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Origami Butterfly

The origami butterfly is easy to make, and is also a fun action toy.  You can decorate it with colored pencils or crayons.


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Start with a square 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) piece of paper. 

If it is colored paper, put the colored side face down on the table as shown below. 

Then fold along the diagonal to give a triangle.

Origami Butterfly


origami butterfly ready to fold            folded triangle

Next fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. 

Then fold one corner upwards to make the first butterfly wing. 

triangle folded again        first butterfly wing folded up


Then fold the second wing upwards. 

Now open the butterfly out as shown, and it's done!

other wing folded up        butterfly unfolded

But wait, there's more! 

By gently pressing up and down on the body of the butterfly, as shown below, the wings will flap up and down. Go here for the video!

You can also decorate your butterfly to look like a real one or a picture that you've seen. 

press with finger to make wings flap        decorated origami butterfly



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