Use this easy DIY origami tutorial to turn your children’s toys into a dragon, moth, or butterfly using materials you already have at home.
Origami is the ancient Chinese practice of paper folding. People have enjoyed origami for thousands of years and continue to practice it today. I know it seems intimidating, but origami can be a simple and fun way to spend time with your kids this summer. They’ll definitely love this one!
Use items you already have at home and learn how to make easy DIY origami wings for a HEXBUG nano or any other creature! Just follow the easy steps below and help your kiddo dress up their toys as a moth, butterfly, or dragon!
Looking for more ways to transform your toys? Check out this monster decal set for HEXBUG mechanicals and this outer space decal set. You can check out the DIY section of the blog for even more (awesome) DIY projects for your kids to do this summer.
- Colored sticky notes
- HEXBUG nano (not nano Nitro)
*Please help children use scissors to keep them safe.
How to make your base wing pattern
Each of the three types of wings start by using the same folding sequence and then the type of wings created are determined by how you cut them. You can create butterfly wings, dragon wings, or moth wings all by using the same folding pattern and cutting the paper differently.
Here are the steps for folding your sticky note. Once you’ve completed your folding, move onto the instructions for the design you’d like to make and follow the cutting and folding instructions.
Start by folding the sticky note in half with the sticky side down. After the first fold, fold it in half again in the opposite direction. Open up the sticky note and fold it into a triangle, going across the width of the paper.
Rotate the paper and then fold it into a triangle again, going the opposite way.
Pinch in two of the creases on opposite sides of the paper (it doesn’t matter which creases you choose) and fold it into a triangle.
Now decide which wings you’d like to make and proceed to the cutting instructions!
Follow these cutting instructions to create the butterfly wings.
Fold your triangle from the last step in half, and then use the scissors to cut the paper in the shape of a half-heart. Start at the long end of the triangle and cut in a curving motion to form the shape.
Unfold the triangle, and grabbing two of the folds created, fold them up toward the pointed end.
Flip the paper over so that the side that was just folded is now face down. Grabbing the pointed end of the shape, fold it until it touches the “v” formed by the two wings.
Grab the bottom of the shape and pinch it in the form of the wings. Fold a piece of tape to form a “tube” and attach it to the bottom of the wings vertically. Then attach the tape to a HEXBUG nano (our toy of choice) and you have a butterfly!
Follow these cutting instructions to create the dragon wings.
Cut small triangles into each side of the of the triangle EXCEPT for the middle, connected piece.
Unfold the triangle and grab two of the newly cut wings. Fold them up toward the point of the triangle.
Flip it over and fold the pointed end of the triangle up until it touches the base of the wings.
Grab the triangle from the bottom and pinch in the sides to create the wing shape.
Fold a piece of tape to form a “tube” and attach it to the bottom of the wings vertically. Attach the tape to the nano and watch it transform into a dragon!
Follow these cutting instructions to create the moth wings.
Using scissors, round off the pointed tip of the short end of the triangle.
Unfold the triangle and, grabbing two of the rounded edges, fold them up towards the point of the triangle.
Flip the sticky note over so that folds just formed are face down. Fold the pointed end up towards the bottom of the wings.
Grab the bottom of the wings and pinch them in the form the shape of the moth wings.
Fold a piece of tape to form a “tube” and attach it to the bottom of the wings vertically. Attach the tape to the nano to dress it up as a moth!
Questions for you:
- Have you ever tried origami before?
- What’s your favorite type of DIY project?
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