Introduction: How to Make Paper Flowers

Origami is the japanese art of paper folding. It's an art form not many have the patience to master, but once you learn to create beautiful shapes from a simple paper, you can impress friends and family with your art.

I'm gonna teach you how to make an origami flower, simple to make and with a beautiful result.

It might take some patience, since origami requires some pretty exact folds, but once you finally master it, I guarantee you that you will know how to make something thats a great gift, an uncommon talent, and a good little talent to show people.

This origami flower can help you master other origami forms, since its got some complex forms made through simple folding.

Hope you enjoy!

Step 1: What You'll Need

What you'll need to make the flower is a piece of square paper.

It doesn't need to be origami paper, the only thing that maters is that its square.

If you don't have a square piece of paper don't worry you can make one with

*A Piece of Printer Paper

*Scissors

*A Ruler

*A Pencil

Step 2: If You Don't Have Square Paper ...

If You Don't have square paper then do the following

  • Take the printer paper

*Take a flap and fold it like shown in the first and second pictures

*Use a pencil to mark the line that was made between the triangle and the rectangle

*Using scissors, cut along the line

Voila there you have a square!

Step 3: First Fold

Have the color you want to have on the outside of the flower facing upwards.


Fold the paper in half forming a rectangle.

Step 4: Fold Sideways

Fold it sideways now. Look at the pictures



You should end up having a small square



Step 5: Fourth Fold

Now this is where it starts getting tricky

Take a flap and open up a half of the square.

Flatten the square into a triangle.

Again please Look at the Pictures

Step 6: Flatten the Other Square

Now Flatten the other square

Step 7: First Actual Fold

By now you shoud have a triangle.

Take one flap and flatten it.


Try to align the creases, that way the flower will come out symmetrical

Step 8: Crease

Take the flaps from the diamond shape created and fold them to the line.

Then unfold them to make a crease.




Note: Crease means to mark the shape

Step 9: The Trickiest Part

OK Now this is the trickiest part of the flower so you might want to look at the pictures a couple of times to understand.

Lift the bottom flap (the point of the diamond shape) up.

Fatten it making sure that the bottom flap stays over the top flap. Like I said You might want to take an extra look at the pictures.

Step 10: Almost Done



Turn it over clockwise.


Now take the bottom flap of the diamond and fold its corners inside, just like the previous step.

Step 11: 4 More Times

Now take another flap of the triangle and repeat steps 7-10 on the remaining three flaps

Step 12: Make the Flower Bloom

Take a flap and fold it down. Repeat with the other flaps.

Step 13: Done!

There You have a flower!

It'll probably look irregular or some pars will look diffrent than others, but don't worry, you just need some practice.

After a while you'll start to see the difference.

Step 14: If You Want

If you want you could roll the petals with a pencil like so:


Comments

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Thergox made it! (author)2012-06-28

I don't mean to be rude, but you seem to leave out some valuable information -- and also perform this flower in a much more difficult way than it has to be. . . At this point, all of my Instructables are origami (Mainly because I used up all my supplies for the really cool things), and I hope you will not take offense if I decide to make my own Instructable for this same/similar model. . .

Oh, and this piece is commonly referred to as an "Iris". I didn't really read the whole thing through, so I'm not sure if you went over that already. . .

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St Jimmy made it! (author)2012-02-22

I can understand the confusion for some, and I will say this: Origami Instructables are difficult to make, and often difficult to follow. Although I haven't made one (for the above reason) I am very familiar with origami. This is one of the better 'ibles I've seen, but I still say a video is the way to go if you want to make an origami 'ible. Good Job!

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fezick made it! (author)2011-12-23

Completed and thank you. The only step that hung me up was step 9 but a little bit of reasoning and I sorted it out.

Thanks again!

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esegura3 made it! (author)2011-09-23

Ummm it sota get hard here........

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artimon4 made it! (author)2011-09-06

http://www.zapf-online.ru/

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fred1970 made it! (author)2011-05-24

dude ur missing a step

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Tappers made it! (author)2010-12-01

how do u do it again on the 3 and 4 fold???????????

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aaron1046 made it! (author)2010-02-11

Hard set,,
Start folding it from the pointy side at the top down words, makes it easyer

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aks1998 made it! (author)aks19982010-09-12

IM SOOOOOO CONFUSED AT THIS POINT!!!!(HELPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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ga9906 made it! (author)2010-05-05

i dont know this step do you thinku can explain me more please

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smelina1213 made it! (author)2010-03-08

after i do the second one i dont know how to do the 3rd and 4th

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xander109 made it! (author)2010-02-28

I found this very easy to follow.  It took me a few rewinds of the vid for step 8, but other than that, very simple.

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BladedZealot made it! (author)2010-02-16

Got it. After you unfold the tiny flaps from step 8, take the very bottom tip of that central piece and fold it all the way up to the top tip. While you do this, the paper should form a sort of awkward cup shape, flatten the sides of that "cup" down so they meet in the middle.

Unfold step 8
Tip to tip
Flatten the sides so they meet in the middle (Will look like picture 4)

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BladedZealot made it! (author)2010-02-16

*Reads directions*
"God dammit."

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Morrighan made it! (author)2010-02-16

This type of flower is called "Iris", it will look better if you dimple the petals with scissors. You can paste it a stem and paint it using a spray.


Sorry, I know my english is not very cool. :D

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devijthmgurl made it! (author)2009-12-26

let me save you. Its not from this site.... BUT IT HELPED ME!!!!! www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-origami-a-lilly-78286/

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Ilikefries334 made it! (author)2009-12-22

hey. no offense, but you should try to explain a little more. i tried this and it was so hard i had to go to a different site.

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-12-22

Look at all the pictures carefully so you can see what I mean in this step....

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Darren. made it! (author)2009-11-29

THIS IS EXTREMELY UNCLEAR

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sham97 made it! (author)2009-09-14

Thanks keith kid...i have done it...By the way thanks Its so easy once you know already!

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chalachi made it! (author)chalachi2009-11-17

Dude this is like so hard i mean we are making this from skool .can you please send it to us`lol we should send you our finished project it is so dum........alwaez waz!#@$*&

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crazypenguin made it! (author)2009-10-29

WTF AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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MaslenRox3 made it! (author)2009-08-02

everyone u have to undo the mini flaps u made on the diamond then fold it down and it should look like pic #4

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crazypenguin made it! (author)crazypenguin2009-10-29

how did u get this tell us ur secret

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butlertylerd made it! (author)2009-09-19

can you make a video please

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dsvenson made it! (author)2009-09-01

A pic needs added between #3 and #4.

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Darkot made it! (author)2009-08-29

ooooooooooo i get it now, all you have to do is fold the bottom point to the top point and use the creases to follow the instructions, gr8 flower desgin!

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Darkot made it! (author)2009-08-29

xD ive tried this a million times (paper all over my room) and i cant get it, could you add a bit more detail in the text plz, ty :)

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donaoh made it! (author)2009-08-20

this is incredibly confusing.

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badg1rl0211 made it! (author)2009-08-16

MAKE A VEDIO PLZ I AM REALLY STUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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smrichar made it! (author)2009-07-02

Please make a video....how am I supposed to impress my girl if i don't understand. Good directions, but I keep getting stuck on step 9

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hayley09 made it! (author)2009-06-07

i can't under stand what to do :(

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abbyluw made it! (author)2009-05-27

can you give a little more help with this part it always gets me

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-05-27

Sorry, I'm making a video that'll hopefully make it easier to understand, and also taking better pictures. This part is very easy, look carefully at the pics.

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steveoath made it! (author)2009-05-12

Tricky! But managed my first tonight!!! Was stumped at step 8 for ages.... didn't realise you meant to fold the creases then unfold them. Cheers, Steve

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-05-12

You might just be the first person to actually get it right. I realize this is a bit confusing, and I'm gonna redo this entire instructable, but I'm busy with finals this month, so its gonna have to wait. When you finally manage to get it right, its a great feeling. It took me about 20 tires to get one right, end even that one was crooked and not symmetrical.....

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luke17cool made it! (author)2009-05-12

please could u post a video, i kindaa need to make those flowers for my art exam.

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Simon7056 made it! (author)2009-05-09

please explain step 7 in more detail please

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-05-09

This is causing a lot of confusion, I'll post a video eventually...

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devious minds made it! (author)2009-04-28

do you think that you oculd make take some better pictures for step 9? i can't get it right and i was going to make one of these for my girlfriend... maybe some side views?

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-04-29

Im sorry, I'll have to remake this thing all over again.... It was a bit rushed.....it was for a contest...

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Seth_Tokoro made it! (author)2009-04-28

Agh, I don't understand this part, i've been staring at it for a really long time. I just simply can't do it but still, thanks for uploading this :)

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-04-28

Keep trying!!!! I might make a video some other time....

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rbisson9 made it! (author)2009-03-11

Where did you upload the video? This is so confusing!!

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-03-11

I haven't made a video yet. I will. Someday.....hopefully....

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m1n1j1mmy made it! (author)2009-02-07

hello can you upload a video for step no.9 please

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Keith-Kid made it! (author)Keith-Kid2009-02-07

Good idea! Ill make a video!

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dnewby made it! (author)2009-01-27

the folds on step 5,6,and 7 r called squash folds

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sick-al made it! (author)2008-08-20

how did u get more flaps to stick up in the intro?

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CASSYPOOH made it! (author)2008-07-25

THIS IS THE HARDEST THING TO FIGURE OUT..

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