Japan: Origami Butterfly

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Origami Butterfly
Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages all-ages

Origami, Japan's traditional craft of paper-folding, has been used since the 10th century to sculpt animals and wrap gifts. Animals, birds, fish and insects are favorite origami subjects. After folding the butterfly featured here, you can make it flutter by pressing on its back with the tip of your finger.

Interested in learning more? Check out "it's a small world: the animated series" to watch six international friends travel to places all over the world - including Japan! 

What you'll need

  • 6 x 6-inch sheet of origami paper
  • Glue
  • 1 x 4-inch strips of origami paper or curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Markers

How to make it

  1. Origami Butterfly Step 1

    This colorful creature is created not by metamorphosis but by folding the origami paper in half to form a triangle.

  2. Origami Butterfly Step 2

    Fold the triangle in half again.

  3. Origami Butterfly Step 3

    Unfold the second triangle, then fold each side so that it crosses the center crease at a right angle.

  4. Origami Butterfly Step 4

    (Continuation of above directions.)

  5. Origami Butterfly Step 5

    Unfold. Glue on the strips for antennae and curl them using the edge of a scissor. Glue on the googly eyes and decorate with markers.

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