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How To: Make Paper Cut Halloween Ghost Cards & Decorations

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Time for a new paper craft tutorial to help you make cards and decorations featuring my cute characters! Want to make sure you don’t miss one? Join my mailing list!

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This month I’m going to show you how to make spooky wooky Ghosts for Halloween cards and decorations, plus some mini stick decorations for extra fun. This is a really quick DIY using things you probably already have in the house.

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What you’ll need:

  • Thin white card
  • Something round to draw around (see sizes below) or pair of compasses
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black marker pen
  • Scissors
  • My Draw Kawaii Faces free printable (optional)


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Find a suitable sized round object to draw around or set your compasses. For an A5 card, you want something around 9cm in diameter – I’m using a small rice bowl here. Place it on the card and draw around with a pencil. If you want to add arms to your ghost, make sure to leave enough space around the edges! (Guess who had to take this photo twice)

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Draw a slightly curved line extending from the bottom edge of your circle. Make it longer than you might think.

kawaii halloween ghosts paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Use the curve of your bowl to join up the left edge of the circle to your line.

kawaii halloween ghosts paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Add some arms if you like and cut out your ghost.

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Erase any visible pencil lines and you should have something like this.

kawaii halloween ghosts paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Time to add a face! Once again, you can practice with my free Draw Kawaii Faces printable which has eight cute faces to choose from. If you’re still not confident, get your printer to scale it up and then use tracing paper to copy a face over. Pencil it in then go over with a black marker pen. I used a purple ghost here so you could see it against the white paper. Full disclosure: I cut the ghosts and faces with my paper cutting machine as I’m still getting over the cold and it was quicker.

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This is a really quick make as there’s only one piece and no assembly required! Why not make a whole Ghost Gang with different colours and expressions. Watch out for evil ghosts though.

Once you’ve finished your Ghosts, there’s lots of things you can do with them.

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Making a card is easy. Just glue it down and add text by hand or print your message separately and cut it into a speech bubble or other shape. You could also just stick them up as decorations, string them together in a garland or use them as place cards for a party.

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Or you could make mini Ghosts on sticks for decorations! You can buy wooden sticks in any garden centre as plant supports or barbecue skewers would work too – mine were green but I coloured them with a marker pen. Just make Ghosts in the same way as above but use something smaller like a lip balm or small jar lid and then attach to the stick with tape or glue. They’d be a fun addition to a party table or goodie bag. You could even use them as cake toppers but make sure the sticks are food safe – straws or cocktail sticks would be good.

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If you make a Ghost, I would love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram (@marcelinesmith) or Twitter (@marceline).

This tutorial is for personal use only! Please do not sell items you make or use this tutorial for profit. As with all content on this blog, the images and instructions are copyrighted © Marceline Smith 2017 and may not be reposted without credit and permission. Thank you for respecting the rights of artists and makers.

Monthly Reviews

September Round Up

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Goodbye September. You were the worst!

Fave 5 from the blog

New stuff in my shops

Li.st highlights

No idea what I’m going to do to keep track of reading/watching etc. but I guess we’ll find out next time.

On my wish list

september wishlist

My 4 favourite photos

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from my Instagram (L-R, top-bottom)

  • Helensburgh looking very blue
  • My new Tokyo manhole cover print in my studio
  • Mini gashapon machines I got in Japan
  • Amuse plush at Tofu Cute’s stand at MCM Scotland (on @sckawaii)
10 Year Anniversary, Free Things!

Surprise Box Giveaway

If you missed out on my 10 year anniversary surprise boxes, now you can win one, plus other prizes too!

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I ordered 25 boxes but they actually sent me 26 and I had enough spare items to make an extra box. It’s also the only one I drew a donut on because it was too time-consuming!

Inside you’ll find ten new and exclusive items, so far revealed to include a Fried Egg enamel pin, happy or sad cloud badge and Asking For Trouble pencil.

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If you already bought a box, you can choose the other prize, which will be a lucky bag with a theme of your choice.

How to enter

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: If I make another surprise box, which themes, characters or items would you like to see in it?

Then use the Rafflecopter widget below to register your entry and open up more chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guide.


  • NO giveaway accounts allowed (eg. a Twitter account you only use to tweet giveaways)
  • ALL your entries will be disqualified if you break any rule
  • If you are under 16, please check with a parent or guardian before entering.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.

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The giveaway closes on Sunday 15th October and I’ll pick the winners at random. Good luck!

Me Me Me

The End of li.st

Today is the last day of li.st AKA The List App. It feels a little bit silly to be so upset at the loss of an app but it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever been involved in.

origami listbot

When BJ Novak tweeted about his new app almost two years ago, I joined immediately. I could see how much potential it had for sharing experiences – longer than Twitter, shorter than blogging, with the list format to give it structure.

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It was full of smart, funny, interesting people and what started as a group of strangers became a community. A completely supportive place where you could share honestly and write about any subject without fear of judgement. I made some truly wonderful friends and became a much better writer being able to write regularly in a supportive space and learn from so many brilliant writers.

Other parts of the internet are so competitive with everyone so quick to point out your mistakes, jump in with a ‘me too’ to lessen your achievement or drain you dry with questions and demands. Li.st was never like that and I’ll always treasure my time there.


Li.st was never perfect and it never managed to attract a big enough audience to be financially viable but what they did create will never be forgotten by its users. The web archive will remain as a memorial and you can read all my 250+ lists there, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. What you can’t see are the comments, the connections, the response lists, the title waves, the list requests, the collaborations, the meetups, the Secret Santas, the AMAs, the love for two little globe-trotting origami Listbots.

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I feel a bit like Listbot myself today. I’ve packed up my lists in a suitcase and I’m looking for the next adventure. Thanks to everyone who made li.st amazing. I will forever be Into It!


Shop News

Sorry I haven’t been blogging as much as usual this month. My cold is still lingering and there’s a lot going on. I had so much anniversary stuff planned but I have told myself that it’s my anniversary for a whole year so I don’t need to do it all now. Anyway, here’s what new in my shops.

craft fair zine digital

If you haven’t picked up me and Claire’s craft fair zine yet, The Other Side of the Table is now available as a PDF and ebook too. They both include some bonus content and are just £2 (+VAT in EU). Check my shop for all the links – plenty print copies available too.

new kawaii skies badge set

Hopefully most people have received their surprise boxes now and I can start revealing a few things. Everyone found one of these Kawaii Skies cloud badges inside and now the set is available in my shops. You can match your mood to the weather outside!

halloween ghosts badges

I’ve also added a badge set for my Little Ghost and his Evil Twin! These are limited edition just for Halloween so don’t hang about. I’ll be putting a free ghost badge in all Halloween orders too.


As always, you can pick and mix your favourites instead, either as badges or fridge magnets!