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How to Make a Ghost Paper Chain | Easy Halloween Crafts

This ghost paper chain makes for a fun DIY Halloween decoration that both kids and adults will love creating. With only a couple of supplies that you most likely already have at home, you can create this spooky ghost paper chain for yourself!

how to make a ghost paper chain

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My kids and I love making paper chains together. There are so many different variations you can make and opening the paper chain at the end is always a fun reveal.

Halloween will be here before you know it. While shopping for and buying decorations can be fun, making your own can be even better. Today, I will be sharing how to make this easy ghost paper chain.

Materials needed to make a ghost paper chain:

  • White paper (Any other color would work as well! Feel free to be as creative as you would like!)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to make a Ghost paper chain:

To make the ghost paper chain, you can follow the written tutorial below. If you would like, you can also watch this video for a visual reference.

Step 1: Fold a piece of white paper in half.

Start by folding a piece of white paper in half longways. Cut the paper in half along the fold that you just made. To make this paper chain you will only be using one half of the piece of paper. If you would like to make the chain longer, you can use the other half of the paper to make another chain and then attach them together using glue or tape.

For my example below, I used an 8.5×11 inch piece of paper. However, you can use any size paper you have around. Just make sure that the strip of paper you are making the chain with ends up being a long rectangle.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half three times.

Next, fold the paper in half. Fold it in half a second time, Fold it again once more for a total of three folds.

folding paper in half 1

Step 3: Unfold the of paper and then refold it again accordion style.

Unfold the entire strip of paper. Next, fold it again, but this time, accordion style fold. Accordion fold means that you have to fold one section in, turn the page over and then fold the next section in. Continue to repeat this step until the entire strip of paper is refolded.

Important note: Once you have finished folding, make sure that the right side of the top fold opens up like a book. The left side of the paper will be the folded side. This side should not open. As long as you do this, it will make sure that all of the ghosts connect to each other.

folding white paper

Step 4: Draw half of the ghost shape.

The next step is to draw half of the ghost shape. You can follow the sample ghost shape in the photo shown below.

Make sure to have the right side of the ghost hang off the page a bit. Doing this will make sure that the ghosts will connect with one another when you open the paper chain.

drawing ghost

Step 5: Cut out ghost and unfold.

Cut out the outline of the ghost. When cutting out the eyes, first cut a horizontal slit and then begin cutting out the eye shape. This is to make sure that there is space between them.

Unfold the paper to reveal your final ghost paper chain! Four ghosts should have been made. If you would like to make a longer paper chain, you can repeat this process as many times as you would like and then connect all of the chains together using tape or glue.

ghost final

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to check out some of our other easy Halloween paper craft tutorials below: