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How to Make an Origami Flower Picture Frame

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An origami flower picture frame is a beautiful and inexpensive way to display your favorite photos. Frames also make lovely handmade gifts for friends and family.

This origami flower picture frame that I've designed uses eight sheets of matching square origami paper and one sheet of the same size square origami paper in a coordinating color. The flower in this tutorial was made using 6 inch x 6 inch origami paper.

If you don't have enough origami paper that is the right size, the red circle pattern in the About Origami Free Printable Origami Paper slideshow would work well for this project.

1. Create a Blintz Base

Origami Flower Picture Frame
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The first step in making this origami flower picture frame is to create a blintz base. A blintz base is one of the most common origami base forms. Base forms are the building blocks of making origami models. In instructions for intermediate or advanced projects, the author will often simply refer to the base form by name instead of explaining how to fold it. If you are serious about learning origami, it's helpful to work on learning the names for the different base forms as you encounter them,

To make a blintz base, start with the patterned side of your paper face down. Fold the paper in half diagonally. Unfold. Fold the paper in half diagonally in the other direction. Unfold. Fold each corner in to meet the intersection of the first two creases you created. When you're finished, your paper should look like the photo to the left.

2. Start Your Flower Petal

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Fold two of the opposite corners in to meet the middle crease, as indicated in the photo to the left.

3. Finish Your Flower Petal

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Fold each of the two sides you folded in the previous step in once more. Fold them so they are almost touching the middle crease. Do not fold all the way to the middle crease, as this will result in an awkward gap in the flower petal due to the movement in the layers of paper when the flower is finished.

Your first flower petal is now complete. Fold eight more identical petals.

4. Start Assembling the Flower

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

To make your origami flower, you will need to layer two petals together to form a cross. Glue one petal on top of the other as shown in the photo to the left.

5. Add the Second Layer of the Flower

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Add the second layer by joining two more petals as shown in the photo to the left.

6. Finish the Origami Flower

Origami Flower Picture Frame
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Repeat Step 4 and Step 5 to create a third and fourth layer for the flower.

Fold the ends of the last two petals you added to the flower up slightly to give it a little more dimensional.

7. Start Your Origami Picture Frame

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Now, you will need to make the center picture frame embellishment for your flower. Use your remaining sheet of coordinating origami paper to a blintz base following the instructions in Step 1. Begin with the colored side of the paper face up.

Flip the paper over and fold the corners in to the middle once more. When you are finished with this step, your project should look like the one in the photo to the left.

8. Complete Your Origami Picture Frame

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Flip your paper over once more. Bring each of the four inner flaps back to form small triangles that almost touch the edges of the paper. Slip your photo in to the photo corners created by the bottom layer of the paper.

9. Assemble the Final Model

Origami Flower Picture Frame
© Dana Hinders

Glue your frame to the center of your origami flower. You can use your origami flower picture frame as an embellishment for an origami gift box or add a small magnet to the back and hang it on your refrigerator.

If you enjoyed this origami project, our Origami Sunflower Instructions tutorial shows how to make another type of flower frame using a similar folding method.

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