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It may fly afway...
I've known how to make this butterfly for ages, so I thought I should share it with you;)

I realized it is really hard to explain the way I fold, so if you don't understand, please say so, I'll try to help;)

You can use any kind of paper, provided that it's foldable and has a nice color on one or both sides;)

Posted by Blackbird from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands • Published See Blackbird's 4 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, take a square piece of paper with the white side up.

    Fold it in half and fold the sides to the fold in the middle. Lay flat.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold down the corners, but don't let them touch the folds you've just made.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the sides, over the corners you've just folded, it should look like this.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the piece in half over the length.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 5
    Step 5

    Fold the corners down. (The corners of the CLOSED side)

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now comes the tricky part, you have to follow all the folds you've made, and this should be the result.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the side in the middle (yeah right) down for about half a cm.

    It should look like this.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take the flaps and fold them over the fold you've just made.
    Make sure it lay flat.
    Now your butterfly has wings.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the piece in half. (mountainfold)

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 10
    Step 10

    Another tricky part; take one wing and fold it upwards, it should look like this:

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn it around and do the same with the other wing.

    If you lay it down on the table, the wings and the body will be shaped like a W, \/\/, so the wings point slightly upwards.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 12
    Step 12

    Take the butterfly in your hand, and fold the "body" like this:

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 13
    Step 13

    Lay flat, the part that you've just folded up.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 14
    Step 14

    The last thing, fold the flap that connects the ings down, like this:

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Butterfly - Step 15
    Step 15

    And here's your brand new Butterfly:-D

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cj.prakk
cj.prakk · Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MY
stupid origami
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metta y.
metta y.
ok. i must be stoopid :/ can't get past number 5 and 6...... PLEASE HELP.
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Leah P.
Leah P.
step 6. i followed it and i ran into a wall.
not really. i just dont understand what you mean by follow.
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Kelly S.
Kelly S. · Gloucester, England, GB · 3 projects
Step 6 is giving me a headache! I'm sure once work it out I'll realise I'm dumb cos it's taking me so long! Any chance of a video to help??? I love the finished result!
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Dana A.
Dana A.
Help! I have gotten to number 12, but I don't understand it. In what way would you fold the 'body?"
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Yolanda L.
Yolanda L. · Lucena, Calabarzon, PH
hi...been trying to follow with the instruction but at step 6 ...i totally get lost....please help...thanks also for sharing....
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Zizi
Zizi · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 6 projects
OH! I get it. Step 5-6, you fold the (closed) corners to the inside, and that should push the wrong sides(white side)of your paper together? giving you the picture in step 6.
Step 7, you're taking the horizontal edge(the top one, in the picture) and folding it up towards the peak? and then opening the wings in step 8.
Step 10, taking one whole side (as opposed to one corner) and folding in back outward and leaving a small part in the center folded for the body?
Step 12 looks like you took the side corners and folded them into the center? No...that doesn't look right.
I think my paper was too small, but I ended up with a decent butterfly. Thanks!
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Zizi
Zizi · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 6 projects
OH! I get it. Step 5-6, you fold the (closed) corners to the inside, and that should push the wrong sides(white side)of your paper together? giving you the picture in step 6.
Step 7, you're taking the horizontal edge(the top one, in the picture) and folding it up towards the peak? and then opening the wings in step 8.
Step 10, taking one whole side (as opposed to one corner) and folding in back outward and leaving a small part in the center folded for the body?
Step 12 looks like you took the side corners and folded them into the center? No...that doesn't look right.
I think my paper was too small, but I ended up with a decent butterfly. Thanks!
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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
I love this, thank you.
pj
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tarra m.
tarra m.
I love the butterfly but can not figure this out with out a video or somthing Happy so i found another butterfly online that's similar but not as pretty Happy
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