40 Origami Flowers You Can Do
Everybody knows about origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. But what is it that can make origami so magical, so engaging and so deeply touching?
The name of origami is made of Japanese terms oru, which means “to fold”, and kami, meaning “paper”. The art of paper folding, therefore has a very bountiful history spreading across the Japanese culture, social system and all islands.
Having been invented in China at the very beginning of the second century AD, paper entered Japan four centuries later, brought to the country by monks. Handmade and rare, paper was a luxurious commodity, available only to the richest. Therefore, origami was intended to be used during religious ceremonies only at first.
Origami was developing greatly over centuries and when Edo period began with the sixteen hundreds, it has already become a leisure activity, although it kept the ceremonial purpose it originally had. The progress of paper production made origami widespread and affordable, while skills and forms of paper folding developed, making it a very special form of art. The first written instructions for making items out of paper date back to the late seventeen-hundreds, tracing to the famous “secret to folding one thousand cranes” book, or Senbazuru Orikata, by Akisato Rito. In the mid eighteen-hundreds, Adachi Kazuyuki teamed up with Kaya Ragusa and issues a more elaborate textbook in origami. The end of the 19th century was marked with the appearance of the name for this noble art as we know it today, switching from “orikata” to origami.
Paper folding art was not indigenous to Japan alone, but it had appeared in Europe as well. When the Moors entered Spain, they brought this skill with them, it spread across the Pyrenean peninsula and then across the whole of Western Europe, becoming common in the 19th century. Still, Japanese style origami maintained its special form, meaning and charm.
While traditional origami was passed down through generations orally, modern origami is generally recorded in books, often developed and reinvented by contemporary designers. A lot of origami models we find today are under somebody’s copyright, but this doesn’t go for the oldest forms, such as the aforementioned crane. While modern origami praises the skill of folding paper without the use of cuts or glue, traditional origami, especially that kind bound to other countries than Japan, does not exclude these aids.
One of the fathers of modern origami was Akira Yoshizawa. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 94, after having developed a special folding system back in the 1930s, helping global origami standardization. Today origami permeates the area of hobby, design, art and even mathematical calculation. It serves multiple purposes, always bringing the folder a lot of satisfaction.
Known origami techniques are usually based on several basic shapes or models, such as valley or mountain, pleat, reverse fold, squash fold, sing, square base, fish base, waterbomb and the frog base. A lot of tools is used – bone folders, tweezers, rulers, even glue and scissors. And finally, the types are many – from kinetic origami, to modular, wet-folded, to kirigami – art of paper cutting.
Sadako and Senbazuru
One of the most touching origami stories is the one of Sadako, a young girl from Hiroshima. The legend says anyone who creates one thousand paper cranes will have their biggest wish come true. Sadako Sasaki was a survivor of the atomic bombing at the age of two, and in 1955 she was suffering from leukemia. Knowing she was very sick, even though she was only a girl, Sadako hoped to make the cranes to restore her health. Having seen other children passing from the same disease, she understood her end is approaching and instead of her health – she wished for world peace and that children in the world will no longer suffer. She died after having made 644 cranes, but her classmates finished her legacy and buried Sadako with a wreath of 1,000 cranes to honor her. Since then, a paper crane and the name of Sadako Sasaki became an international symbol of peace, while the city of Hiroshima hosts a statue of the girl releasing a paper crane into the world. A group of thousand cranes is called Senbazuru in Japanese, and every year her statue is adorned with heaps of charming origami birds.
Origami is also an excellent decoration, gift wrap or a gift itself. This article gives a selection of origami flowers and various solutions to fold them.
First, you will need to cut out the portions of the flower – the comb-like inner part, pistil and stamens, petals. Then, starting from the inside, you can roll the inner part of the flower and glue it together. Then add petals on the bottom, one by one, making the origami flower rich. At the end, attach to the paper or plastic stem.
Starting from a square base, divide it into four squares.Then fold it by diagonal, and make a three-dimensional shape like in the picture. Fold the paper over the diagonal, and then fold the sides towards the center. Wrap the sides (little wings) towards the center like in the picture, and press them together.Open up your two sides on the bottom and allow the paper ends to start detaching. Then fold them out, making a lovely origami tulip!
Paper Fairy Ball
Origami can be made of tissue paper too! Just select a multi-layered paper napkin.Fold it in zig-zag, keeping the length and round the ends with scissors. Fold it back into one tight line, tie it firmly at the center and start splitting the “petals” from the center. The more layers your tissue had, the richer your fairy ball will be. This paper decoration can be used as a party or holiday decor!
A Full Origami Tulip
Make an origami tulip like in the picture above. You can select different colors of paper and make a bunch! Then go on and make a complete origami stem.You will need a square green paper, and in seven easy step (14 – 20), you will have a paper stem for the origami flower.
A Dainty Paper Rose
Roses are very gentle, and they should stay such, even when made out of paper. This rose is made with layers of thin tissue paper. First cut out many petals out of many layers of tissue paper. Select a nice shade for the roses, but you can play with multiple too. Then, to a stem of paper or wood, start applying adhesive paper tape, making the flower center. When you get a small ball, glue petals one by one to the center carefully. In the end, add small green leaves. A bunch of paper roses can be a great spring decoration.
Roses can be made, similarly to tulips, out of the hard folding origami paper. You can choose patterned paper, also with flowers on it already, and make your paper flowers more visually interesting!
Making an origami lily is a bit more complicated than making a tulip, but the result is excellent. Once you master this, you can make a bunch out of differently colored origami paper sheets.
Chrysanthemum is a beautiful flower and it can also be recreated in origami, or rather – kirigami. Cut out layers of chrysanthemum petal groups, slightly increasing in size. There should be at least 12 layers, then glue them all together, and perhaps even fasten with a pin in the center. The result will be stunning.
Tissue Paper Peonies
Peony is a lighter flower, so it’s best made out of tissue paper – similarly to the Fairy Ball. The difference is – make the ends pointy and not rounded. You can play with colors or keep it simple and monochrome – depending on what you wish to achieve.
A Wall of Fans
Origami fans are easy to make, but the choice of paper makes them visually beautiful. You can make a thematic Japanese wall in your home by making a number of fans in different sizes and attaching them one over the other. To stick to the topic, select a gentle, pastel palette of your paper, or with some Japanese prints, such as cherry blossoms or dainty branches. Have fun!
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Origami flowers can be really beautiful. They can also be really intricate. They make great gifts for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, etc. The kusudama flowers can be glued to make a flower ball and they can be used as decoration or ornament pieces during the holiday season.
Origami flowers are a lot more affordable than real flowers, and last a lot longer (however they don’t smell as sweet) 😉
Follow the step by step photos and origami diagrams and fold the origami flowers.
Try giving them to someone, they will be fascinated with your origami flowers and the effort you took to make them!
How to Make Origami Flowers — Origami Tulip Tutorial with Diagram
Learn how to make origami flowers – this origami tulip tutorial will teach you how to make a super easy flower that stands on it’s own!
You can modify this project to fit all ages, so it’s a great and easy origami for kids, even as young as preschoolers as they can only make the flower, without a stem, while older kids and kids at heart can make the whole project, with a flower stem.
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We’ve prepared a wonderful and easy to follow step by step tutorial for you, along with video instructions, a printable origami folding diagram and even a printable to get the paper sizes just right so there are many ways you can learn how to fold it.
Tulips are the easiest origami flowers you can make and pretty enough to be a fun project for all ages. If you are working with preschoolers or kindergarten aged children, have them make just the flower, without a stem. You can have them stick the flower to a card base and have them make a wonderful origami card.
We do recommend using origami paper for any folding project, however you can just use regular print paper and can even have the kids decorate their own, if you decide to use our printable template?
Are you ready to make your own origami tulips? Let’s start folding!
How to Make Origami Flowers – Origami Tulip Tutorial with Diagram
What you need
- a small and large origami paper – we offer a printable template with the sizes that we used in our project and you can grab it bellow (along with the printable diagram that’s perfect to use in the classroom).
- glue is optional
Watch the Video Tutorial
Or Follow These Step by Step Instructions
Prepare two origami papers – one small and one big. We offer a template with the dimensions that we used in our tutorial (you can find it at the end of this tutorial).
We also prepared a printable diagram you can print and make your origami flower wherever you want to (also great if you’ll be making these in the classroom). This too, can be fount at the end of this tutorial.
How to Make an Easy Origami Tulip Blossom
Start by making a origami tulip blossom. Fold the paper in half diagonally to form the triangle (colored side of paper on the outside).
Fold in half again, just to make the crease right down the middle of your triangle and unfold.
Grab one corner, we’ll start with the right one, and fold it upwards, not right to the center but at a slight angle.
Do the same with the other side.
Your tulip blossom is almost done – just a bit of “pretty up” details. Flip your blossom and fold the side corners in – this will make your blossom shape more defined.
Do it with both sides and you are done!
If you are making this origami flower with younger kids, this is where you stop as stem is a bit more advanced.
How to Make an Easy Origami Flower Stem
Start by folding a larger sheet of green origami paper diagonally to get a triangle shape, unfold. We did this step to mark the diagonal center.
Fold the corners to the middle (middle is indicated by the diagonal fold you previously made).
Fold both corner to the middle. Make sharp and crisp folds.
Next fold the two new corners you got in the previous step to the middle again.
Again, make sure the folds are nice and crisp.
This is how your shape should look by now.
You see the two new corners? We have to fold these two to the middle again. Nice and easy.
Fold both of them and this is the shape that you should be seeing.
Almost there! You have to fold your diamond shape in half not, bringing the top and bottom corners together.
Close it up – fold the shape in half (the smaller part needs to be inside)
All done! All that’s left to do, is to push the inner “spike” out a little bit and run your fingers over all the folds to make them super crisp.
How to Assemble the Origami Tulip
This part is not exactly origami as some minor cutting is involved but it is what is required to put these two parts together to make the most wonderful origami flower.Cut off a small amount of bottom of your origami tulip blossom. Spread the flower apart a little (you can do it as simply as pushing your finger from the top – so that the hole widens a bit.
Push the blossom on the stem. All done! Your origami tulip is ready for display.
The blossom can easily be removed from the stem, if you want a more permanent solution a dab of glue will do.
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Easy Origami Flower
The origami blossom is a great easy origami flower: one of the simplest models to make, and it looks so sweet! For a beginner at origami, it’s a great place to start. Its best to make the blossom with double sided paper, different colours on each side if possible!
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Origami Blossom Hints…
One thing you can do to for an extra special display is make a few of them and put them together in a bunch! You can also use wire to display them if you like, the look very effective standing tall in a table display.
Another trick to make this easy origami flower look great is to make a smaller one to fit inside the bigger one: this creates a lovely effect, and looks like the origami model is a lot harder to make than it is!
There’s really nothing to it: just choose another colour paper to go with the first one, then cut the paper into a smaller square, and make another blossom!
It really doesn’t matter how much smaller you make the inner flower as any size looks great.
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Another Easy Flower — The Origami Lily
Now if the origami blossom is too easy, or if you want something really impressive to display, then try the Origami Lily. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s also known as the Iris, but it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s still gorgeous! This is a little harder than the blossom, and it takes quite a bit longer, but I promise you, it’s worth it!
Make the Origami Lily
If you are a beginner, I would say that you can still do the lily, but I have an important tip: Make sure you follow the instructions!
People get stuck with instructions because they try to skip ahead and guess what’s going to happen… but every word in the description and every line in the picture is important: so take it slowly, and be patient. Look at all the information in the instructions and persist! It doesn’t matter if it takes a couple of pieces of paper for you to get it right: part of great origami is the challenge of the instructions!
Now go make some origami!!!
Nothing beats a beautiful, exquisite delicate rose made in the style of origami. Such a gift will make melt anyone who happen to get it …
Paper flowers, though not possess the aroma of living plants, but in no way inferior in beauty and grace.
In this section, find the best scheme of paper flowers in the style of origami . Good luck to you !!!
Withered tree origami
It’s hard to believe that the models that appear in the photos made of paper and are related to origami. However, it is true. However, the technique of their implementation is far from classical technique of origami. Who is brave and creative, please try to repeat these masterpieces.
Flamingo flower or Anthurium would say florists. Easy and fun circuit is truly a beautiful flower. in the course of this origami will be interesting to repeat these gorgeous geometric shapes that are endowed with the nature of this flower.
Tea rose origami
Tea rose origami is a perfect gift for your loved ones. Folding process model is not very complex, but may require a creative approach in some places. Little technical issues..
Gorgeous bouquet origami
Gorgeous bouquet of origami-style, they can be decorated with any card and please your loved ones. You can make any changes to it, which is closer to you. Just want to warn you that you will need patience and knowledge of basic techniques to cope with this task.
Leaves of paper
Simple origami from square sheet of paper, can be done even from the sticker. Easy performed a small miracle that can be used in the decorations in the interior and applique.
This kusudama going from 13 buds lilies, coupling scheme which you can find on our website …
A gift box with a rose
Elegant gift box origami-style, with a rose on a lid. Manufacturing Boxes shown in detail in a video instruction.
Panier Fleuri — Lionel Albertino (Book)
One of the best books on origami flower, contains a variety of high-quality patterns of flowers, leaves, twigs, etc. Complexity about average.
The quality of the book — excellent, b & w scheme
art pop Origami Flowers (Book)
The book contains a lot of quality schemes origami flowers. Schemes are very detailed. and the book itself is very bright and colorful. For lovers of origami flower necessarily advise download.
Stand-flower under the cup in style origami
Beautiful stand for dishes with a flower in the style of origami. This model complements your decor, and bring some zest. It is advisable to use a thick glossy paper measuring at least 15 x 15cm otherwise the latter stages will be difficult to make the necessary settings.
Boutonniere made of paper
This model, which is clearly manifested in the creative gift of Ellis Grey and Paul Jackson is sure to bring pleasure to you and your loved ones. Fold it from two square sheets of paper of equal size, preferably with two-way color. Ideal for making buttonholes — a flower that is worn in the lapel. — Is the paper with the side of the square in the 7-8 cm
Lily in origami style
Beautiful, and very simple lily, which consists of three modules. For the manufacture of one such lilies you need …
Azalea flower origami
Another very effective scheme «flower» origami. To look at a flower seems simple, but the folding requires attentiveness and patience …
Rose from Napkins
No one knows who came up with a napkin folded in such a way, but more often it is associated with the invention of the name Stephen Voyssa. These cute crafts invented, as they say, once and for all …
Rose of the modules in the style of origami
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful and realistic style of origami roses. Do not be alarmed at the sight of the scheme is very simple and will give you pleasure …
Easy to manufacture tulip paper origami-style. Bud is formed on the basis of the basic forms of a double square and petal in turn begins with BF kite.
Classic tulip origami
This is perhaps the most popular option scheme Tulip origami-style. This model is ideal for familiarizing children to the art of origami, as it requires no complex actions.
Tulip number 3
Another very popular model is related to the classic tulip oregano. The difference between this tulip from the rest is that the bud looks like blossoming tulip.
Traditional Japanese kusudama
Traditional Japanese kusudama is one of my favorites, because you do not need to use glue but you can just sew the flowers together. These flowers are very easy to fold and there are many different options for how to make different kusudamy using the same flowers.
This is a great origami model Waterlily. Its main advantage is that it can easily be folded at the table of ordinary cloth.
Origami Flowers — Make-Origami.com
Origami flowers have a special place in this world. They are fun to make, affordable, and lasts longer than real flowers. At a restaurant or party, you can impress people my making paper flowers from any piece of paper you have at hand (a receipt, a wrapper, or a napkin). Or you can decorate entire events such as weddings with paper flowers made with fancy origami paper. In many ways, origami flowers are more meaningful than real flowers because they are “made” and not “bought”.
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Simple Origami Flower — Make-Origami.com
| This simple origami flower is easy to make and very versatile. If you can make a Preliminary Base, then you’ve pretty much got this flower done. With minor variations, you can make different kinds of flowers with this easy model.|
Instructions for Simple Origami Flower
The top layer of paper will lift up as you push together the corners.
A little more….
Peel open the flower so the inside is visible.
When the flower is completely open, press down evenly along the edges of the paper to establish the creases.
To make a carnation from this flower, simply cut the edges of the paper with
wavy-edge scissors. Do this at step 10 before you peel open the flower.
Similarly, you can cut the paper to have a rounded edge. The flower becomes a pansy. You can use harmony paper to get a color change in the blossom. Or you can color the center with a marker to get the distinctive dark-center of pansy flowers.
You can also use the simple origami flowers in a hydrangea cluster. To do this, fold 5 to 10 paper flowers, bend the stem and tape the bent parts onto green paper shaped like leaves.