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 Pilgrim Hat Origami

Print and fold an Origami Pilgrim's Hat for Thanksgiving. Craft idea: cut out a photo of your child, decorate it with the pilgrim's hat, and make a personalized card for a loved one living far away.

Difficulty: Easy


1a. Cut out image along outer solid lines.
1b. Turn your origami over, with the printed side facing down. Fold toward center along line A.
1c. Repeat fold along line B.

2a. Cut out red triangles marked C and D.
2b. Your origami, with the triangles cut out, should appear as shown.
2c. Fold along line E as shown.
2d. Fold along line F as shown.

3a. Fold up along G.
3b. Fold diagonally on H.
3c. Fold diagonally on I.
3d. Unfold H and I. Your origami should appear as shown, with diagonal creases marked in blue.

4a. "Pull out" corner of hat brim and fold along line H as shown.
4b. Repeat on other side, pulling out and folding along line I as shown.
4c. Turn your origami over. It should appear as shown.

5a. Fold up along line J.
5b. Fold back along L.
5c. Fold back along K.
5d. Fold back along M.

You can paste your hat onto a smiling face, make a Thanksgiving card, or paste it onto a paper ring to make napkin rings for your dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

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