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.

Christmas: Snowflake Ornament

Assemble this geometric Christmas Ornament using pre-printed pentagons and hexagons. 

Photo courtesy Steve Bondy, http://stevespaper.com/

Difficulty: Moderate 


1. Print out Snowflake Ornament pattern sheet, preferable on heavy weight or cardstock paper.

2. Cut out hexagons and pentagons along solid, outer circle.

3a. Prepare your pentagons by folding the white "tabs" forward as shown. Repeat on all five sides of the pentagon.  
3b. Prepare your hexagons in the same manner, creating tabs by folding the white edges forward along all six sides (not shown).

4. Assemble your Christmas ornament by gluing the white tabs together, or taping the shapes together on the underside. Each pentagon should be surrounded by five hexagons. Refer to illustration of completed ornament at the top of page as needed.

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