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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!
 
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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. 

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smilgy3 years ago
I made some. Gonna make someone special happy :)
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They sure do look FANTASTIC! Well done!

krysteanuh (author)  smilgy3 years ago
Oh!! They're so gorgeous! You have very nice creases. Hope your recipient loved them~! :D
ninjacow2583 years ago
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
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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.
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krysteanuh (author)  LadyInRedwoods3 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous, I love the double-layer effect. :D
Thank you. I used a green foill sweet wrapper and some yellow Post-its. iPhone photo attached.
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krysteanuh (author)  peterbryenton3 years ago
It's adorable! Great job, I love the green foil as a stem :)
pop883 years ago
sorry this is it
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loriphillips14 months ago

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)  loriphillips14 months ago
Of course! :)

Awesome idea! Thank you for sharing!

Awesome I'm making this surely
mugdham1 year ago
it's great...!! i like it...!! really nice... i make it...!!
its so easy... made my work easy.... thnk u so much fr ur idea...
drummgurl2 years ago
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!
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! :)
gewalop3 years ago
really its nice :) btw do you know how to make a airplanes designs by papper
Eli443 years ago
I used pipe cleaner as a stem and lots of sticky notes.
barley1233 years ago
Really cute, Definitely will do! :-}
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.
krysteanuh (author)  icelandinthesun3 years ago
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 :)
SeaLion3 years ago
^_^ I'm gonna try this! :D
krysteanuh (author)  SeaLion3 years ago
Post pictures when you do~! :D
Neat! I'm gonna try it when I get some free time!
Thanks for sharing.
--K
krysteanuh (author)  crazyaboutbeads3 years ago
Thanks! Have fun making them~! x3
chibimaddy3 years ago
This is a great instructable. Simple and fun and sweet. Thanks for sharing this. You're super!
krysteanuh (author)  chibimaddy3 years ago
Pahaha. Thank you! Hope you have fun! :3
roychook3 years ago
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)  roychook3 years ago
For what!? You don't use origami much in your day-to-day life xD
What a great instructable! Such clear directions! And the pictures are really great!
krysteanuh (author)  harveyrabbit753 years ago
Thanks so much! Your comment made my day. :)
pop883 years ago
thank you
and please see my flower
oakback3 years ago
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): http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/1006/
krysteanuh (author)  oakback3 years ago
Sounds good, I'll take a look. Thanks!
NHquilter3 years ago
I think I'm going to give this a try with fabric...should be interesting. Thanks for the instructable!
krysteanuh (author)  NHquilter3 years ago
Ooh! That sounds gorgeous. Please post pictures~! :3
zombie.anna3 years ago
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.anna3 years ago
Thanks! And yes, cosplaying as Chihiro was super fun. Studio Ghibli films are so amazing 8D
roychook3 years ago
I be trolin lol but this is pretty cool can u make me tiny shurikins out of paper
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