These instructions will walk you through how to make an origami butterfly. It’s a pretty simple design and all you need is a square sheet of paper.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.

Butterfly Step 1

Step 1) Start with a square sheet of paper with the white side up. Fold it in half horizontally, crease it well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half vertically, crease it well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 3

Step 3) Fold the top quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Butterfly Step 4

Step 4) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 5

Step 5) Fold the bottom quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Butterfly Step 6

Step 6) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 7

Step 7) Fold the right quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Butterfly Step 8

Step 8) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 9

Step 9) Fold the left quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Butterfly Step 10

Step 10) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 11

Step 11) Fold the paper in half diagonally. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 12

Step 12) Fold the paper in half diagonally the other way. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 13

Step 13) Turn the paper over so the coloured side is facing up.

Butterfly Step 14

Step 14) Fold the corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 15

Step 15) Fold the next corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 16

Step 16) Fold the next corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 17

Step 17) Fold the final corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 18

Step 18) Turn the paper over so the white side is facing up again.

Butterfly Step 19

Step 19) Fold the two sides of the paper towards the centre along the dotted line. You already have a crease here. Only fold the middle half of the paper where the dotted lines are. Don’t fold the top or bottom parts of the existing crease.

Butterfly Step 20

Step 20) You should have a shape that resembles what you see here. Fold both the top and bottom of the model along the dotted lines to the centre.

Butterfly Step 21

Step 21) This is a completed Boat Base. Fold the bottom two flaps of paper down along the dotted lines.

Butterfly Step 22

Step 22) Flip the model over.

Butterfly Step 23

Step 23) Fold the top part of the paper down along the dotted line.

Butterfly Step 24

Step 24) Flip the model over again.

Butterfly Step 25

Step 25) Fold the top flap of paper on the right along the dotted line towards the centre. The dotted line goes from the top corner to halfway down the diagonal line at the bottom as you can see in the diagram.

Butterfly Step 26

Step 26) Fold the top flap of paper on the left along the dotted line towards the centre. The dotted line goes from the top corner to halfway down the diagonal line at the bottom as you can see in the diagram

Butterfly Step 27

Step 27) Flip the model over.

Butterfly Step 28

Step 28) Valley Fold along the dotted line in the direction of the arrow in the diagram. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 29

Step 29) Valley Fold along the dotted line on the other side in the direction of the arrow in the diagram. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Butterfly Step 30

Step 30) Pinch the middle of the model along the two folds you just made and form a Mountain Fold along the vertical line in the middle. This gives the butterfly it’s final shape.

The Completed Origami Butterfly

The Completed Traditional Origami Butterfly.

How did it go? Post a photo of your butterfly in the comments. If there’s any part of the instructions that you’re stuck on let us know as well so we can help out.