How to Make Origami Butterfly (Instruction + Video Tutorial)

If you’ve been following our blog, you’re probably aware of our passion for sharing paper crafts and origami projects on a weekly basis. This time, we’re excited to present another delightful and simple origami craft: an origami butterfly. What sets this craft apart is its functionality as an origami butterfly bookmark, making it an ideal and practical project for kids. To enhance its beauty, we’ve added intricate patterns, resulting in a truly spectacular piece.

Engaging in origami crafts not only brings joy but also offers a mini therapy session for craft enthusiasts. We’ve carefully outlined the instructions into easily understandable steps, allowing you to create origami butterflies from a single sheet of paper in just a matter of minutes.

The best part is that you can make this craft without spending a dime if you already have colored craft papers and highlighters at home. However, if you need to purchase supplies, you can find a pack of 200 sheets of 6-inch square origami craft paper for $6.50 and a set of 8 sharpies for $7. Even then, the total cost would be under $1, considering you’ll have plenty of leftover supplies for future projects after creating a multitude of origami butterflies.

Things You’ll Need Materials

  • Colored craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

How do you make an origami Butterfly step by step?.

Origami butterflies are a popular and delightful paper craft that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. By following a series of precise folding steps, you can transform a simple sheet of paper into a beautiful butterfly with intricate details. The art of origami not only fosters creativity but also enhances concentration and dexterity. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of creating an origami butterfly, allowing you to experience the joy of folding and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your own hands. So, gather your materials and let’s get started on this captivating origami journey.

Sure! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making an origami butterfly:

Step 1

To begin, start with the rectangular piece of paper. Fold it horizontally along the center, folding the width in half, and then unfold it. This action will result in a crease running along the folding line.

Next, fold the paper vertically, folding the length in half. This will create another fold along the center.

Now, take both of the closed corners of the paper and fold them inward. Align these folded corners with the middle line of the pattern you currently have.

Step 2

Unfold the corner folds and fold them inside as shown in the picture of this step.

Similarly, fold the other (left) corner inside and then flatten the pattern.

Fold the bottom square part in half by folding it upwards. Unfold to create the crease.

Step 3

To begin, create a fold along the crease made in the previous step, folding the bottom side inwards. Repeat this action for the bottom side on the other side as well.

Next, flip the layers (flaps) of the current pattern and rotate the pointy edge so that it faces downward.

Now, proceed to fold the inner corners of the top parts to a 45-degree angle. Similarly, fold the corners of both the left and right sides (inner corners).

Step 4

With caution, gently open the pattern on the right side and carefully align a folding line along the 45-degree crease created in the previous step.

After adjusting the folding line, proceed to flatten the top-small part of the pattern with the bottom part. This completes the right wing of the origami butterfly.

Likewise, repeat the process on the left side of the pattern to finish forming the left wing of the paper butterfly.

Watch Video Tutorial: How to Make Origami Butterfly

Frequently Asked Question

What materials do I need to make an origami butterfly?

You will need a square sheet of origami paper. If you don’t have origami paper, you can use any square piece of paper, such as printer paper or gift wrap.

How big should the origami paper be?

The size of the paper depends on the desired size of your butterfly. Typically, origami paper ranges from 6×6 inches (15×15 cm) to 8×8 inches (20×20 cm).

I’m a beginner. Are there any easier butterfly designs?

Yes, there are simpler butterfly designs suitable for beginners. You can start with a basic butterfly model that requires fewer folds and has simpler steps.

Can I use colored or patterned paper?

Absolutely! Origami paper comes in various colors and patterns, which can add a decorative touch to your butterfly. You can also experiment with different textures and designs.

What if my folds are not perfectly aligned?

Precision in folding is important for a clean and neat final result, but don’t worry if your folds are not perfect. Take your time, crease the folds well, and try to align them as accurately as possible for the best outcome.

How can I make the butterfly wings look more realistic?

After completing the basic butterfly model, you can gently shape and curve the wings by using your fingertips. This can add a more lifelike appearance to the butterfly.

Can I decorate the butterfly after folding?

Definitely! You can enhance your origami butterfly by adding details such as eyes, antennae, or patterns using markers, pens, or stickers. Get creative and personalize your butterfly!

What if I make a mistake while folding?

Mistakes are part of the learning process. If you make a mistake, gently unfold the incorrect step and redo it. Take your time, follow the instructions carefully, and enjoy the process of creating your origami butterfly.


Congratulations on completing your origami butterfly! You’ve successfully transformed a simple piece of paper into a beautiful and elegant butterfly. The art of origami is not only enjoyable but also offers a sense of accomplishment.  Throughout this process, you’ve learned how to fold and create precise creases to shape the butterfly’s wings and body. Remember that origami requires patience and practice, so don’t get discouraged if your first attempts don’t turn out as expected.

As you continue to explore the world of origami, you’ll discover an endless array of models and designs to try. Each creation will hone your folding skills and expand your creativity. Feel free to experiment with different paper sizes, colors, and patterns to add your unique touch to the butterflies. You can also display them as beautiful decorations, incorporate them into greeting cards, or gift them to friends and family.

About the author

Chrissy is a freelance writer, teacher, and designer who creates content on origami and paper crafts. She runs the site Origami Step and makes her own origami tutorials for readers. She has been writing about origami since 2008 and is the founder of website Origami Step, where she creates videos, resources, and printable origami paper.