Watercolor Origami Butterflies made using coffee filter paper!
This was a great joint activity!
Emma and I made ‘Thank you’ cards for her teachers using up all the coffee filters she has painted and the flower stamps we made last week.
So I know you are asking, ‘why use coffee filter paper to make origami?’
Good Question. Firstly it looks so pretty, and secondly – and this is the main reason right here, a while back we made coffee filter butterflies with watercolor paint. Emma loved it – in fact she loved it so much she asked me for about a month to ‘paint butterflies!’ She was not all that interested in making them finished, she just wanted to paint!
So we took all the painted coffee filters and cut out squares!
How to make a butterfly. I have used plain paper to demonstrate.
1. Start with a square. Ours were different sizes – between 5cm and 10cm.
2. Fold in half – both ways – turn over – and fold on the diagonals – both ways.
3. Push in two sides – as shown in the picture below.
4. Push in the two opposite sides (step 3) until the paper is flat.
5. Fold two corners over to meet the centre line
6. Turn over and lift the bottom piece up, so the top point is slightly over the paper. When you do this the folded triangles will start to open – that’s good!
7. Fold the tip over the paper and push hard!
8. Pinch and squeeze the centre together and release. You should now have a beautiful butterfly!
I folded all the butterflies – and they really turned out so pretty!
We stuck them onto the printed flower card we had made earlier! This made a great background for our flying beauties!
Hope you enjoyed our Origami Butterflies – we loved making them!
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