Introduction: Super Easy Paper Flowers for $2!

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In October, I cosplayed as Chihiro from the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. Because the cosplay is rather plain, I decided to add a bit "more" to it. I did this by making a bouquet of flowers Chihiro was seen holding in the beginning of the movie.

I learned this flower-making method from an annual Japanese bazaar that I help out at. It's taught at an origami stand held for little kids to learn origami, so this is a super easy way to get started!

These flowers are super quick, super cheap, and super awesome!

Step 1: Materials

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  • Post-its or square pieces of paper (Note: each flower will take one and a half pieces of square paper to make.)
  • Wire, pipe cleaners, etc. (I used galvanized wire from the dollar store) 
  • Scissors
  • Pliers (if you're using pipe cleaners, you don't need them)
I bought the wire in a 3-pack for $1 at my local dollar store, and a pack of Post-its for another dollar. These flowers take very few of these materials, and you can make about 70 flowers for just $2!

Step 2: Folding the Petals

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  1. Cut the square in half.
  2. Fold the square in half, length-wise.
  3. Fold the corners down, making two triangles.
  4. Bring top down. 
  5. Repeat on other side.

You've finished two petals! We'll call these "pieces". Each side of the piece is a petal of the flower. You will need a total of three pieces to complete a flower. So, fold two more pieces.

When folding, make sure the side with the color you want to show is on the inside. In the case of Post-its, this means that the sticky side should be on the outside. Your folds will cover any unwanted colors/stickiness.

Make sure your creases are crisp and clean. Uneven folds will lead to ugly petal edges and may cause your flower to look lopsided. 

Step 3: Putting the Flower Together

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  1. Stack three of the pieces together, side-by-side.
  2. Take your wire/pipe cleaner and place it on top of the stack.
  3. Bend the piece of wire back and twist the excess.

Do not twist the wire too tightly or too loosely. If they are not secure, the petals will fall out or move around. If the wire is too tight, it can easily cut through the paper and ruin the flower. So you'll want to make a snug (but not tight) fit on the wire.

Once it's all put together, you can trim the wire. I chose 8 inches for my stem length, but you can pick whatever length you like.

Now you can proceed to shaping the petals!

Step 4: Shaping the Petals

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  1. Take your thumb and index finger.
  2. Pinch the petal. Use your thumb to shape the ends.
  3. Repeat five more times.
Take your thumb and index finger and pinch the petals. In doing so, you are unfolding the tips of the three pieces, making six petals in total. You can give the petals a little curl by pinching outwards and down. Some pieces may be too far out one side; this is where you can adjust how far a piece is sticking out. Just pull the short end to even it out. 

And you're done!


ninjacow258 (author)2011-05-05

Ooohh pretty! I had trouble getting the petals to stay sometimes, but they're gorgeous anyways xD I made my friend hairclips from these by attaching them to some u-shaped pins

LadyInRedwoods (author)2011-01-30

Nice Instructable! I have already made several of these and I took it one step further. Using a smaller piece of paper, I added a second layer.

Absolutely gorgeous, I love the double-layer effect. :D

peterbryenton (author)2011-01-30

Thank you. I used a green foill sweet wrapper and some yellow Post-its. iPhone photo attached.

krysteanuh (author)peterbryenton2011-01-30

It's adorable! Great job, I love the green foil as a stem :)

pop88 (author)2011-01-30

sorry this is it

smilgy (author)2011-01-29

I made some. Gonna make someone special happy :)

krysteanuh (author)smilgy2011-01-29

Oh!! They're so gorgeous! You have very nice creases. Hope your recipient loved them~! :D

TheresaH9 made it! (author)2016-11-04

I'm very good at doing origami

loriphillips1 (author)2014-06-04

Just made these with my son and he would like to use the idea as a 4-H project. Can he teach others to make these as a working exhibit and site you for the copyright?

krysteanuh (author)loriphillips12014-06-06

Of course! :)

emmasharkeyshark (author)2014-01-20

Awesome I'm making this surely

mugdham (author)2013-07-11

it's great...!! i like it...!! really nice... i make it...!!

rinkle_sheth25 (author)2012-01-03

its so easy... made my work easy.... thnk u so much fr ur idea...

drummgurl (author)2011-11-01

These are very cute, just did a trial run. Super easy and cute! I'm going to make very small ones and make earrings for xmas. Very pocket friendly! Thanks for sharing!

monseulementreveur (author)2011-08-21

To me the written instructions weren't clear enough to fold the flower- by looking at the pictures I got an idea of what was happening. So here it is, for people who can't see the pictures up close. After step 1, fold in half, bringing the bottom up to meet the top. Then fold the upper corners of the top layer down, forming triangles.Fold the top half of ONLY the first layer down Flip the form over repeat the last two steps on the other side.Other than that, awesome tutorial! my flower came out great! :)

gewalop (author)2011-07-14

really its nice :) btw do you know how to make a airplanes designs by papper

Eli44 (author)2011-03-27

I used pipe cleaner as a stem and lots of sticky notes.

barley123 (author)2011-03-22

Really cute, Definitely will do! :-}

icelandinthesun (author)2011-01-31

I just tried this and i am pretty excited about it. I hope my 4 year old kindergarten children will be too :-)
Thank you so much for sharing, with the pictures the steps were super easy to follow.

Aww! I'm sure they'll be fine with this pattern. It's used a lot when introducing people to origami, especially with children because they can design it themselves.
Thank you so much! Hope your kindergarteners have fun :)

SeaLion (author)2011-01-31

^_^ I'm gonna try this! :D

krysteanuh (author)SeaLion2011-02-05

Post pictures when you do~! :D

crazyaboutbeads (author)2011-01-31

Neat! I'm gonna try it when I get some free time!
Thanks for sharing.

Thanks! Have fun making them~! x3

chibimaddy (author)2011-02-03

This is a great instructable. Simple and fun and sweet. Thanks for sharing this. You're super!

krysteanuh (author)chibimaddy2011-02-05

Pahaha. Thank you! Hope you have fun! :3

roychook (author)2011-01-29

i want a personal lesson teehee but im gona fail so just make u work in a shurikin sweatshop i actually need a bunch of different sizes and shapes

krysteanuh (author)roychook2011-01-30

For what!? You don't use origami much in your day-to-day life xD

harveyrabbit75 (author)2011-01-30

What a great instructable! Such clear directions! And the pictures are really great!

Thanks so much! Your comment made my day. :)

pop88 (author)2011-01-30

thank you
and please see my flower

oakback (author)2011-01-28

If you've got more time and only have paper (no wires), check out Canon's site, they have some awesome paper flowers (though more difficult to make):

krysteanuh (author)oakback2011-01-29

Sounds good, I'll take a look. Thanks!

NHquilter (author)2011-01-28

I think I'm going to give this a try with fabric...should be interesting. Thanks for the instructable!

krysteanuh (author)NHquilter2011-01-29

Ooh! That sounds gorgeous. Please post pictures~! :3

zombie.anna (author)2011-01-28

Very cute! I'll have to try these out some time. =)

I hope your cosplay was fun! I just watched Ponyo this week.

krysteanuh (author)zombie.anna2011-01-29

Thanks! And yes, cosplaying as Chihiro was super fun. Studio Ghibli films are so amazing 8D

roychook (author)2011-01-28

I be trolin lol but this is pretty cool can u make me tiny shurikins out of paper

krysteanuh (author)roychook2011-01-29

LOL I can teach you to do that easily. Or you can see other 'ibles on it. ;)

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