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.

Winter Star Snowflake Ornament

Print and assemble a snowflake star for Christmas...hang in your window or use as a treetop ornament. Assembled size: app. 14 inches


1. Print 5 copies of Star Snowflake Ornament Section on cardstock paper:

2. Cut out pattern.

3. Fold along solid lines and tab lines. Here I used a ruler and a butter knife to score the lines, to create crisp folds.

4. Each snowflake section be creased as shown. Note how all the folds are toward the blank surface of the pattern.

5. Tape or glue each section along the tab as shown. Double stick tape works best, since there's no mess and no waiting for it to dry.

6. Once the star sections have been assembled, flatten each section as shown.

7. Align 2 sections and secure the tabs as shown.

8. Repeat with all five sections. 

9. Carefully open your star like a fan, and secure the final two tabs.

Merry Christmas!

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