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.

Origami Leprechaun for Saint Patrick's Day

Print and fold an Origami Leprechaun for Saint Patrick's Day! You can use him as a table decoration, or paste him onto cards and gifts.

Difficulty: Easy

Directions: (Follow the same directions as Cinco de Mayo doll)

1a. Print and cut out leprechaun face and pot of gold along outer solid line.
1b. Cut out leprechaun body along outer solid line.
1c. Turn leprechaun body over so that the printed side is facing down.

2a. Crease along diagonal line as shown. Unfold.
2b. Repeat crease along diagonal line on other side, as shown. Unfold.
2c. Turn origami over so that the printed side faces up.
2d. Crease down along horizontal line as shown. Unfold.

3a. With printed side facing down, carefully "tent" fold upper body forward, as shown.
3b. Fold leprechaun's legs forward, as shown.
3c. Repeat on other side.

4a. Glue head onto body.
4b. Glue pot of gold as desired.
4c. Your Leprechaun Origami doll is finished!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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