How to Build an Origami Flower Out of Paper

Overview

Origami is part of traditional Japanese folk art and consists of folding pieces of paper to create specific objects, such as flowers and cranes. If you are learning origami for the first time it helps to start with making a small flower. You can use your creations to decorate your garden area, and you can also create hanging origami lanterns when you become more experienced. Make your origami flower using a piece of paper that is no smaller than 6 inches square.

Step 1

Lay out your piece of square paper flat on a table. Bring the bottom left corner of the paper to the top right corner to fold the paper into a triangle shape.

Step 2

Unfold the paper, and then fold the paper again from the bottom right corner to the top left corner.

Step 3

Unfold the paper again and then fold the entire paper to the left side to form a rectangle. Unfold the paper and fold the paper to the top corners to form another rectangle.

Step 4

Fold the left side so that the edge meets the center. Fold the right side to the center, and then unfold both sides.

Step 5

Fold down the top of the paper to the middle crease and then fold the bottom portion to the center. Unfold the paper and then fold all of the square corners to the center of the paper.

Step 6

Turn the paper over with the front side still folded and fold the square portions to the middle. Fold each flap that you just made back over to the other side of the paper.

Step 7

Flip the paper over and fold the paper again from top to bottom. Fold the left and right edges together and then push the top left and right corner to the middle. You can then rearrange each petal.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper

References

  • Origami Flower: How to Make an Origami Flower
  • Origami Instructions: Origami Lotus Flower Folding Instructions
Keywords: origami flower, construction paper flower, fold paper flower

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