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How to Fold Easy Origami Flowers

Updated on September 6, 2015
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Chloe recently made 1000 paper cranes for her wedding. She's come a long way from the fortune teller she made on the bus in first grade.

I've always loved origami. So when I needed to find a cheap alternative to fresh flowers for my wedding I knew that paper flowers were the way to go. A quick search on pinterest told me I had a few style options. This particular style seemed like it was going to be the easiest. I'm already DIYing a lot of stuff so I needed something my fiancé could help me with.

He works on them while he watches tv or plays video games. He's very proud for completing this for me. These flowers are going to be bouquets for the bridal party as well as floral arrangements for the tables. He folds them and I glue them.

Flowers so easy a child could make them.
Flowers so easy a child could make them.

Paper

For this project I bought a giant book of scrapbooking paper. They're usually around $10-15 depending on where you buy it. I used the paper originally for the information cards in my invitations and then decided to use it for paper flowers to complement the book pages I'm using.

I used my handy dandy paper cutter to cut out 4"x4" squares. Buying a paper cutter will be well worth the money if you are doing a lot of DIY paper projects. This is the one I own and it is amazing. I can do up to 6 sheets of scrapbooking paper at a time.

Once the paper squares are cut out I like to paperclip them together in groups of six. You can do flowers with five petals if you want to but since I was getting nine squares out of each piece of scrapbook paper it made more mathematical sense to do six petals for flower so I could get three flowers out of two sheets of paper without any left overs.

Glue and Beads

You're going to need some sort of glue. I highly recommend using a glue gun. Everything will go a lot faster. Get one that is LOW-HEAT. If you get it on your fingers it won't leave any burns. It still hurts a little bit but no more than when you get hot water on your hand from the sink. You can use glue sticks or regular white glue but it takes longer to dry and you have to be more careful with it.

I saw some pictures online where the flowers had beads in the middle. The ones I bought were kind of expensive. But they are also glass. So that part is up to you.

Get Started

I'm using six squares for each flower. Normally I fold a whole bunch of flowers and after I have a bunch of them folded I glue them all at once.
I'm using six squares for each flower. Normally I fold a whole bunch of flowers and after I have a bunch of them folded I glue them all at once.
Fold your square into a triangle. The pattern on your paper should be facing outward. If one side is "prettier" than the other it should face down because that will be the outside of your petal.
Fold your square into a triangle. The pattern on your paper should be facing outward. If one side is "prettier" than the other it should face down because that will be the outside of your petal.
Fold each outside corner up so the point touches the top. When flat it looks like a diamond.
Fold each outside corner up so the point touches the top. When flat it looks like a diamond.
Fold these edges back out but only halfway. The two folded parts should line up on the outside. It should still be diamond shaped but with wings on top.
Fold these edges back out but only halfway. The two folded parts should line up on the outside. It should still be diamond shaped but with wings on top.
Pull the inside part out and flatten it using the other folds as guidelines. Try and keep the points at the top together.
Pull the inside part out and flatten it using the other folds as guidelines. Try and keep the points at the top together.
Flatten everything and then fold those little wing points down. If you really don't like the look of the opposite side of your paper and never want it to see the light of day fold these back and tuck them between the layers.
Flatten everything and then fold those little wing points down. If you really don't like the look of the opposite side of your paper and never want it to see the light of day fold these back and tuck them between the layers.
Fold the outside edges in again using the center fold as a guideline. You're back to the diamond shape once more.
Fold the outside edges in again using the center fold as a guideline. You're back to the diamond shape once more.
Sometimes folding the edges in means they don't line up right. That's okay. You really won't see it. These flowers are very forgiving. This is great if someone is folding them for you and they get sloppy.
Sometimes folding the edges in means they don't line up right. That's okay. You really won't see it. These flowers are very forgiving. This is great if someone is folding them for you and they get sloppy.
Slather some glue on that edge. I'm using hot glue because it "dries" very quickly and it's less likely to fall apart.
Slather some glue on that edge. I'm using hot glue because it "dries" very quickly and it's less likely to fall apart.
Match it up with it's opposite side and press them together so it really holds tight. Let the backside stay round and open. This creates your petal.
Match it up with it's opposite side and press them together so it really holds tight. Let the backside stay round and open. This creates your petal.
Now do a million more. I'm doing six petals per flower.
Now do a million more. I'm doing six petals per flower.
Start by gluing one edge of one petal.
Start by gluing one edge of one petal.
Then stick the next petal to it and keep going until you are gluing the last petal to the first one.
Then stick the next petal to it and keep going until you are gluing the last petal to the first one.
If you're feeling really ambitious you can glue a bead into the center. Or you can wait until you have your bouquet assembled and decide if you want beads in them.
If you're feeling really ambitious you can glue a bead into the center. Or you can wait until you have your bouquet assembled and decide if you want beads in them.

Look at All Those Flowers

A whole pile of pretty paper flowers.
A whole pile of pretty paper flowers.

Making Bouquets

I haven't assembled my flowers into bouquets yet but when I do I will put those pictures here. Basically you're just gluing one flower to another until you have a big flower ball. I'm thinking about making some leaves to go in there and I'm not really sure what you do to make a handhold. A cardboard tube? We'll find out soon.

Waiting for glue. I like to use paperclips to keep my flowers together. Each pile is one flower.
Waiting for glue. I like to use paperclips to keep my flowers together. Each pile is one flower.

What do you think?

Have you made these before? Have any tips or tricks? What sort of events have you used them for? Let me know.

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      Fabrizio Martellucci 

      2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Brilliant hub ! :D

    • nochance profile imageAUTHOR

      Chloe 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you so much :)

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      peachy 

      2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      love origami crafts, your step by step instructions are clear and pictures are awesome, thumbs up

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