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: Origami Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Print and fold Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for Christmas.

Difficulty: Easy


Print and cut out reindeer origami along outer solid line.

1. Fold origami in half along red horizontal line, as shown. Unfold.

2. Fold origami back along diagonal line as shown. Unfold. Repeat on other side. Unfold.


3. Your origami should be creased as illustrated by red lines. Carefully fold origami along these creases to form an upside-down "tent."

4. Turn your origami over, with Rudolph's face facing down. Fold each corner down, along diagonal lines, as shown.

 5. Fold corner toward center, along vertical line, as shown. Repeat on other side.


6. Note diagonal lines marked in red. Fan fold antlers and ears in on both sides, as shown.

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