Easy Butterfly Origami

My new book, Easy Butterfly Origami features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

Baby Honu, the Pacific Green Sea Turtle

Difficulty level: Moderate

1A. Print and cut out origami along outer solid lines.
1B. Fold up along line A. Unfold.
1C. Fold down along line B. Unfold.

2A. Turn paper over so that printed side is facing down.
2B. Fold up along diagonal line C. Unfold.
2C. Fold up along diagonal line D. Unfold.

3A. Fold down along diagonal line E. Unfold.
3B. Fold down along diagonal line F. Unfold.
3C. Your origami should now be creased as illustrated.

4A. Fold bottom half up along creases as shown.
4B. Fold top half down along creases as shown.
4C. Your origami should appear as illustrated.

5A. Fold head up.
5B. Fold rear flipper down as shown.
5C. Repeat on other side.

6A. Turn your turtle over, so that the printed side is facing up.
6B. Fold side of shell under as shown.
6C. Repeat on other side.
6D. Fold top of shell under.

"Accordian" fold the tail by tucking it back, then folding it forward. Your honu is pau (finished)!
Print sea turtle origami

Baby Honu is from the best-selling Hawaiian children's books:

Baby Honu's Incredible JourneyBaby Honu's Incredible Journey
Written and Illustrated by Tammy Yee
Island Heritage Publishing
ISBN: 0-89610-285-8
Baby Honu has just hatched from his egg. Will he find the courage to face sand crabs and sea birds on his perilous journey to the sea? And what wondrous creatures will he encounter in the ocean? With a helpful glossary to educate children about Hawaiian marine life.
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Baby Honu Saves the DayBaby Honu Saves the Day
Written and Illustrated by Tammy Yee
Island Heritage Publishing
ISBN: 0-89610-327-7
Baby Honu is a tiny green sea turtle who thinks he's too small to make a difference. But a beached baby dolphin inspires him to persuade a moray eel, a porcupinefish, a shark and even a humpback whale to help him in his quest. Follow the continuing adventures of Baby Honu as he teaches young children that even the smallest efforts can cascade into meaningful consequences.
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Baby Honu Plush Toy
Baby Honu Plush Toy

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