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.

2011, Year of the Rabbit: Happy New Year!

Activities to celebrate the New Year:

According to Chinese astrology, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, and the New Year will be celebrated on February 3--so usher in the new year with these fun paper crafts and origami activities!

Chinese Zodiac Year of the Rabbit: Learn about your animal zodiac sign!

2011 Year of the Rabbit: Origami Bunnies 
 2011 Year of the Rabbit: Origami Bunny Face 

Origami Chinese Dragon Puppet:

Chinese Lion Paper Bag Puppet:
Dragon Fortuneteller:

What's your Chinese Zodiac Animal? 
Celebrating 2010, the Year of the Tiger

New Years Celebrations Around the World: Images from Boston.com

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