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.


50 States: Flags and Fun
ARIZONA, the Grand Canyon State
ALABAMA, the Yellowhammer State
HAWAII, the Aloha State 
Amazing Animal Facts
Batty for Bats
Crazy for Cats
Devoted to Dogs
Frogs: Poisonous Dart Frog
Frogs: Surinam Toad
Green Sea Turtle
Hawaiian Monk Seal
Insects: Kamehameha Butterfly
Sea Otter
Squeaking Caterpillars!
Animal Crafts and Origami (Amazing Animal Facts, Coloring, Crafts and Origami)

Around the World (Celebrations, Crafts and Flags)

Iʻiwi (Hawaiian Honeycreeper)
Baby Honu and Friends
Count and Color Creatures of the Reef
Green Sea Turtle
Hawaii's Marine Mammals
Hawaiiʻs Rocky Shore (Tide Pool Identification Sheet)
Hawaii State Bird: Hawaiian Goose (Nene)
Hawaii State Gem: Black Coral
Hawaii State Insect: Kamehameha Butterfly
Hawaii State Mammal: Hawaiian Monk Seal
Humpback Whale
Malia in Hawaii: Celebrating All The Parts of Me!
Poi Dog

Dollar Bill Folding
Aloha Shirt
Bow Tie

Boy's Day
About Boy's Day
Boy's Day Carp Origami (Koi Nobori)
Boy's Day Kites
Canada Day (July 1): Happy Canada Day Card 
Chinese New Year
Chinese Lion Paper Bag Puppet
Chinese Dragon Puppet
Dragon Fortune Teller
2010: The Year of the Tiger
Cinco de Mayo
Color the Mexican Flag
Origami Cinco de Mayo Boy Doll
Origami Cinco de Mayo Girl Doll
Print and Fold Paper Maracas
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
Flag Day (June 14)
National Flag Day
Color the U.S. Flag for Flag Day
Girl's Day, Hina Matsuri
About Hina Matsuri
Girl's Day Origami: Emperor
Girl's Day Origami: Empress
Independence Day 
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
4th of July Bald Eagle Paper Airplane
Eagle Origami
Uncle Sam Origami
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
HAWAII Admission or Statehood Day (3rd Friday in August) 
Memorial Day
Memorial Day: the USS Arizona Memorial
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
Origami Uncle Sam
Independence Eagle Paper Plane
Motherʻs Day
Mother's Day Card (Owl Always Love You)Origami Mother's Day Card (Some Bunny Loves You)
Saint Patrick's Day
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
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 Pattern (for napkin rings, place cards and greeting cards)
Thanksgiving Turkey Origami Card
Turkey Origami
World Environment Day (June 5)
World Environment Day: Many Species. One Planet. One Future.
Happy World Environment Day Card
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
Veterans Day
Print and Color the U.S. Flag
Print and Fold an Independence Eagle Paper Airplane
Print and Fold an Uncle Sam Origami

Origami (Print and Fold)
Bat for Halloween (vampire)
Butterfly: Diana Fritillary
Butterfly: Kamehameha
Butterfly: Monarch
Butterfly: Spicebush Swallowtail
Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail
Butterfly: Two-Tailed Swallowtail
Chinese Dragon
Christmas Gift Tag: Mrs. Santa Claus
Christmas Gift Tag: Santa
Christmas Tree
Christmas: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Christmas: Santa
Cinco de Mayo Boy
Cinco de Mayo Girl
Dragon Fortune Teller
Flower: Camelia
Flower: Iris
Flower: Poinsettia
Flower: Tiger Lily
Haunted House
Heart Envelope (Valentine)
Japanese Emperor
Japanese Empress
Monster Origami (with Graveyard Headstone)
Pilgrim Hat
Pilgrim Boy and Girl
Puppy 1
Puppy 2
Rabbit Face
Saint Patrick's Day Origami Greeting
Sea Otter
Turkey (Thanksgiving Card)
Turkey, Wild American
Turtle, Green Sea
Turtle, Red-bellied
Uncle Sam
Valentine Heart Envelope Origami
Vampire (Dracula)
Whale: Humpback
Great Horned Owl Mask
Hawaiian Honeycreeper Bird (I'iwi)
Monster Mask
Owl (Pueo)
Pumpkin Mask
Skull Mask

Paper Models and Planes
Paper Model: Christmas Snowflake Ornament
Paper Model: Christmas Star Ornament
Paper Model: Heart Ornament
Paper Model: Roman Colosseum and Constantine's Arch
Paper Model: Space Shuttle
Paper Plane: Independence Eagle
Paper Plane: Space Shuttle

Puppets and Other Crafts
Chinese Lion Paper Bag Puppet
Dragon Puppet
Owl and Turtle Paper Bag Puppets
Skeleton Hanging Puppet
Spider Pinwheel
Super Science
Aurora Borealis
Origami Folding Robot
Origami, Math and Science
Space Shuttle

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