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.

Saint Patrick's Day Shamrock Box



Difficulty: Easy


1a. Print and cut out Saint Patrick's Day Shamrock box along outer solid line.
1b. Make cuts on the "shamrock halves" as shown, along the heavy black lines only. Do not cut beyond the points indicated by the red dots in the illustration.

2a - d. With printed side facing down, fold and unfold along the solid black lines as indicated, to form the sides of the box.


2e. Your shamrock box should be creased as shown.


3a-c. Repeat the process along the outer lines to form the lid of the box.
3d. Your box should now be creased as shown.


4a. Take note of the diagonal lines marked in red.

4b. As you fold the sides of the box up as shown, you will make creases along these diagonal lines to form the corners of the box.
4c. Secure the box by interlocking the shamrock halves along the cuts you made in step 1b.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

©2010 Tammy Yee. All rights reserved.

Copyright ©2009 Tammy Yee
All rights reserved. No portion of this web site may be reproduced without prior written consent.