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.

Valentine Heart Ornament

Assemble this geometric model using pre-printed equilateral triangles.  

Difficulty: Easy

20 Heart Equilateral Triangles
Tape or glue



1. Print full page of Heart triangles.

2. Cut out pieces along solid, outer circle. You should have a total of 20 circles.

3. Prepare your triangles by folding the white "tabs" forward as shown. Repeat on all three sides of each triangle.
4. Use the white tabs to tape or glue 5 triangles together as shown. Repeat so that you have two "ball ends" of 5 triangles each.
(At this point, you may choose to tape the two ball ends together and decorate with a ribbon to make a Valentine ornament, or proceed to assemble a ball)

 5. Tape or glue 5 triangles to each "ball end" as shown.

6. Tape or glue the two ends together to assemble your model as shown...
OR you can construct a star-shaped ornament by glueing the two ends back to back


Happy Valentine's Day!
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