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 Bow Tie

Fold an origami Dollar Bill Bow Tie.

Difficulty: Easy


1. Fold dollar bill back along the margin of Washington's portrait, as shown.

2. Fold forward, as shown.

3. Repeat on other end of dollar. Turn over.

4. Fold up to meet horizontal center, as shown.

5. Pull corner of bow tie out and down to open, as shown.

6. Repeat on other end.

7. Turn your bow tie around and repeat, folding up to horizontal center, as shown.

8. Open corners of bow tie by pulling out and down as before.

9. Turn over, and your origami Dollar Bill Bow Tie is finished!

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