There are lots of origami butterflies out there, but this one is my favorite. It is also quite simple. First, fold a waterbomb base. I'll explain how...

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Fold the paper in half along both diagonals. Notice that the colored side is visible.

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Now fold the paper in half horizontally and vertically. Notice that the white side is visible. Now unfold the paper.

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Turn the paper so the purple side is visible. Just flatten the paper along existing creases. See the next step for the result.

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There! Totally easy! This is an origami waterbomb base. Now place it flat on the work surface.

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Fold the side corners to the corner at the top.

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Now turn the paper over.

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Pull the tip of the pyramid down so it extends a little past the bottom edge.

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See how the paper at the corners has shifted? Press these areas flat. It will separate the wings so it will look more like a real butterfly.

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The wing corners are flattened now. Did you notice that I rotated the model? Extra points to Gryffindor if you did...

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Flip the model over so it looks like this.

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Fold the tip down, then fold the model in half down the middle. See the next step for the results.

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Grab the body of the butterfly and fold the wings down at an angle.

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Your butterfly is finished!

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This is a version of one of Akira Yoshizawa's butterflies. He has been called the father of modern origami; he helped teach the art of paper folding to the world!

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Want to learn how to make butterfly earrings using this model? Stay tuned for another Snapguide. But first, practice making this model with 6-inch squares of paper.