Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Origami Butterflies Tute

Hello friends,
Sorry I haven't had a chance to post this earlier, but I've been really busy at school. The semester is coming to an end soon, so there's a lot to do! I also have to apologize but I only had a chance to take pics at night & well... you know my horrid photog skills in the day time so...night- no bueno :( but hopefully, you'll get the point. 'Nuff blabber & let's get on with the deets:

Here's a card I posted with the origami butterfly I'm going to show you how to make today:
Now, here's the tute:
I created this on my Gypsy, but for those of you that don't have it, I have also included a pdf template. You can download the GYPSY file ---> HERE.
Download the pdf ---> HERE

I used my MS score board because it makes it easy to do, but use whatever you like for the score lines.

Begin by making sure your shape is straight.

I start by scoring the "neck" first. (see red arrow) that ensures there will be a score line there once we get going. muy importante. ;)

For visual purposes, I went over the score lines with my pencil so you can see it easier, but you would simply score at every 1/4". A.k.a every other score line on the MS board.

Score the entire shape.

Now you'll accordion fold on every score line---> back & forth...

back & forth...

don't stop now! keep going... 'til you're done :)

Now, squish it tight across the length. The tighter, the better. (yes, squish is the technical term, but squeeze and scrunch are acceptable too ;)

Next, I take & make a loop with twine. You can use thread, twine, jute, floss, hemp cord, whatev :)

Then just wrangle it to the center, still holding on to it. (ask for another hand or use a clothespin to hold on to it.)

Now, tie a tight knot.

Here's your preeetty butterfly :) All done...;)

Wait! Not just yet... here's where the magic happens :) If you notice, there's a longer end to your butterfly. This is the top. So make sure the "antennas" are up there.

Now, fan out the sides of each wing.

Spread them out. You'll start to see the butterfly emerge in front of your very eyes!!!

Adjust those wings until you're pleased with how they look. Tah dah!!! Dunzo! Easy peasy, right?!

In your template and GYPSY file, you'll find I've created 4 sizes as pictured below.
I hope you'll give it a go! They're easy & fun & are a lovely embellishment on a card, scrapbook page, or project. This is something the kiddos can do too!

Here's one more card:

Thanks for peeking today!
Gotta go!


  1. That looks easy enough for me to do. Thanks for the tut. will give it a try. Amazing manicure, too Karli, those nails look fab!

  2. Thanks so much for the file and tutorial.

    p.s. Love your nails!

  3. Thanks for sharing these great cards and also for the tutorial and pdf file for those of us who don't have a Gypsy!
    Wishing you all the best in your last few days of school for 2012! Enjoy your break.

  4. Ooooo, I can't wait to try this one. My mom loves butterflies and I think she would love this.


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