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.

Origami: Dollar Bill Aloha Shirt

Fold an origami Dollar Bill Aloha Shirt, as a graduation gift or just for fun.

Difficulty: Easy


1. Turning your dollar bill over, fold one end to meet the horizontal center line.

2. Repeat horizontal fold on other side.

3. Fold 1/4 inch back on one end; this will be the collar.

4. Fold diagonally as shown, and repeat on other side, to finish the collar.

5. At opposite end of collar, fold 1/2 inch forward, as shown. This will be the "sleeves."

6. Fold one corner of the sleeve down, diagonally, as shown. Repeat on other side.

7. Open up the diagonal folds. Note how the sleeves are creased as shown.

8. Open up the sleeve on one side, along the diagonal crease, as shown.

9. Repeat on other side.

10. Fold body of shirt up, to just beneath the collar.

11. Tuck the body of the shirt under the collar, as shown, and your origami Dollar Bill Aloha Shirt is finished!

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