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Make an Origami Bee for Bee Awareness! thumbnail

Bees are under threat of extinction! Make an origami bee and contribute to raising awareness of the importance of bees as pollinators of many of the nutritious fruits, vegetables, and seeds we rely on. May 20th is World Bee Day • September is National Honey Month in the USA. Watch the video below to make [...]

Three Origami Figures to Celebrate the Spirit of Summer! thumbnail

I love summer! Do you love summer too? I have been enjoying the summer here in Vermont this year. It is a place that is my home, and always a source of great pleasure. With almost nine months of cold or freezing weather during the other three seasons, and having been born in a tropical [...]

Stay Calm and Make an Origami Ladybug -Free Video Tutorial thumbnail

I am sure that you are having your own set of challenges and fears as we ride the crazy rollercoaster caused by the Coronavirus. I hope you are doing well, and that you are healthy! As a token of gratitude for your presence in my life, I have released an origami video tutorial to make [...]

Origami Blue Butterfly Boxes thumbnail

I must be dreaming of summer and we’re still far from spring because lately, I keep thinking of butterflies. Whenever I see a butterfly I remember the warm sweet smelling slopes of the Andes mountains of my native country, Colombia, and that time a friend took me to the banks of a river and we [...]

How to Make a Lovely Paper Butterfly in Less Than 6 Minutes thumbnail

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, [...]

Make an Origami Ladybug and Bring Yourself Good Luck! thumbnail

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 [...]

How to Make an Origami Dragonfly thumbnail

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 [...]

Yellow Butterflies in Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez thumbnail

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 [...]

Make a Rainbow of Origami Butterflies thumbnail

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 [...]