I thought I would try my hand at a paper butterfly today and give you some directions to try it out yourself!
Step 1: Create a waterbomb base. Fold your square of paper in half, then in half the other direction.
Unfold the paper. Flip it over and fold it into a large triangle the other direction.
Now, let the folds come in on themselves to create a smaller triangle.
Here is the video I used to make this base:
Step 2: Fold the upper layer on both sides down to the bottom tip.
Step 3: Flip the paper over. Fold the bottom tip upward so that it is about a half inch above the horizontal edge. (Quick note: I did this with card stock, which tore when doing these smaller folds. Use paper!)
Step 4: Fold down the upper layers. Make a squash fold by pressing the paper flat on the side.
Step 5: Flip paper over. Fold down the tip and then fold it half of it up again to create the butterfly's head.
Step 6: Fold paper in half. On the top half, make a diagonal fold, which makes one wing pop out. Flip the paper over and do another diagonal fold to make the other wing pop out.opens IMAGE file
Step 7: You're done!
Now, post a comment with a photo of the butterfly you created, and stop in the nature center to see Tagami's beautiful origami butterflies in person.
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