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.

Hawaiian Thanksgiving Greetings

Send Hawaiian-style Kālua Turkey Thanksgiving greetings to family and friends!

In Hawaii, Thanksgiving is celebrated just as it is on the mainland United States: with family, friends, and lots of food. Alongside the traditional turkey and stuffing, you'll likely find island favorites like sushi, noodles, rice and poke (Hawaiian raw fish salad).

To add an island flavor to the Thanksgiving meal, locals will sometimes prepare the turkey in an an imu. The imu is a traditional Hawaiian oven created by digging an earthen pit and lining it with rocks. Once the flames have died down and the rocks are very hot, the imu is lined with green banana leaves and palm fronds. Kālua turkey and pork steamed in an imu is ono (delicious)!

1. Animated Kālua Turkey GIF for websites and email:

2. Print and Fold a Hawaiian Kālua Turkey Card:

Directions for folding your Print and Fold Kālua Turkey Thanksgiving Card:

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