How to Make an Origami Butterfly

Butterfly origami final step
Difficulty: Intermediate
Learn how to fold a beautiful butterfly with our easy, step-by-step instructions and helpful images.

This origami butterfly is lovely and looks even better with nice origami paper. The wings spread out nicely and the body comes up a little to give it a more realistic look. The head adds another dimension of realism and if you like, you can make and attach some antennas for a more complete look.

This origami butterfly is best when hung from the ceiling, but it is also elegant as wall art, mobile phone decorations, additional room decorations, gift cards, or appreciation gift wraps.

It is perfect to use each butterfly with a small magnet on the back to hang on the magnetic bulletin board above your desk or as a refrigerator magnet. They significantly contribute to making your room brighter and fresher.

These easy origami butterflies are an ideal springtime pastime for children and adults. You can also make this butterfly origami in whatever size you desire. It is simple to construct and fold. You’ll be folding these adorable paper butterflies in no time if you follow the step-by-step directions for origami butterflies.

Step 1
Butterfly origami step 01
Start with a square piece of origami paper. I am using an 7×7 inches origami paper.

If you only have regular paper, follow these instructions on how to make a square origami paper.

Step 2
Butterfly origami step 02
If you are using a two color sided origami paper then face the lighter side upwards.

Step 3
Butterfly origami step 03
Fold the paper in half by folding the upper left corner to the lower right corner.

Step 4
Butterfly origami step 04
Unfold. You now have a diagonal crease where the dotted gray line goes.

Step 5
Butterfly origami step 05
Fold in half again by folding the upper right corner to the lower left.

Step 6
Butterfly origami step 06

Step 7
Butterfly origami step 07
Fold in half again by folding the top half back.

Step 8
Butterfly origami step 08

Step 9
Butterfly origami step 09
Bring the left and right creases together to form this triangle.

Step 10
Butterfly origami step 10
Fold the left and right corner of the top layer to the top corner of the triangle.

Step 11
Butterfly origami step 11
Turn the model over.

Step 12
Butterfly origami step 12
Fold the bottom part of the triangle up with a portion of the top corner showing, like in the picture.

Step 13
Butterfly origami step 13
Turn the model over.

Step 14
Butterfly origami step 14
Pull down the left flap of the triangle and the side will be forced to bend in. Fold and flatten the side down.

Step 15
Butterfly origami step 15
Like before, pull down the right flap and fold in the side.

Step 16
Butterfly origami step 16
Turn the model over.

Step 17
Butterfly origami step 17
Fold down the top triangle.

Step 18
Butterfly origami step 18
Fold a good portion of the triangle back up, but leave some parts folded down.

Step 19
Butterfly origami final step
Slightly pust the flaps together and now you have a very cute origami butterfly ready to fly. Just kidding!


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