Origami | Flying paper butterflies

Origami | Flying paper butterflies

Origami | Flying paper butterflies

A variation on the paper aeroplane, this flying paper butterfly flutters like a butterfly when you launch it.

You will need:

  • A sheet of plain paper (square)
  • Paint

To make the square

Here’s an easy way to make a square from a sheet of A4 paper:

  • Lay the sheet down, in landscape orientation.
  • Fold the top right corner down to the bottom edge so that the right-hand edge is in line with it.
  • Cut off the strip to the left that does not form part of the resultant triangle.
  • Open up the triangle to reveal your square.


  1. Your square of paper is divided into two triangles. Splatter paint on one side.
  2. Fold the paper over and press the wet side into the blank one to create a butterfly print.
  3. Leave to dry.
  4. Turn the square over so that the painted side is face down.
  5. With the triangle’s tip pointing up, fold the bottom half up, stopping 1 cm short of it.
  6. Fold back the top layer to divide the body and wing.
  7. Repeat for the other wing.
  8. Open out your butterfly.
  9. It’s ready to fly! Hold and throw like a paper aeroplane. It will flutter like a real butterfly.