down by about a third of this distance, so that the color that’s showing
here is about the same height as the white. And this again you can adjust with practice,
but for now it’s easier to just go along with that. And then we’re going to fold it back by bringing
this paper down like so, same on the other side, until you make a crease line right below
those teeth. And next we’re going to focus on the nose. Now, the goal here, is to have white paper
that goes to that central crease. And for that we’re first going to rotate this
a little and then open this up and take out that layer of paper and straighten it out,
and then extend this crease line to that blue layer, so that you really press it down flat. And then you’re going to open it up again
and release that blue layer and then press down again as you just did. And then you fold behind the paper you unfolded
before. And then you can see, you have just white
paper here. And same on the other side. Open up, release the paper, extend the crease,
then just take the blue layer, refold the other layers and then fold behind that paper
to to have those corners be white. Now most of the work is done and we’re just
going to do some shaping. First we’re going to take this nose and fold
in a thin section and then open it up again, so that it’s just slightly raised like this. And same on the other side. Then we need to bring up these teeth. So we’re going to add a mountain fold right
along this white edge. And then bring that folded edge down, so it
meets the jawline. And turn over to add a nice, strong crease. Then I’m going to mark halfway between this
point and that point, just a small pinch. And I’m also going to mark the lower end of
this jaw, just a pinch. And then I’m going to add a crease between
these two points, folding up that layer to start forming the jawline. And same on the other side: make a pinch here,
make a pinch there, and then add a crease, so that it looks like this now. Next, we’re going to start a crease in this
point and we basically want to go up to that top point of this last tooth. And same on the other side, from this point
up to that top point of the tooth. And then, in a straight line to hide this
blue paper here. If you don’t have any colored paper showing,
then you can adjust the creases to your liking even more. Like that, so that we have this shape now. We’re going to turn it over and we need to
flatten this paper. So we’re just going to press down here add
add new creases along here and maybe there to allow the paper to flatten completely and
make it a more robust, stable construction. And once that is done you have this shape
and now, really, you just need to shape the model. So here are some suggestions. First make a mountain fold here to maybe halfway
or not quite, and then fold it down in a slight angle to add a crease here. And same on the other side, so that you have
basically this, but then you let it go again. And then you want to start from that point
and do, like, a bending, not quite a mountain fold, but a bending downwards. And you can go in a bit further or out and
it really depends on what feel you want to give that skull. I’m going to go down just slightly inwards. And then down here we’re going to make a curved
fold to kind of have that chin go in a bit. So I’m going to have just my fingers on the
sides and then press this into that mountain fold shape to get a soft crease here without
really pushing too much. So now we have this already. Now we’re going to shape that section right
here by adding a curved crease right here. And I’m just going to start along that edge
here and then run my finger along here. Can you see that? So that it gets a bit curved. And the same on this side: just start a crease
here, catch that point, maybe even go with that crimp folded and then make a crease here
that’s slightly rounded. And then you might also want to make a slight
crease underneath these eyes, just to give it a bit more dimension. And then it’s looking pretty good already. You might have to release this layer, so that
you can see that nice top layer. And to make it even more 3-dimensional, I’m
going to make a mountain fold between these two here, and fold over that valley fold,
so that you get this 3-dimensional shaping up here. And from the back you can see here, I’ve got
that small crimp. And then I’m going to start a crease right
where these two layers meet, so you get a nice, tight lock. And I’m just going to fold it over like that. If that’s not tight enough for you, you can
add another crease, but I find usually that’s not necessary. And then you’re going to turn it over and
then you have these horns and we’re just going to straighten them out, so that we have a
more rounded shape in the top, like that. And then, there you have it, your skull designed
by Matthew Green is all done. Isn’t that an awesomely origami model especially
for Halloween? Now, if you enjoyed this video, do let me
know by giving it a thumbs up, commenting, and sharing it with others. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss
my next videos and do check out my other tutorials of Halloween models. For more of Matthew Green’s work, visit his
brand new channel and watch his tutorials, like the one on his bearded man mask. And with that I wish you happy folding.

29 thoughts on “Halloween Origami Tutorial: Skull (Matthew Green)

  1. Welcome back!! School has been so crazy for me so I won't be able to fold this (or anything for that matter) any time soon, but I'll have to put it in my "bucket list" of models I want to fold in the future. 🙂 Great video, and hope all is going well!

  2. lol love the video. I work overnights so I do a lot of origami. all the while trying not to be so sleepy as to fall asleep. well I was trying not to doze off, the part where the screen messes up and your voice sounded like a person asking for ransom money woke me right up lol. I was like woah did I just see that. had to rewind. great fold BTW. too advanced for me right now. hopefully soon

  3. Vielen Dank für die -wie immer – wunderbar verständliche Anleitung. Schön, dass du wieder Videos machen kannst!! Liebe Grüße!

  4. Im going to fold all the skull: the one by jo nakahsima, the quentin trollip, the grim reaper one and possibly this one too!!

  5. Really great tutorial! My five year-old son even sat through the majority of it.

    He finally had to do something else with only 8 minutes left. Seriously, that's a big deal… getting a five year-old to watch it that long.

  6. this already looks tiring to do so much details and in my primary i was the only one who knew origami and no one else. People in my school was looking at what I'm doing and they're like "Hannah! Can you make me this?" Everybody told me to make something out of origami and I am also an artist. When I felt like drawing people would always say "I can't even draw that! Can you teach me Hannah?" and I get a lot of people asking me "Hannah! Can you draw me please?" I was almost popular for making origami and sketching stuff. I was also bullied cause a lot of boys where jealous of my master piece they would be like grabbing my origami dinosaurs and throwing them on my crush desk and I was nervous and annoyed. Cause this boy was like "Hey! Look what Hannah made!" "This is what Hannah did!" I didn't know what my crush is going to do with it so he just chucked it somewhere and I had to pick all of them up.

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