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.

Welcoming 2010 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

How did you celebrate the New Year? See all 38 photos of celebrations around the world at: Welcoming 2010 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Russia: New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background, right, and St. Basil's cathedral in background. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Spain: San Fermin Festival bull runners celebrate the New Year in Coin, near the southern Spanish town of Malaga. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca)

China: Releasing a wishing lantern to usher in the new year in Chengdu in southwestern China's Sichuan province. (AP Photo)

More New Year photos from around the world at: Welcoming 2010 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

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