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.

Paper Planes: Independence Eagle

Print and fold an easy Origami Paper Plane Eagle for Independence Day, Memorial Day or Veterans Day!

The Bald Eagle, with majestic wings spread in flight, stars and stripes across his breast, an olive branch in his right talon and a bundle of thirteen arrows in his left,graces the Great Seal of the United States of America. E pluribus unum, Latin for "Out of Many, One," is inscribed on a scroll carried within his beak.

Chosen as our National Emblem on June 20, 1782, the bald eagle's grace, strength, majesty and freedom as it soars above mountains and sweeping valleys has come to symbolize the ideals of our founding fathers.

Difficulty: Easy


1. Print and cut out origami Independence Day Eagle. Fold back along A.

2. With printed side down, fold along C and D.

3. Fold tip along E.

4. Fold in half along B.

5. Note that there are two vertical lines along the body, to either side of the center fold. Fold these down to open up the eagle's wings, as shown in the final sample.

6. Tape or staple body as shown. Fold wing flaps up as shown...these can be adjusted as you test your paper airplane Independence Day Eagle.

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