How to Make an Easy Origami Butterfly

  • 01 of 07

    How to Make an Easy Origami Butterfly

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    Learn how to make a sweet little origami butterfly with this easy origami tutorial. 

    This model is a traditional origami model, this paper butterfly has such a simple but elegant look.

    These paper butterflies would make great wall decorations as well as embellishments on handmade cards, scrapbooks and even the finishing touch on gift wrapping!

    For a bold look use solid colored paper or for an elegant Japanese look, try to find some authentic washi paper.

    You will need one sheet of square paper for each origami butterfly. You could also use other types of paper, such as newspaper, music sheets or wrapping paper to make these if you don't have any fancy origami paper in your house.

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  • 02 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 1

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    Tip: Make your folds as crisp and clean as possible. Don't overdo the folding, you don't want your paper to rip.

    Start off with your paper white side up if your paper has one. This will make sure that your butterfly is colored when it's done.

    1. Start by folding diagonally both ways. 

    2. Fold the paper in half both ways.

    3. Now you need to fold all four corners into the center.

    4. This is what you should have. 

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  • 03 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 2

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    5. Flip the model over.

    6. Fold all four corners into the center.

    7. Unfold the previous step and flip the model over to the other side.

    8. Unfold the paper.

     

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  • 04 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 3

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    9. Fold the right side into the center.

    10. Fold the left side to the center too.

    11. Holding the paper in the center, pull the right flap out to the right.

    12. Pull the left flap out in the same way.

    13. Flatten the top section.

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  • 05 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 4

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    14. Do the same for the bottom section.

    15.  This is what you should have now.

    16. Fold the top section behind.

    17. Flatten the model.

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  • 06 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 5

    Origami Butterfly Tutorial
    Chrissy Pk

    18. Flip the right layer down.

    19. Flip the left flap down.

    20. Fold a small section inwards where indicated.

    21. Fold the model in half to the right.

     

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  • 07 of 07

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 6

    Easy Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Step 1
    Chrissy Pk

    22. Fold a small section over where shown.

    23. Unfold the back layer to the left.

    24. Reverse fold the left side of the fold you just created.

    25. This is what the underside looks like.

    Hopefully ​you now have a pretty origami butterfly.

    If it came out not so great, just give it other go, make sure your folds are precise and you will do better the second time around.