DIY Cecropia Moth Bookmark

DIY Cecropia Moth Bookmark


You’ve heard of a bookworm, how about a bookmoth? In collaboration with Babysits, we are going to teach you how to make a cecropia moth bookmark!

The cecropia moth is the largest insect in North America, with a wingspan of 5 to 6 inches! Moths often get a bad rap, but the cecropia moth has beautiful wings! Cecropia moths are orange, red, and tan with lots of amazing details, making it the perfect Fall DIY.

We are going to teach you how to make a cecropia moth bookmark using origami techniques. Origami is a form of art originating from Japan that involves folding paper. It may seem complicated, but don’t worry! Just follow the steps below!

Step 1: Start off with a square piece of paper, then fold and cut off one third with a pair of scissors.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half widthwise, then fold the paper in half again.

Step 3: Next we need to do what’s called a ‘Squash Fold’. Start by lifting up one of the corners and then press down on the crease. This fold creates a triangle shape, as you can see below. Fold the triangle and repeat the same steps on the other side.

Step 4: Now fold the two bottom flaps diagonally to create a crease. Now unfold the flaps and push them inside the model, flatten along the crease you already made. This is called an ‘Inside Reverse Fold’!

Step 5: Flip your paper upside down, fold down the flaps, and there you have it!

Time to decorate!

Now all you have to do is grab some colored pencils or markers and decorate! Look at photos of the cecropia moth for some inspiration, and let your creativity flow! Once you’re done you can get your favorite book and replace your old bookmark with this new fabulous and unique one!

We want to see how your new bookmark turned out! Take a picture and tag @babysits and @victoriabugzoo on Instagram! Check out our other DIY’s for more great ideas for kids!

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