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.

June 14: Flag Day

June 14 is National Flag Day in the United States, a day to commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our flag.

Stony Hill School. Photo by Kevin Hansen.

The idea of a special day honoring our flag has been around at least since 1885, when schoolteacher Bernard J. Cigrand held the first celebration of the flag's 108th birthday at Stony Hill School in Wisconsin. Over the years, Mr. Cigrand became an advocate for the recognition of Flag Day, later becoming the president of the American Flag Day Association.

However, it wasn't until 1916 that June 14 was officially proclaimed as Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson. National Flag Day was later established by an Act of Congress in August, 1949.

On the week of June 14, the U.S. flag will be displayed on all government buildings, and U.S. citizens are encouraged to display the flag as well.

You can print and color your own Stars and Stripes here.

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