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.

Halloween: Owl Mask

Great Horned Owl Mask

Difficulty: Easy

  1. Heavyweight paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Clear paper tape


1. Print and cut out Owl Mask:

Great Horned Owl Mask

2. Cut out holes for eyes.

3a. Overlap tab as shown and secure with tape.

3b. Repeat on other side.

3c. From the backside, you can see how the tabs overlap, and how this creates a rounded look.

4a. Crease owl beak along center fold, and secure with tape as shown.

4b. From the underside, you can see how this creates a three dimensional beak.

5. Fold in beak tabs as shown. Turn beak over.

6a. Apply tape to beak as shown...

6b. And secure to Owl Mask as shown, using the white areas on the mask as a guide.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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