Origami Paper Corsage

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About: Former Instructables employee. Living in San Francisco amidst the fog. I love getting my hands dirty by taking on new projects, developing unique skills and learning fun facts.

Ahhh...Spring is in the air and we are rapidly entering the season of Prom. While you're busy stressing who you'll go with, or what your dress will look like - never fear. I've got the corsage covered. 

...but srsly LOLZ omg i hope that boi frm homeroom askz you 2 ~!pRoM!~ DU U TINK HE WULL?!?!

Step 1: Get Your Papers in Order

I hit up my local Japanese paper goods store for the origami paper, but many other craft stores carry it, too.

For this project you will need:
  • Origami paper (5 sheets per flower)
  • Green electrical tape 
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue

Step 2: Start Making That Flower

For my corsage, I used a simple Kusudama flower. But there are plenty of other great origami flower's out there, so feel free to mix it up!

And, sure, there are many steps to this simple flower, but by your 5th petal you'll have them memorized. Promise.

Start with your paper colored-side down.


Step 3:

Make a fold along one of the diagonals. 

Step 4:

Fold the two outer corners to meet at the center

Step 5:

Now fold so the inner edge of one side, meets the outer edge. Repeat on the other side.

Step 6:

I call this the "smoosh" fold. Take your finger and place it in one of the pockets. Now squish the pocket down so two of those creases become the outer edges. (look at the picture to see what I mean)

Step 7:

Fold down corners, as shown.

Step 8:

Fold the outer flaps in half

Step 9: Glue Into a Petal

Get your glue - it's time to finish this petal!

Simply apply a thin layer of glue to those two outer folds, and press them together. Hold for a bit, and voilà! You have one of your petals

Now, repeat 4 more times.

Step 10: Glue Into a Flower

Once your petals have set, place some more glue along the inner edge (see picture) and press petals together. Close the flower off with your 5th petal.

Sit back and admire. (make a few more if you're feeling ambitious!)

Step 11: Add the Stem

Your flowers look great! Let's get them ready to wear.

Your pipe cleaners should easily slide down the center of the base of your flower. Slide it down only a centimeter and wrap a bit of the electrical tape around the base. 

Step 12: Don and Prom!

You're all set! Wrap the pipe cleaner around the wrist of your sweetie, and tape to the flower. 

Once you've done the obligatory pose by the fireplace, hop in that limo, hide the flask, and get ready to dance the night away!

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likelegit

3 years ago on Introduction

These are so cute. I hot-glue a few to a piece of cardstock and gave it to my mom for mother's day. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

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Well these are just beautiful! You have so many interesting things on your page!

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JonnyBGood

5 years ago on Introduction

My mom loved when I gave her a vase of these! This was a great idea for mother's day.

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inhaos

7 years ago on Introduction

i used to did it when i was young
wake me of my childhood memory.
nice!

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kazmataz

7 years ago on Introduction

Re: downloading the PDF

I've been able to download it successfully in both Chrome and Firefox. If you're having some problems try switching browsers

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dwhite0

7 years ago on Introduction

When I attempt to download the PDF I get the message " it is broken. not complete. Howabout redoing the PDF please.

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IamTheMomo

7 years ago on Introduction

Any guy that gives his prom date a paper flower to wear on prom night instead of real flowers is too cheap to consider. What girl would want to wear a paper flower to the prom? If he sent his invitation to the prom with a paper flower, he'd be cool, though!

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karizmaticIamTheMomo

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

the guy that gives his prom date a paper flower to wear may have spent more time making those flowers than he would have buying some. cheap doesn't make anything any less special and definitely doesn't have to be a bad thing ;)

e.g. the hubs and i are still pretty mushy after nearly 15 years and EVEN after i married him with origami flowers that i made on the way to the ceremony (except the one in my hair, which i made while i was getting my hair done). pics if you want to check them out:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/karizmatic/2076535883/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/karizmatic/2077327494/

for the prom goers out there - 'hope the cost (cheap or otherwise) does not affect how much you enjoy your prom!

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dwhite0

7 years ago on Introduction

OOps, Sory, but the PDF will not download, no matter how I try. Please fix it.

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bliu7496

7 years ago on Introduction

I've actually done this before and if you wanted to make it bigger, you could make half a circle with 6 of them or even just a whole circle(12) for display. When k,made them I used regular elmers white glue, it worked out perfectly!

I've been making these for a while and I've found that a glue stick works great :)

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Jent13

7 years ago on Introduction

What type of glue did you use? I am afraid if I use that regular elmers it will make the paper sort of wet and cause it to get wrinkly and take forever to dry.

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disturbed1035Jent13

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

You probably shouldn't use regular Elmers, however they do also make a craft glue. I've used "Washable Clear School Glue" on some of my modular origami models and have found that just a tiny drop smeared around works really well. It only takes about 30 seconds to start drying, and as long as you don't put too much it shouldn't turn into a sticky mess.

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REAJent13

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

if you put a little bit of elmers on it then spread it around evenly it shouldnt wrinkle to much/at all. if you dont feel safe using it, try a little bit of rubber cement. if you still dont like that idea, they do sell glue for papercraft (paper and fabric glue) at craft stores and in the craft isle in walmart. last i got some it was about 4 dollars for a fairly good amount.