Origami Butterfly Art

12:35:00 PM

As I have already mentioned, we are planning a big redo of my four-year-old’s room. I’ll be posting some big before and after posts very soon. I have a feeling that it will be a work in progress since we still need some new bedding. Anyway, I wanted to create some more art for her room. This is what we came up with:

We had this frame Metall Epok frame from ikea. It’s a long story, but it fell off the wall in our guest bathroom and the glass shattered. So I had this nice, relatively large (20" square, I think) frame, but no glass to protect the artwork. I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to create some artwork with some depth. I took the masonite back board and painted it the same color as the hairbow holder I made here—therefore repeating colors to create unity in the room.

Then over at sugarbeecrafts, Mandy declared one day  as origami day. I have been fascinated with origami since elementary school. Her posts inspired me to create some artwork using this butterfly origami pattern and this flower pattern. So I took a big 50% off coupon to Michaels and scored a pack of origami paper for $2.50. This is a multicolor pack of 300 sheets--3inches by 3 inches.

I then took every one of the sheets of pink and purple and folded a whole bunch of butterflies--around 30.

There are a lot of different patterns to make origami butterflies that you can find out on the web. You want to find one that has a reasonably flat backside to allow for good glue contact to the masonite.

The pattern I used to make these butterflies can be found here.I thought it was pretty easy, but I've been folding paper for a while. So after you fold a bunch of little butterflies, you take some craft glue and glue them in a pleasing pattern. I laid them out in a pattern that made it look like they were escaping--and then let them escape the frame a little. Since I had the frame and the paint was a sample, I spent a grand total of $2.50 on this project to get that origami paper--and I have plenty leftover to do some more origami projects! Yay!

 I think this should fit right into the butterfly/fairy theme, don't you?

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  1. Rachel-

    So happy I found your blog! I'm also an architect and mom and blogger:) Oh, and my four year old daughter has a butterfly themed bedroom too, which just shows that great minds think alike. Following you now, so I can keep up to date.


    1. Jessica--so glad to find another architect blogger/mommy! I followed you back on fb--your blog looks like something I'll enjoy.

  2. I love origami! My dad taught me when I was very young. I love the art piece you have done. It is very simple and elegant. I am stopping by from Six Sisters link up. I followed you on Pinterest. Hope to see you at True Aim.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Janine! I'll check out your blog.

  3. This is so cute and we love all of the bright colors!! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  4. What a cute idea. Love the colors and the 3D effect.