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.

Dollar Bill Thanksgiving Turkey Origami

Impress your dinner guests by folding a Dollar Bill Turkey Origami for Thanksgiving.

Difficulty: Easy


1. Begin by "fan-folding" the end of your dollar bill into pleats, to form the tail, as shown.

2. Fold tail in half, lengthwise, as shown.

3. Secure the tail closed by folding the ends together several times, as shown on left.

4. Fold corner of dollar diagonally, as shown. Repeat on the other side, to form the body.


5. Fold body up towards tail, as shown.

6. Fold tip of body down, as shown, to form head.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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