How to make an origami butterfly

There are many different styles of origami butterflies.

This butterfly is a traditional model and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Start with a perfect square of plain white typing or copy paper. Once you have mastered this model, then complete it using two-sided paper – brightly colored on one side and light or white-colored on the other. The color contrast will make a spectacular object for display.

When doing origami, it is very important that you have a hard flat surface available to work on. This will allow you to make sharper creases and more accurate folds, thereby allowing you to make a better-looking model.

Follow these instructions

  1. Place a square of paper, colored side down (if using two-sided, origami-style paper), on your work surface so that its point is facing up and down, left and right.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  4. Locate the center of the square by determining where the crease lines made in 2 and 3 intersect.
  5. Bring the top point down to the center of the square. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Repeat Step 5 for the remaining point of the square. Turn the model over.
  7. Bring the top point down to the center of the model (use the intersection of crease lines as your guide again). Crease and unfold. Repeat with the remaining points.
  8. Turn the model over and open out all the flaps.
  9. Position the square so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. Bring the top edge to the center of the model. Crease and leave folded. Repeat with the bottom edge. You will now have a rectangular shape in front of you.
  10. Push the top-left point of the rectangle towards the center of the model, in between the two layers of paper. The top left portion of the model should collapse along crease lines made in previous steps. Repeat for the remaining points of the rectangle. The resulting shape (seen in the crease lines) should resemble a square with triangular shapes extending from the left and right edges. Turn the model over.
  11. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. Your model should now resemble a boat.
  12. Bring the top-left point (top layer of the model) down so that the model collapses along the left side of the “v”-shaped crease extending out from its center. In the process of bringing the left point down pat the bottom edge of the model, the top-left point of the model’s second layer should automatically be brought over to the center. Repeat with the right side of the model, which should now be shaped like a triangle, long edge facing away from you. Turn the model over.
  13. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold. Turn the model over.
  14. Place a thumb and forefinger at either side of the model’s center, vertical crease line, at the top edge of the model. Bring the right half of the model over the center crease line just enough so that the bottom point of the model separates into two wing-like shapes. Crease and leave folded.
  15. Turn under the loose corner that was brought over the center crease line. Re-crease the center portion of the butterfly to secure the folds.

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