Thursday, April 19, 2018

Giant, Pretty, Painted Origami Butterflies

Are there butterflies fluttering around your neighborhood?  We are currently enjoying Spring and all the colorful flowers and insects outside.  Today's post shares a quick spring craft for all you butterfly and origami enthusiasts.   We're making these lovely painted origami butterflies!

Giant Origami Painted Butterflies


How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring


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A bit of background on this craft...

My son is a big origami enthusiast.  When he first showed me this origami butterfly, I knew that I had to share it on the blog.  Today we added a twist to the traditional origami craft by using heavier weight drawing paper instead of traditional origami paper.  We also used  this brand of liquid watercolors to paint the butterflies in the end!

How to Fold Origami Butterflies:


1.  Fold along your paper's diagonals so that you have an "x." (These are my son's hands.  He wanted me to photograph him making the craft.)

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Step 2:  Slowly push and fold your paper along the diagonal folds like so...

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

and then you will eventually get a triangle shape like this:

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Step 3:  Turn the triangle upside down. 
Step 4:  Then, fold down the flaps on both sides to get this:

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Step 5:  Flip your paper over. 
Step 6:  Then, push the bottom corner up like so...

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

and then push the paper down on each side like so.

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Step 7:  Flip the butterfly over and you'll see this:

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Step 8:  Fold down the top triangle piece inside the body.  And you're all set!
How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring


Step 9:  Paint! (We used this brand of liquid watercolors.)

(By now my eldest ran away to read.  My youngest then stepped in because he really wanted to help me paint.)

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring


And here are our final results.  Aren't they pretty?

How to make GIANT, pretty, painted origami butterflies with the kids for spring

Hope you have fun trying these crafts out for yourself!

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