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.

Happy New Year! Origami Dragon Puppet

Print and fold an Origami Dragon Puppet for Chinese New Year!

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate


1a. Print Dragon Puppet.
1b. Cut out strips of dragon's body along outer solid line.
Cut out dragon's head and tail along outer solid line. Be sure to snip near head and tail "puppet handles" as indicated with arrows.

2. Use tape or glue to secure areas labeled "A" on dragon body strips as shown. Your strips should be perpendicular (at a right angle).


3a & b. Fold "tail" strip backward as shown.
3c. Fold "head" strip back and up as shown.
3d. Your dragon body should appear as shown.

5a. Fold dragon's head back along center line.
5b,c &d. Fold puppet handle as shown and secure with tape or glue.

6a. Fold dragon's tail back along center line.
6b,c &d. Fold puppet handle as shown and secure with tape or glue.

7. Glue or tape dragon's head and tail to body. Your dragon puppet is pau (finished)!

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