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Thumbnail image for How to Make a Lovely Paper Butterfly in Less Than 6 Minutes

Here in the Northern hemisphere the prospect of winter is full upon us. But spring can always be in our hearts and any time of year is a perfect time to make this adorable origami butterfly! I am very excited to present this new paper butterfly, designed by my friend and much admired origami designer, [...]

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Has someone ever asked you “What is origami good for”? What they might be really saying with this question is: “Aren’t you wasting your time with such child’s play?” If this ever happens, here are a few possible replies: Origami improves memory, motor skills, and self-esteem. Origami teaches patience and perseverance. Origami is poetry and [...]

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When I was a girl my mother would say that a dragonfly appearing in our garden foretold the arrival of a visitor. Today you are visiting this page thanks to a dragonfly! Welcome! This lovely origami dragonfly joins a growing group of other origami insects already shown here on Origami Spirit: a bee , a [...]

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As have mentioned in another post, the yellow butterflies fluttering about Mauricio Babilonia in One Hundred Years of Solitude is an image that has stayed imprinted in my mind since reading that wonderful book. These butterflies were my gateway to Gabriel García Márquez’s world of magical realism. Today I join the universal chorus of fans [...]

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Do you like origami butterflies? What about origami boxes? Let’s then combine these two model concepts and see what we get! This origami butterfly opens into a box. It’s perfect for a note to your sweetheart or maybe to mom on her birthday or mother’s day. When I see butterflies I think of the warm sweet [...]

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Origami butterfly by Evi Binzinger. Video instruction below.——- What principles for cycling success can apply to origami for beginners? In this year’s centennial edition of the Tour de France, 2013, I watched with joy the masterful cycling performance displayed by the 23-year-old Colombian cyclist, Nairo Quintana. A newcomer to the Tour de France this year, I [...]

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This is a quote from a conversation between Seth Godin and Mary Jaksch. For a long time my definition of art was conventional. It was limited to those people who made pictures whether painted, drawn, or photographed wrote poems, or stories, or novels played an instrument, or sang acted on the stage or screen. For [...]

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One of my origami bees flew out of the studio window on a bright sunny morning and discovered a delightful, tasty, flower garden. My niece, Eliana, and I created a stop-motion animation of this origami bee having a feast. These were the steps we followed to make the stop motion video: An origami bee was [...]

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During the  informal Origami Pin Exchange at this year’s OrigamiUSA convention I folded a number of bees (instructions here) and made pins from them. The photo above shows pins I received in exchange.  Cute and Fun! Many origami models are easily made into pins.  All we need to do is glue a little pin on [...]