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Make a Rainbow of Origami Butterflies

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 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 thoughts on “Make a Rainbow of Origami Butterflies”

  1. 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.

    • 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!

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

  3. hi
    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

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


    A cat is dancing for your great work

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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?”

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

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

    Best to you,


  11. 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!


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