Tutorial - Origami Butterfly

The rest of the world may be wrapping up their final plans for Christmas, but in Operation Write Home world, you know that means we're pushing past Valentines and starting to think Spring!

Does it feel like spring yet? Well Rhonda of Rhonda's Place to Share is helping us get into the springtime mood with origami butterflies. Thanks, Rhonda, for sharing this fun technique with us today!

Supply List
2 pieces of designer paper or origami paper (the size depends on how big you want your butterflies, I used 2x2)
Bone folder

First start with your 2 pieces of paper (If your using a paper with fancy edges like I have, make sure the corners are opposite each other).

Fold paper, bringing the 2 opposite corners together. Unfold and fold the same way in the other direction, unfold. You should now have 2 criss cross lines meeting in the center of your paper.

Next fold one side of the paper in half in both directions. Unfold and fold again on the diagonal line (if you have an edge with a design make sure it is on the right and bottom of the triangle.

Lift up on the paper to form a peak like shown in the picture above. Bring the top edge of the peak across to the right so that it lays flat, forming a square.

Using the diagonal line in the middle of the square as a guide, lift that section of the paper to form a “flap” (see picture below).

You now have your right wing. To form the left wing, follow the same directions with the paper on the reverse side. (your starting triangle will face left instead of right).

Now that you have your 2 wings, adhere them together on the bottom flaps.

You have your finished butterfly.

Thanks again to Rhonda! Ok, everyone, let's give it a try.

Paula S.  – (December 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM)  

Beautiful butterfly Rhonda! I predict that once everyone is past the rush of the holiday this will be the "pinwheel" for OWHers and our shippers will be seeing lots of butterflies this spring! Thanks for this tutorial and the lovely samples too.

Lee Mae  – (December 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM)  

Great tutorial! I am going to make some of these. Thanks for making the lovely samples.

Jan Hunnicutt  – (December 23, 2011 at 9:04 AM)  

Beautiful cards and a fun idea, I want to try some of these when our Christmas rush at home is over!

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