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.

Crafts: Dollar Bill Rose, for Graduations and Celebrations

Give your favorite graduate a bouquet of roses he or she will appreciate.

Difficutly: Easy

  • 3 bills per rose, in any denomination
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape (optional

1. Pinch dollar bill in center, as shown.

2. Secure with floral wire. (I've used a pipe cleaner for this demonstration.)

3. Repeat until you have three sets of "petals."

4. Nestle the petals inside one another, arrange, and twist together.

5. Using a pencil or a paintbrush handle, curl the tips of the petals, as shown.

6. Optional: Finish off by wrapping green floral tape around the wire, add a ribbon and silk leaves for pizazz.

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