Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you don’t fancy buying the cards in the shops, here’s a cute alternative for you: a love note in an origami butterfly. Don’t know how to make one? milk. has a step-by step tutorial right here.
These butterflies can be made with any size piece of paper. In this tutorial I used A4 pink paper to get in the Valentine mood.
You will need:
A piece of paper
If you have a rectangular piece of paper, you will need to make it into a square. To do so, place your paper in a landscape position, take the left edge and fold it against the bottom edge.
You now need to cut along the right edge of the square (see the dashed line in the picture).
When you unfold the square you will have a diagonal line across it. You should now create another diagonal fold between the other two corners.
Unfold it again and flip over your piece of paper so that it is faced down. You then need to fold the paper in half horizontally and vertically before unfolding it again and turning the paper face up.
Write your message for your loved one.
Following the pictures, fold the edges of line 1 down to meet at line 2. Then fold this down flat to create a triangle.
Take the top layer of the left corner and fold it up to meet the top corner. Do the same with the top layer of the right corner as well.
You should now flip the paper over so the triangle is pointing towards you.
Now take the top layer of the bottom corner and fold it upwards so that it pokes over the top edge slightly. Be careful to only flatten the centre of this fold, not the edges.
Turn over your paper and fold the little triangle at the top down towards you.
With the little triangle facing inwards, gently fold your butterfly in half and pinch at the centre to secure the fold. When you let go you should have your love bug!
This is an optional step for those wanting to decorate your love bug.
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Happy Valentine’s Day and happy folding!