Colorful candy and gum wrappers metamorphose into lovely butterflies. This project uses commonly found rectangles, which quickly and easily develop into butterflies with a wide variety of proportions, angles, and designs. (Designed by Michael G. LaFosse)
Candy Wrapper Origami Butterflies
Begin with the display side of the paper facing up. Fold in half, short edge to short edge.
Fold in half by bringing the two double edges together. Unfold.
Turn the model over.
Fold the bottom square corner up to the top of the split. Unfold.
Use the crease from the previous step as a hinge to squash-fold the left and right upper layers for the wings.
Mountain-fold the center of the paper to form a flap for the body. Rotate the flap over onto the right-side wing. Look ahead at the next diagram for the angle and the shape.
Fold the left-side wing over to cover the body and the right-side wing.
(1) Fold in the indicated edges of the underside of the body, forming a tapered shape. (2) Open the wings.
Flatten the top corner and fold it flat to the back, forming the head.
This project is excerpted with permission from "Trash Origami: 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials" by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander (Tuttle Publishing).