Introduction: Origami Rose in Bloom

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With my second wedding anniversary, I was looking back through the traditional gifts for anniversaries and found pictures of origami roses, and thought to myself... I can do that!

They make a wonderfully romantic gift for girlfriends, fiances, wives or even moms. It's something you put time and effort into and will be cherished. And if you have one of those girls who knows the meaning of different color roses, I'll include a guide for what colors mean what.

DISCLAIMER: please be nice, this is my first instructable. Any positive feedback on how to improve this instructable is greatly appreciated.

Step 1: Materials

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- A square piece of paper, in any desired color.  It might be helpful if the opposite side of the paper is a different color. An ideal size is 20 cm x 20 cm. I will be using blue for the right side and white for the wrong side

- Pair of tweezers

- Pen to mark reference lines (if desired)

- Pencil or pen to curl petals

- ***Time and lots of patience. IMPORTANT! If at any time you feel frustrated, take a break and come back. This can get frustrating and if you get frustrated you can easily mess up.****

Rose colors and meanings:
- Red: romance and love
- Deep Pink: "thank you"
- Regular Pink: happiness
- Light Pink: "sympathy" or condolences
- White: innocence and purity
- Yellow: friendship and caring
- Lavender: falling in love or enchantment
- Orange: desire
- Black (deep deep red): unfortunately has come to symbolize death. Not a good gift idea
- Blue: mystery, rarity and attaining the impossible
- Mixture of white and red: unity

If you have questions about other meanings, I recommend

Step 2: Prepare the Base

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Take the paper, wrong side up, and fold in half.

Reopen the paper and fold each end to the crease made in the previous step. (pic 1)

Unfold. Turn the paper 90 degrees and repeat the process.

The creases on the paper should be like the ones in pic 2.

Step 3:

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Now we are going to fold to the outermost creases shown in pic 1

Fold the paper, so that the edge meets this crease. Take the right corner and fold diagonally, meeting with the creases on the paper (pic 2)

Repeat the process on all four sides. Unfold. The paper should have the creases shown in pic 3.

Step 4:

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Now fold the paper in half along both of the diagonals. (pic 1)

Fold in the four corners to the outer creases formed in the first step (pic 2)

Make another fold diagonally to the crease made by folding down the four corners. Repeat for each corner (pic 3)

Once unfolding, the paper should have the creases shown in pic 4.

Fold down the for corners once more and turn the paper over. (pic 5)

Step 5: Forming the Flower

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Step 6:

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Now, focusing on one corner again, make a valley fold along the pink line shown in pic 1.

We will now focus on the smaller pink line on the right in pic 2. Make a valley fold by bringing the right corner to the left, resulting in pic 3

Now reverse the fold so that the top of the new triangle is underneath the fold behind it as in pic 4

Step 7: Begin Work on the Petals

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Make a valley fold on the line shown in pic 1 to make the paper look like pic 2.

Reverse the fold as in the previous step to reveal pic 3.

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Referencing the pink line in pic 1, fold the edge of the paper up, forming the petal as shown in pic 2.

Repeat steps 6-8 for the other three corners. The rose should now look like pic 3

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Step 10: Form the Inner Petals

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Turn the flower over. Pic 1 is the top view.

I have drawn x's in pic 1 to help in this next step. Gently press in the four sides on the x's as shown in pic 2

Place your fingers into the four holes you just made. Carefully press your fingers together and twist clockwise resulting in pic 3.

If desired, use a pair of tweezers and twist the center further, also pressing down towards the center of the flower as in pic 4

This step might take some practice. Be careful not to over tighten as you might start to twist the rose back apart.

Step 11: Curling the Petals

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Take a pencil a wrap the petals around the pencil, holding them there for about 30 seconds so that they will curl. (pic 1)

Do the same for the inner 4 petals as in pic 2

The final result should be similar to pic 3.

Ta da! You just made a origami rose!


ErikaD37 made it! (author)2017-11-28

It was a bit difficult at first to figure out step 6 and 9, but after watching the video tutorial (it's not exactly the same type of rose, but it was close enough to get me through the difficult parts) and walking away from it for a day, I finally finished it! This was my second try at it, I was much faster the second time. I believe her when she says it took her 10 minutes to do. Very simple overall. Frustrating at first, but what new skills arent? Keep coming back and trying it with a clear mind and you'll pick it up quickly.

Mychemicalrabbits (author)2017-09-12

What was step 9!! there are no clear intrutions! Please express what those were. But, I thought the intructions up till then were quite good

sistersheba (author)2017-09-05


Subhadrahere made it! (author)2017-05-08

made it for the first time! My mom's birthday present. But couldn't figure out step9

Dayflor (author)2017-02-15

Can anyone who has made this make a short video of step 5-9 some people including me can not get past that point and really would like to make this but I can't seem to understand the picture or the wording steps. Not because the person did a bad job but because some people need to see the action themselves to be able to to do it like me so it would help me out if someone made a video. Please and thank you.

Dreamerforever29 (author)2016-12-30

not helpful tobhard

Gladiator42 (author)2016-11-30

This took me like an hour to do. How did it only take 10 min for you to do

Serafim2001 made it! (author)2016-11-29

It is very cool,thank takes only 10 minutes?

NivaGaming (author)2016-11-25

there are no instructions on step 5 and so im having trouble, could you tell me the instructions?

mfoyt45 (author)2016-11-20

Super easy Once you work through it great job of explaining it thank you! the best time I've had so far was 25 minutes to make one.

JAMESBOND007OLIVER (author)2016-11-10

please help with step 6 need it desperatly

marlisha (author)2016-03-12

this is so hard i can't do this its to hard do something more easier plz

batgirl87 (author)marlisha2016-10-21

Sorry for my late response. Life has gotten in the way.

I'm sorry you are having trouble with it! I promise the next origami tutorial I put up will be something super easy. Don't wait on me though! There are plenty of other tutorials on instructables as well as the internet! Happy Origami!

Ray-AnnL (author)2016-03-14

I think these are the same kind of rose. Some of the steps are in a different ordder but it is still very helpful.

batgirl87 (author)Ray-AnnL2016-10-21

Super helpful! Thank you!

VarunS80 made it! (author)2016-08-22

Thanks for the instructions. I made a simple T like stem with another paper and inserted it into the base.

batgirl87 (author)VarunS802016-10-21


princessrad111 (author)2010-06-23

FINALLY DONE :D lol i used teeny tiny origami paper for this one >3> so i had soo much dificulties to fold but hey! it's done! xD teeny tiny orange flower

It's yellow not orange

batgirl87 (author)princessrad1112010-06-23

Beautiful job! It's encouraging that someone can actually follow my instructable! Thanks for the confidence boost!

princessrad111 (author)batgirl872010-06-24

:D i tried again with bigger paper and i think they look pretty nice! thx for tha great ible!

batgirl87 (author)princessrad1112010-06-24

Welcome! Part 2 will be coming soon with the base, stem and laves... And those are gorgeous roses!

jordivibe (author)batgirl872011-02-25

Are you planning to do it? In Catalonia it's typical to give roses to the girlfriend on the 23rd of April and this year I'll make a small bunch of paper roses. I already have the roses and I'm going to do the stem

Cheezpaper (author)batgirl872010-11-10

Is part 2 coming anytime soon? I was hoping I could give one to my mom in a card for Christmas.

princessrad111 (author)batgirl872010-06-24

yay! i'd def. do prt 2 if it comes :3

KristinL (author)2015-08-10

Stoked as

Princess Sandy (author)KristinL2016-01-29

Wow!! Beautiful

senbonzakura22 (author)2016-01-17

I can't figure out step 6 to save my life; help!!!

Auguste_ (author)2016-01-04

Thank you for your easy to understand instructions! I'd been unsuccessfully trying to make this rose for over a year until I found this. The result is lovely!

craftwerker (author)2015-08-23

Wonderful and easy to follow instructable. I've been doing origami for almost forty years and that was an excellent tutorial. Starting doing flowers about a year ago and if you like doing them too, there are a couple of sites I would like to recommend if you're not aware of them. Check out and Hope you enjoy them.

KristinL (author)2015-08-10

Stoked as

KristinL (author)2015-08-10

Been trying to make a rose for weeks n finally got it with these instructions...stoked ?

idkUsernameok made it! (author)2015-06-27

Great instructions ?

xxwerdxx (author)2015-05-29

I can't tell what going on in pic 2-4 :(

Nat_lives (author)2015-05-07

Im stuck at step six help please!!!

sjteseny made it! (author)2015-01-30

I really like your instructions. they were very clear. thank you. I am making a bouquet for my mom for valentine's day.

MichaelaS (author)2015-01-17

help me with step 9?? there are no instructions that go with it and i cant figure it out :/

batgirl87 (author)MichaelaS2015-01-24

The best way I can think to describe it is:

For each corner, fold over, then after flipping the entire thing over, fold the triangle down. After you do this for each corner, use the remaining "triangles" at the top to fold together and make sort of a "top" or lid over the inside. (The pinwheel like picture)

MarinaF (author)MichaelaS2015-01-22

I understand what to do but i'm not the best at explaining so excuse my lack of teaching skills. Anyway what you have to do is condense all of the different sides so that there is a triangle in the left side but the rest is straight then you have to bend the triangle and fold them so that the triangle has one triangle above it on the right and one triangle under it to the left. sorry for the poor explanation but that's the best I can do.

MichaelaS (author)2015-01-17

help me with step 9?? there are no instructions that go with it and i cant figure it out :/

lmuncy made it! (author)2014-05-19

I wanted to thank you, batgirl87. Origami without video instructions can often be difficult but whenever I got stuck I took your advice to step away for a moment and clear my head and it worked! I made this gorgeous piece out of handmade paper thanks to you!

ekop (author)lmuncy2014-09-11


i will make my own

DennisW1 (author)2014-09-09

can pls share how to make origami rose using money as the shape of money is rectangle and not square? Pls help

CasandreR (author)2014-09-06

??? I made it to the end of step five but step six is confusing me...

Devman210 (author)2014-02-03

wow, might make that for my crush for next week, thanks for the great tutorial :)

kamirxkamir (author)2013-10-09

Can someone please help me? I'm stuck with Step 5.

laurieward (author)2013-08-25

Thanks for this! I have gone through many instructions for origami roses and this is the first one I have been able to complete.

rositiana (author)2012-12-20

Nice made

ladieslilman98 (author)2012-08-03

i believe you repeat 1-4 on each little triangle it looks right so far on mine

bcanales (author)2011-12-13

Were's part 2 :,( ????

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