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.

Holiday Arts and Crafts

New Year
New Year Photos from Around the World
Chinese Dragon Puppet
Chinese New Year

Valentine's Heart Envelope Origami
Valentine's Day
Animated E-Card: Some Bunny Loves You
Bee Mine Valentine Pop-Up Card
Some Bunny Loves You Favor Box
Valentine Bunny Box
Valentine Heart Envelope Origami
Valentine Heart Ornament

Girl's Day Empress Origami
Girl's Day, Hina Matsuri (March 3)
About Hina Matsuri
Girl's Day Origami: Emperor
Girl's Day Origami: Empress
Saint Patrick's Day (March 17)
Leprechaun Origami
Saint Patrick's Day Origami Greeting
Saint Patrick's Day Favor Boxes: Celtic Knots and Leprechauns
Saint Patrick's Day Favor Box: Shamrock Box

Boy's Day (May 5)
About Boy's Day
Boy's Day Carp Origami (Koi Nobori)
Boy's Day Kites
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Color the Mexican Flag
Origami Cinco de Mayo Boy Doll
Origami Cinco de Mayo Girl Doll
Print and Fold Paper Maracas

Mother's Day
Mother's Day Card (Owl Always Love You)
Origami Mother's Day Card (Some Bunny Loves You)

Memorial Day
Memorial Day: the USS Arizona Memorial
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
Origami Uncle Sam
Independence Eagle Paper Plane

World Environment Day (June 5)
World Environment Day: Many Species. One Planet. One Future.
Happy World Environment Day Card
Flag Day (June 14)
National Flag Day
Color the U.S. Flag for Flag Day
Father's Day
Build-A-Dad for Father's Day, Page 1
Build-A-Dad Businessman or Pilot Accessories
Dollar Bill Aloha Shirt Origami
Dollar Bill Bowtie Origami
Canada Day (July 1)
Happy Canada Day Card

Independence Day (July 4)
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
4th of July Bald Eagle Paper Airplane
Eagle Origami
Uncle Sam Origami

HAWAII Admission or Statehood Day (3rd Friday in August)


Halloween (October 31)
Bat Origami
Bat (Vampire) Origami
Black Cats Origami
Haunted House Origami
Monster Mask
Monster Origami (with Graveyard Headstone)
Owl Mask
Owl Origami
Owl Paper Bag Puppet
Pinwheel Spider
Pumpkin Mask
Pumpkin Halloween Favor Box
Skeleton Puppet
Skull Mask
Vampire (Dracula) Origami

Veterans Day (November 11)
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
Print and Fold an Independence Eagle Paper Airplane
Print and Fold an Uncle Sam Origami
Cornucopia Pattern for Thanksgiving Favors
Dollar Bill Turkey Origami
Fall-Themed Cut Outs and Clip Art
"Giving Thanks" Paper Bag Turkey Craft
Kālua Turkey: Hawaiian Thanksgiving E-card and Printable Card
Pilgrim Boy and Pilgrim Girl Origami
Pilgrim Hat Origami
Thanksgiving Turkey Gift Bag
Thanksgiving Turkey Pattern (for napkin rings, place cards and greeting cards)
Thanksgiving Turkey Origami Card
Turkey Origami

Christmas (December 25)

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