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.


Halloween is around the corner, so you'd think that this is a Photoshopped image of a toad ready for a night of Trick-or-Treating in his bat costume.

Except this is not an altered image. This photo was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Peru's Cerros de Arnotape National Park. In an interview with Rainforest Expeditions (blog.perunature.com), Olaya says that "out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open."

The mountainous Cerrros de Arnotape National Park, where Olaya took the photo, is spread out over 90,000 hectares. The park's geography features a combination of dry tropical forests and zones, arid zones, and Andean mountain range ecosystems that support a tremendous amount of biodiversity such as Andean condors, spotted cats, red deer, gray deer, anteaters, spectacled bears, Guayaquil squirrels and scarlet macaws. 

To learn why the bat may have been flying so close to the ground, and what happened to it, read the full article at Rainforest Expeditions.

To fold an origami bat, click here.
To fold an origami frog, click here.
Frog Origami

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