Hey there! I’m Becca, the Teen Librarian at the Main Library. Today’s DIY activity is making super easy butterfly origami.
I love making origami, and I’m often caught doing so with paper I’m supposed to be taking notes on during meetings, or with napkins at a restaurant while I wait for my food. That’s what I love about origami, all you need is a piece of paper and your hands!
My family comes from Japan and when I was a little kid, my grandma and I embarked on the journey of folding senbazuru (one thousand paper cranes). We only made it to 33, but I still have them and cherish them. Here’s a photo of them today! (Pro tip: Make time to create things with the people you love.)
Senbazuru (千羽鶴) is simply one thousand paper cranes held together by string. These bundles are often made and given to those who are suffering from illness in hopes that they will have a speedy recovery.
This is a photo I took at the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. The monument commemorates the thousands of children who were killed by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. Cranes are a symbol of peace in Japanese culture. Aren’t they beautiful?
Well, anyway, we’re going to try something much easier. Let’s get started! I’m going to show you how to make this awesome little butterfly!
For most origami, you will need to start out with a perfectly square piece of paper. You can get packs of origami paper at most supermarkets or craft stores, but there is really no need to buy fancy paper. You can take any sheet of regular paper and make a perfect square from it. Draw and color on one side of the paper to help you distinguish between the front and back. I do this a lot and any pattern looks great once it’s folded!
However, for this DIY video, I did want some fancy paper for a change. I stopped by a craft store and got this piece of scrapbook paper for just 54 cents. It’s a little thicker than origami paper, but for easy patterns it works great!
Follow along and pause the video whenever you need to so you can catch up.
がんばって! Good luck!
So, how did it go? Post a picture of your butterfly origami in the comments! I would love to see your designs. What other origami DIY videos would you like to see in the future? Let me know!
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