I am sure there are many tutorials out there on how to make an origami butterfly but I thought I would put a short tutorial together to share with you on how I made mine. The nice thing about this butterfly is that you should have everything right there with you that you will need to make these lovely fluttering creatures.
Beautiful paper butterflies!
You will need the following:
~ Paper of your choice (nothing too thin or brittle)
~ Ink pad (color of you choice)
~ Thin wire
~ Wire nose pliers
So, let's start ...
Choose the size you would like your square to be, mark it out on your paper and cut it out. I like to make cardboard templates when I am wanting to make more than one of something. I used 3,4 and 5 inch squars for my butterflies.
Now start folding your paper as follows ...
Fold your paper in half both ways.
Then fold your paper diagonally both ways.
Now fold the center folds inwards to make a big triangle that is open at the bottom ...
... like this.
Next fold the top layer upwards towards the top.
This is what your paper should look like at this stage.
Next turn your paper over.
Now fold the corner of the solid piece upwards over the edge ...
... like this.
Flatten the center only ~ not the edges!
Fold the little triangle forward and over ...
... glue it down with a dab of glue. Normally you wouldn't use glue in origami but I think it is needed because of the wire you will place there for the feelers.
Since you are done with folding your butterfly you can now ink the edges if you wish to do so.
Cut a piece of wire for the feelers. The length depends on the size of butterfly that you have made and on what you like. I use a 4 inch piece of wire for a 4 inch square of paper. Bend the wire in half and with a pair of nose tip pliers squeeze the bend tightly together and curl the tips.
Next step is with the little triangle facing inwards ...
...pinch your butterfly together and flatten the crease.
Now your butterfly has it's shape.
Last but not least dip you feelers into glue and glue onto the tiny triangle.
All that is leftover to do is to find a place for you fluttering creature and enjoy it!!
I hope the instructions to this tutorial are written well enough for you to use and understand. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me and ask. I work very hard and try to take many photos and write my tutorials as good as I can for you even when I have two very lovable and nosey cats in between glue, scissors and other creating bits and pieces.
I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day.