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 Turkey Origami

Print and fold an Origami Turkey for Thanksgiving.

Difficulty: Easy


1a. Cut out image along outer solid lines.
1b. Fold up on diagonal line A. Unfold.
1c. Fold down on diagonal line B. Unfold.

2a. With printed side facing up, fold up on center line c. Unfold.
2b. With printed side facing down, repeat fold on center line c. Unfold.

3a. Fan-fold turkey's tail as shown.
3b. Fold up along center crease as shown.
3c. Fold head up along diagonal folds as shown. You may tape center of fanned tail and head if desired.

Your turkey is pau (finished)! Happy Thanksgiving!

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