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.

Diana Fritillary Butterfly Origami

The Diana fritillary butterfly is the official state butterfly of Arkansas. Found in wooded areas along southern and eastern North America, in the Arkansas River Valley and along the Appalachian mountains, this beautiful butterfly is noted for the dramatic differences between males and females. Males appear brown with bright orange markings, while females are dark blue with bright blue markings.

Diana fritillary caterpillars feed on violet leaves. As adults, they feed on flower nectar and dung.

Print and fold an origami Diana Fritillary Butterfly. For folding instructions, follow the same directions as the Tiger Swallowtail Origami.

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