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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.origami-butterfly-box-4

When I see butterflies I think of the warm sweet smelling slopes of the Andes mountains in my native country, Colombia. I also remember Mauricio Babilonia being swarmed by yellow butterflies in Gabriel García Márquez’s book, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

What memories does a butterfly bring up to you?

In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love.  In Japan, they are seen as the soul of a person; whether the person is alive or dead.

To design this origami butterfly, I was inspired by an origami heart box created by Francis Ow. Here is the video tutorial to make the origami butterfly-box.

Tips and Suggestions for the Origami Butterfly-Box

  • The butterfly is made with a rectangular piece of paper in the proportion of 2:1
  • Use paper with different color on each side.
  • Kami paper is used in the video demonstration. This is a perfect paper to make this butterfly.
  • Cut in a half a square of  paper 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm) to obtain two of the desired rectangles.
  • Go ahead, make yourself a rainbow of origami butterflies!

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{ 38 comments… add one }
  • Monika February 21, 2019, 9:45 am

    Der Schmetterling mit dem Schächtelchen ist wunderbar. Etwas Besonderes! Danke für die gewohnt ausführliche und verständliche Erklärung! Lediglich die letzten kleinen Faltungen von der Rückseite her sind noch etwas übungsbedürftig.

    • Leyla Torres February 21, 2019, 9:48 am

      Hi Monika,
      I am happy you enjoy the butterfly and were able to make it. Practice makes the master. I am sure more lovely butterflies will lift from your hands in the future!
      Welcome to Origami Spirit!

  • Patricia May 12, 2016, 9:57 am

    Hola leyla sigo haciendo origami,pronto le tomare fotos a mi coleccion,gracias por los videos,explicas muy bien!

  • zahra May 26, 2015, 11:45 am

    i realy want to make it but i cant see the video
    please send me the video
    its wonderfull

  • zahra May 26, 2015, 11:31 am

    you know i realy want to make it but i cant see the video
    please put the pictures of the steps of making it here and help me make it
    it is so nice
    thank you

    • Leyla Torres May 29, 2015, 1:49 pm

      Hi Zahra, the video is the only instructions available at the moment.

  • Mia March 26, 2015, 9:34 am

    Super !
    mais quelle taille doit avoir le rectangle ? (en centimètre)

    • Leyla Torres March 26, 2015, 9:55 am

      La taille du rectangle peut être 15 x 7.5 cm (A coupées carré en deux)
      Regardez dans le poste sous le titre «Tips and Suggestions for the Origami Butterfly-Box”

  • roberta March 8, 2015, 2:36 pm

    J’adore votre site ☺

  • Moustache March 4, 2015, 3:37 am

    I really really really loooooovvvveeeedddd it great explanation ( as use wall ) can’t wait for more!!!!!!


    A cat is dancing for your great work

  • Janefer Pangilinan November 11, 2014, 11:50 pm

    i tried to open this video on youtube but it wont open… this is very cute…

  • Hellon October 31, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Hello my name is hellon and your butterfly box is awesome

    • Leyla Torres October 31, 2014, 10:57 pm

      Hi Hellon, I’m happy you like the butterfly box!

  • saba September 25, 2014, 2:12 pm

    u’re amazing Leyla!!!!

    • Leyla Torres September 25, 2014, 5:49 pm

      Thank you Saba ;-) This is all about what we all can do by folding paper and being creative!

    • Leyla Torres October 31, 2014, 10:57 pm

      Thank you :-)

  • mimi August 1, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Hi Leyla,
    I’m french but it’s easy to learn with your videos (Origami Swallowtail Butterfly -tutorial), I have just discovered your creations they’re amazing!

    Thank you so much <3

    • Leyla Torres August 1, 2014, 10:53 pm

      Hi Mimi, thank you for writing. I’m glad you like the videos… please spread the word and help us in promoting the Spirit of Origami!

  • sofia April 9, 2014, 11:15 pm

    Hi I am watching you from Thailand I got new duty from company to make public company board. your site help me a lot . You are a nice tutorial I really love it.

  • Carla March 30, 2014, 6:26 am

    I too like this Butterfly ‘box’ you made.
    Just folded along with your video (again wonderful explination) and am going to make a few more for on some gifts for the coming Origami convention in the Netherlands ;o)

    • Leyla Torres March 31, 2014, 11:10 am

      Hi Carla, I hope you have a delightful convention in the Netherlands… I wish I could be there!

      • nadia December 6, 2014, 12:18 pm

        Wow how long do you stay on the website

  • Rachel Grenfell March 27, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Obrigada, Leyla querida, por nos apresentar mais um modelo gracioso e encantador.

    Desejo a você toda a felicidade que me proporciona com sua criatividade e generosidade.

    Faça um “cafuné” na Coco, por mim. Será que vai ser possível traduzir “cafuné?”

    • Leyla Torres March 31, 2014, 11:09 am

      Estou feliz que você gostou deste site, rachel! É um prazer trabalhar com ele e saber que as pessoas gostam e se beneficiar dele.
      Eu vou dar a Coco sua “cafuné”

  • Elsa Lucia Cabrera March 27, 2014, 1:18 am


  • angelicaresende March 26, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Essa, nao conhecia,maravilhosa e seu brilho chegou aqui.Estou revendo o origami novamente.Muito obrigada por lembrar de mim…

  • Dawn Tucker March 26, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Another wonderful seasonal model! You never fail to delight!

    • Leyla Torres March 27, 2014, 9:49 am

      Thank you Dawn… the spring remains to be seen here in VT, but the butterflies are calling it into existence!

  • Rosemary March 26, 2014, 5:39 pm

    You have brightened my day, Leyla. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you, as always for your infinite origami spirit!

    Best to you,


    • Leyla Torres March 27, 2014, 9:40 am

      This has been in my “videos-to-make” list for a long time. I’m happy I finally did…I was waiting for some glimmer of spring.

  • Ian Joseph Nunes March 26, 2014, 4:49 pm

    I started watching your videos and following your blog a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely love your website and think all of your tutorials are marvelous and very informing. I definitely have an interest in Origami and always enjoy listening to your material! Isn’t is stunning that a simple piece of paper can create something as nice as this butterfly box!

    • Leyla Torres March 27, 2014, 9:47 am

      There is a lot of magic in origami, the magic of making it and the magic of sharing it. Welcome, Ian, to the spirit of origami!

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