Paper flowers are fun to make and can be enjoyed for much longer than their real counterparts. A bouquet made from paper flowers is also much cheaper than a fresh floral arrangement, which is why folded origami flowers are becoming increasingly popular for weddings, anniversaries, and other special celebrations. Even if you don't have the patience to fold an entire bouquet of flowers, a single origami bloom makes a lovely addition to a bookshelf. Easy origami flowers can also be used as cake decorations or package toppers when you are wrapping presents for family and friends.
Most origami flower patterns are fairly complex, requiring intermediate to advanced level skills in paper folding. This project is much simpler, however. The initial folds are fairly straightforward, although you may need to do a little experimenting at the end in order to give your flower a satisfactory appearance.
1. Create the Initial Creases
Use standard 6 inch x 6 inch origami paper for this easy origami flower project. If you would like to make a realistic looking flower, choose paper with a graduated pattern that is lighter in the center and darker around the edges. If you're not interested in realism, there are plenty of free printable origami paper designs that can be used to make very artistic looking flowers.
With the back side facing up, fold the paper in half diagonally so it forms a triangle. Crease well, then unfold. Repeat with the other corners of the paper so you've formed an "X" crease pattern.
Turn the paper over to the other side and fold it in half to create a rectangle shape. Crease well, then unfold. Repeat from the other direction. These creases should form a cross pattern.
When you are finished with the first step of your origami flower project, your paper should look like the photo at the left. Notice how the diagonal creases appear to rise up from the page, while the creases that form the cross seem to sink backwards.
2. Make a Square Base
Begin with your paper turned so it forms a diamond shape. Bring the left and right corners of your paper to the top of the diamond shape. Flatten your paper, using the creases to guide you. When you're finished, your project should look like the photo to the left.
In origami, this is called a square base or preliminary base. It is the starting point for several origami projects, including the origami frog and origami ninja star.
3. Create Flaps
Fold the right flap towards the middle crease, pressing firmly. Slide your finger into the flap, then open it. Flatten the paper so it looks like the photo to the left. Repeat this process with the other three flaps.
4. Fold Triangles
Turn the first flap on the left side to the right, as if you were flipping pages in a book. Take the bottom tip of the top layer and fold it up as shown in the picture to the left. Repeat this process with the other three flaps.
5. Make a Stem for Your Origami Flower
Fold the tip of your triangle up, creasing well. This will be the stem of your finished origami flower.
6. Open Up the Flower Petals
Holding the flower by the stem, carefully open up the petals and shape as desired. If you would like for your flower petals to have a bit of a curl to them, try wrapping each petal around a pen or pencil.
7. The Finished Easy Paper Flower
A single easy origami flower looks pretty sitting on a shelf, but you can choose to make an entire bouquet if you wish. A twist tie or a thin length of wire inserted through the middle of the flower makes for a useful stem.
If you're planning on giving origami flowers for Valentine's Day, the About Origami How to Make a Cute Origami Valentine Card tutorial has instructions for a pretty card to go with your flowers.