Simple Origami Butterfly Tutorial

 

These butterflies were made using the excess pages from a book folding project and are very simple to make.

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Take a square of paper  it can be any size depending on what size butterflies you want. In this step by step I have used a 3″ square

20150628_160110Fold paper in half  bottom edge to  to top edge, crease and open back out

20150628_160224Fold left side edge to right side edge, cease and open back out.

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Turn the paper over and fold bottom left corner to top right corner, crease and open back out

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Repeat above folding bottom right corner to top left corner, crease and open back out.

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Start to push the two side in and you can see the triangle shape starting to form.

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Press flat as shown above

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Fold point of bottom right flap up t o the centre point at the top.20150628_130847

repeat with the left side

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Turn paper over and with the point of the triangle at the bottom  lift the flap up so the point is over the top

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With your finger just press and crease in the middle

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turn paper back over 20150628_131048

and fold the point of the triangle  over

 

 

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Fold in half from right to left  and just pinch where the point was folded over

 

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this is now your basic butterfly – if you want to add antenna

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Just lift up the folded point, place the antenna in the crease add a dot of white glue and fold point back over

 

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hold in place for a minute or so for the glue to take, than fold in half from right to leaft again and pinch as before

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now you can shape the wings if you wish and add a little ink around the edges too.

To get them to “float” on the book pages I have just taken a centimetre wide strip of thick acetate (packing acetate is ideal) folded the top over about a centimetre added some red taps or a dab of glue, decide what angle you want your butterfly and stick in place.

These will now just slide into the pages where you want them and and be stuck permanently to the page if you wish.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa MacGregor

    Brilliant thanks Julie, love the finished book fie Bonnets, looks amazing 😊 x

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