I used this YouTube tutorial for making my butterfly. The video shows how to make the butterfly using plain printer paper, but I wanted something more colorful. I used an old scrap of Martha Stewart brand scrapbook paper in a pretty peachy-pink floral pattern, which I cut into a small square. I don't think I got my square entirely even, since the edges of my folds didn't always line up perfectly. I also had a little trouble with the final few folds of the butterfly, since I got a little confused as to which direction I was meant to be folding. Still, I think it worked out all right in the end, especially for a first project!
Here are a couple of photographs of the finished butterfly:
By the way, the surface I took these photos on is my desktop, which features this writing-themed decorative paper underneath a piece of Plexiglass as the writing surface. I'm hoping to share more photos and a tutorial for my desk project soon, so check back!
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