How to Make an Origami Butterfly

Paper Crafts

I’ve been playing with paper and made an origami butterfly ~ that ancient symbol of transformation.  Think I need a thousand more and make a wall curtain or at least a butterfly mobile out of them.
Cute, hey?!

Origami Butterfly

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Origami Butterfly Tutorial

Material Needs

Beyond a pair of scissors, you need only paper. ‘What kind of paper?’  ~ that’s the question.

For our first butterfly (see illustrations of this tutorial), we can just use a regular sheet of office paper. Costs nothing, and works rather well. You can decorate it later with markers or a sharpie, or leave it white, like an angel in the night.

When you are ready to make more, then, I suggest you experiment with colored origami paper, or fancy Washi origami paper (which is less expensive than you think, btw.)

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Tip: Origami paper is made for origami, and it tends to be perfect for miniature paper art and tiny folds. It pays to be neat in origami, so I urge you to make exact corners and perfect creases.

Step-by-Step Origami Butterfly Tutorial

Here is how you make your own butterfly.

Go to: Step 1

HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 1.

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Fold the top of the paper to the side of the paper.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 2.

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Do the same at the other side, so you get a big X. Cut off the unfolded strip of paper at the bottom.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 3.

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Fold the square paper over, so you get a central line as well.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 4.

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Holding the paper folded over, tuck in both flaps inside, so you end up with this:

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and like this, when viewed from the other side:

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 5.

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Fold up each of the triangular flaps upwards and match the top of the large triangle flap up with the top of the big triangle.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 6.

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Turn over your butterfly-in-the making.  The next fold is a foldover of your large triangle shape to create almost a ‘boat’ shape. However, rather than making a giant ‘sail’ on top like you would when folding a boat, you just let a small triangle stick out on top, that is about one thumb width, as is shown in the picture.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 7.

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Turn your origami work over again.  There are two loose flaps sticking upwards. Take each one of them in turn, and press them down on the table. What happens is that a long, thin triangle appears. Give that triangle a nice crease, so that it looks like the right side in the picture. Do both sides.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 8.

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Turn your work over again. The bottom of the butterfly should already look as in the picture 8. Now, to do the head, first fold it over in its totality, and then (see picture below), fold its tip back up to stick out just a tiny bit above the top wings here.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 9.

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Now we are going to create the butterfly body. First, fold the entire work over vertically, as is shown in the picture.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 10.

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Now, from the widest side of the head, where it touches the wings: from that point till the center of the upper wings at the bottom of the body, fold a crease, as is shown. Do this for both wings.

The created triangle is going to be the body.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 11.

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Next is give that body a 3D shape: fold each wings flush with the front of the center of the body.  I am showing you how to do one of them, but you got to do both wings.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ORGAMI BUTTERFLY – STEP 12.

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And then, all of a sudden, your Origami Butterfly emerges. Watch out, it’s about to fly away!

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More butterflies and beautiful transformations.

Just letting you know: there are many other beautiful butterfly crafts projects featured at FineCraftGuild.

Or, if you want to learn to make other origami designs: how about learning how to fold other origami animals?


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