Origami Butterfly

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December 28, 2021

The completed Origami ButterflyWith just a few simple folds you can make this easy and impressive paper butterfly.

They take only minutes to fold and you can make them in different colours patterns and sizes to decorate walls or gifts or for hanging as a mobile


Total Time: 5 minutes per butterfly


  • One square of paper
  • optional - adhesive such as glue, double sided tape or a glue dot
Origami paper.


  1. Fold your square of paper corner to corner with the plain side to the inside if your paper is patterned
  2. Folding the paper in half.
  3. Crease the fold well
  4. Folding the paper in half.
  5. Repeat in the opposite direction
  6. Folding the paper in half lengthwise.
  7. Crease well again
  8. The folded piece of paper.

  9. Open it out and make another fold. this time bring the sides together with the patterned side to the inside
  10. Origami Butterfly
  11. Crease it well
  12. The folded piece of paper.
  13. Open it out again
  14. The unfolded piece of paper.
  15. Then fold edge to edge in the opposite direction
  16. Adding more folds to the paper.
  17. Your folded paper should now look like this
  18. The paper folded into a star shape.

  19. Pull it all together
  20. Folding the paper in the center.
  21. Then lay it flat like a triangle
  22. The folded paper.
  23. Pull up one of the corners like this
  24. Folding the wings of the butterfly.
  25. Fold it up to the top point but pull slightly to one side to offset it. Then crease it flat
  26. Adding folds to the paper.
  27. Do the same with the other point
  28. Adding folds to the paper.

  29. Turn the whole thing over and it will look like this from the other side
  30. The folded triangle.
  31. Fold the top corner down and crease
  32. Adding small folds to the paper.
  33. Pull this folded corner up and over the top to the front. Do not crease it this time
  34. Adding folds to the paper.
  35. This is how it will now look from the front with a slight curvature
  36. Creating the butterfly shape.

  37. Pinch the centre top
  38. Creating the butterfly shape.
  39. And crease together firmly at the back
  40. The butterfly shape from the side.
  41. If the top corner that you folded to the front isn't staying in place very well, you can secure it with glue, double sided tape of a glue dot
  42. A completed Origami Butterfly
  43. Make them in different colours and designs for an amazing and pretty display
  44. A collection of Origami Butterflies
    Origami Butterfly

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January 2, 20220 found this helpful

Your directions are wonderful. I am an origami lover and will begin this type of butterfly right away. Ma y thanks. Karen

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