Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)
Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This is yet another butterfly design from Michael LaFosse’s origami book – Origami Butterflies.This book has 15 models to choose from and also included in it, is a section about the system designed for these butterflies, which can also be used to create one’s own designs. I was able to fold this model in about 20 minutes and this time includes the styling of the lower wings of the butterfly as well as other adjustments.

What kind of paper to use:

Since these models require that a bit of styling or paper flexibility is required, it is advisable to use origami paper itself which is thin and can be formed or bent and folded easily. I haven’t tried using any other kind of paper for these models.

Size and color of paper to use:

You need a square sheet of paper which can be colored differently on both sides or it could be ‘blank’ or white on one of the sides. Contrasting colors or bright colors would go really well for this particular design. This is because, if you notice, you need a contrasting color to match for the ‘zig-zag’ pattern on the wings. 2 contrasting colors, I felt, would make a better combination instead of the usual white and bright color. This model has been folded from a 9” sheet of origami paper – Large Origami Paper.

How to fold this model:

elsix2006 has uploaded an instructional video on youtube.

Origami Hummingbird (Design by Gregory Knesner)

Hummingbird (Design by Gregory Knesner)
Hummingbird (Design by Gregory Knesner)

This is an intermediate model of a Hummingbird from the book by Robert Harbin – Origami 4. This book, might I add, is a very old and rare book, which is now difficult to obtain. A friend of mine sent this to me sometime ago and I thought of trying this model out, from it.

As with most of Harbin’s books, only the main steps or instructions are used and each of these are a combination of successive simple steps. It takes a bit of getting used to and makes even the simple models look a tad bit complicated.

For this particular hummingbird, I used construction paper of A4 size cut down into a square sized sheet of about 9” or so. I am not all too pleased with the manner in which the wings of the hummingbird turned out, but that’s the best I could do with it, after half on hour of struggling. 🙂

My guess is that this book by Robert Harbin, is no more in print and the design might not be on the Internet, too. I have come across many designs for the hummingbird, but I liked this one the best of all.

Maybe the next time I try it, there will be an improvement on the wings.

Alexander Swallowtail Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Alexander Swallowtail Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)
Alexander Swallowtail Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

I had been looking out for this design for quite sometime now and stumbled upon the link and designer in Sara Adams’ blog. This is a real pretty design of a swallowtail butterfly and Michael LaFosse has incorporated an amazing amount of detail in this model.

The swallowtail butterfly is an intermediate model (level of complexity of folding) and looks best when folded using origami paper, which is blank on one side, or simply single side colored. It took me about 15 minutes to fold this butterfly and another 5 minutes for finishing touches on it.

What you need:
Origami paper of 7” or more for a decently sized butterfly; preferably single side colored. In this image, of the model I folded, I have used printed origami paper (dual side print). It does not give the same effect of contrast as Michael’s model in his instructional Video.

How to fold the swallowtail butterfly:
Michael LaFosse’s book – Origami Butterflies – which he co-authored with Greg Mudarri and Richard Alexander is a collection of designs on butterflies and this model is taken from there. There also exists a good tutorial by Tadashi Mori on his YouTube channel.

I think this model is apt for the time…..as Spring is in the air and flowers have started to bloom….at least in my part of the world! 🙂

Origami Swan

Origami Swan
Origami Swan

I have folded this model of a Swan by following a video on youtube.com. This design is quite different from other Swans as it can be used as a little container or basket for small items such as your jewellery or some other small items.

I have used contruction paper for this, again. It was A4 in size and I have cut it down to a square shape. I didn’t have any trouble with the folds this time around as there were not many intricate folds to begin with!

What you need to Fold this model:
1. Origami paper or craft paper of an appropriate size, such as 6″ to 7″.
2. Felt tip pen (Optional) to color the swan’s beak black in color.

How to fold this model:
Youtube.com once again comes to the rescue. Barbabellaatje’s Video is very helpful and really easy to follow. Tips have been provided in the video itself to guide you through the steps. This is a great Origami Channel and there are a lot of “How To” videos uploaded on many Origami Designs.

Origami Butterfly

Origami Butterfly
Origami Butterfly

This is a very pretty butterfly which is really very easy to fold. It makes a nice little gift or token for family and friends.

All you need is a square sheet of paper. It maybe colored on both sides or only on a single side. This doesn’t really matter. I have used a single colored square sheet of Origami paper to fold this model.

Based on how large you need the butterfly to be when it’s completely folded, you would need to choose an appropriate size of paper. For this particular model, I have used a 6″ square sheet of Origami Paper.

You can also use wrapping paper cut to an appropriate size or ‘foil’ paper, which you get at the stationers sometime. The kind of paper you use will give an added effect on the final model. It is advisable not to use stiff or thick paper, as this will make folding difficult.

How to fold this Origami Butterfly:
Sara Adams has uploaded a very good instructional video on YouTube.com explaining how to fold this pretty model. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me!