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.

Thanksgiving Projects on the Web

Here are some great turkey crafts on the web:

Paper Model Turkey from spacestation42.com

An easy print-and-fold project, in full color or black and white, with easy to follow instructions.

DLTK's Give Thanks Turkey Paper Craft

This one is absolutely adorable. Print-and-fold, color or black and white. From DLTK's Holiday Crafts for Kids:
"This is a fun craft to do with the entire extended family. The child can hand a slip of paper (tail piece) to each family member and ask them to write what they are thankful for. After everyone has made their contribution, the child can assemble the turkey."

EnchantedLearning.com's Thankful Wreath of Leaves

EnchantedLearning.com is chock full educational articles and fun crafts for kids. This is an easy activity, using a paper plate and a leaf template you can print on construction paper.

MakingFriends.com's Turkey "Friends" paper doll

Print, color and dress up some thanksgiving paper dolls, just for fun, or to decorate cards, doors and windows.

Turkey Napkin Centerpiece

Fold a turkey centerpiece from three linen napkins, as only Martha Stewart can. Great step by step photos.

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