Get Crafty: An Origami Bouquet of Flowers

Try your hand at Japanese paper folding with a botanical twist.
Paper folding petals 14

Paper folding petals 14

These flowers are simple to make and look lovely in a decorative vase.

These flowers are simple to make and look lovely in a decorative vase.

For many years my family and I have enjoyed trying our hand at various origami projects. From animals to flowers and even Star Wars characters, we have enjoyed learning this ancient Asian art. These particular flowers are a type seen in Kudsudama. Typically one would make many of these flowers to form balls to hold potpourri and medicine. The flowers are not difficult to make and are quite spectacular when added to a favorite vase. I am no origami master but was able to master this flower quite easily. I hope you will give them a try too!

Supplies:

  • 3 inch x 3 inch origami paper
  • glue dots
  • pipe cleaners
  • decorative vase

Take a look at step-by-step photos and follow along to make your own paper flowers.

Paper Flowers How-To

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Gather Your Supplies to Make Origami Flowers

You will need: 3 inch by 3 inch origami paper, glue dots and pipe cleaners.

Let's Begin

Start by placing one piece of paper on your work surface.

Make a Diamond

Turn the paper so that it looks like a diamond.

Fold Up

Bring the bottom corner of the diamond to the top corner of the diamond and fold it into a triangle. Run your fingernail along the crease and all future creases.

Corners Up

Starting with the right bottom corner, bring it to the top tip of the triangle and fold.

Repeat Again

Do the same with the left side to make a diamond like so.

Fold Down

Take the right side of the diamond and fold it down at an angle to match the right bottom edge of the diamond.

Mirror Image

Repeat the last step again on the left side to form this shape.

Squash Fold

Gently unfold the the side you just made and insert your finger. It is like a little ice cream cone.  Push this cone flat.

Flat Cone

The cone is now flat.  Repeat again on the other side to make it symmetrical.

Tips Down

On both sides, fold the tips of the flat cones down like so.

Fold In

Fold the flattened cones in half toward the center of the diamond like so.

Edges Together

Pick up the origami and adhere the two sides of the cone together with a glue dot.  You have made one petal. Repeat the entire process 5 more times to make six total petals for each flower.  Connect the six petals together with glue dots to make one flower.

Add Stems

With a glue dot, adhere a pipe cleaner between two of the bottom petals to form the stem.  Trim the pipe cleaner length as desired and add to a vessel or vase.

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