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.

Thanksgiving: "Giving Thanks" Paper Bag Turkey Craft

A fun and easy centerpiece children can make with a few supplies and these printable designs. Parental guidance needed.

1 small paper bag
glue or tape
printed turkey template


1. Stuff small paper bag with tissue paper or paper towels. Twist and seal end.

2. Print and cut out "Giving Thanks" Paper Bag Turkey Craft sheets (2 pages).

3. Assemble head by taping or gluing tabs, then cover sealed end of paper bag with paper turkey head and secure with tape or glue. (I cut a slit in the back of the head so that it fits more snugly against the paper bag body.)

4. Glue or tape turkey wings and tail to body.

5. Write down things that your children are thankful for--friends, family, health, etc.--on each feather and glue or tape onto turkey tail.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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