Origami Sunflower Projects
How to Fold Pretty Sunflowers from Paper and the Ancient Art of Origami
Here is all the inspiration and the help that you need to produce beautiful folded sunflowers from just paper. There are some very good quality links to tutorials that have some great folding instructions available for different skill levels with this wonderful craft. Whether you prefer to use folding diagrams, step-by-step instructions or even see video demonstrations for yourself, you'll discover how to make one of my all-time favorite flowers here today.
Find all you can craft right on this page which is handily arranged into Easy, Intermediate and Hard sections for you. Please tell me all about your own crafting in the comments section right at the end. Thanks for stopping by.
Image Credit: the photo shown here belongs to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone
Easy Projects to Make
Really EASY Folded Flower Projects to Try
This is My Own Design That is Easy to Fold and Make
Origami can sound rather complicated but it is simply taking a sheet of paper and folding that in a step-by-step fashion to create a paper model. Flat origami pieces can be displayed on handmade cards, in scrapbooks or as wall art. 3D models of flowers make gorgeous gifts - so why not make a whole sunny bouquet? A paper bouquet could really make someone's day or could be used for a special occasion even.
You can see an image of a card that I have made here. I do lots of paper crafting and use many different folding techniques. This one shown here could look very much like a sunflower and it is incredibly easy to make to. I would recommend using bright yellow and orange papers for the petals and a big brown brad or circle of paper for the middle. You can see exactly how I made this folded rosette here with my own tutorial.
Links to Easy Diagrams and Instructions:
1) Easy, flat folded design for children or adults: Easy Origami Sunflower
2) Flat origami, basic flower for kids and adults: Flat Folded Sunflower
3) A card that older children and adults can make: Origami Folded Card
Image Credit: the photo of the card belongs to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone
Easy Video Tutorial
You'll Need Lots of Yellow or Orange Paper!
You will need lots of bright and sunny yellow or orange paper to make your blooming beautiful flowers. Approx 6 Inch squares are the standard origami size of paper and it is what I recommend that beginners to this folding craft should use. If you use much smaller sheets of paper than this, you will find it very fiddly to start with and especially if the tutorial uses lots of folds. Once you've mastered making a beautiful bloom - how about trying gold paper for extra pizazz!
INTERMEDIATE Origami Sunflower
Intermediate Video Tutorial
Blooming Beautiful Paper for Flowers
This paper works so well for making sun flowers because of the beautiful patterned effect across it and this gives your finished project a softer appearance once folded and complete. This is a good paper for you to buy once you have mastered the basics and are ready to tackle slightly harder projects.
"Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, And life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light"— Eugenio Montale
A More Difficult Project to Master
Unfortunately there are not many free origami instructions for sunflowers available. The most advanced project I could discover is the one I have below for you.
1) 23 steps to an origami sunflower. Unfortunately the diagram is not in English but it has plenty of step-by-step pictures: Origami Sunflower Diagram
Advanced Video Tutorial
Origami Papers and Foils
You can find some stunning and beautiful origami paper sheets for folding on ebay. They have a great selection of origami papers and foils in a range of sizes and styles - whether you want single-sided, double-sided, textured, plain, patterned, shiny or thick origami paper, you should check out the range. Discover some unusual patterns for all your flower folding. 6" square sheets are a standard origami folding size which is normally big enough for easy and intermediate projects.
"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock."— Henry Ward Beecher
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A Variation on the Art of Origami
There are some cards and paper embellishments that use a variation on the ancient art of origami and it is know as tea bag folding. It's commonly used as a craft along with card-making and sometimes scrapbooking too. It uses some very similar principles and procedures but you tend to work with smaller squares of paper to start with like 2-3 inches square instead of the 6 inch standard that is origami.
See how to start off with the craft of tea bag folding.
When people wonder what they can do with finished pieces, well this is one thing that works. You can use them on the front of handmade cards, in scrapbooks, as hanging tree or window decorations. There are actually lots of ways to display what you've created. So have fun with this craft because there is so much value to it and it is very inexpensive to do too. I hope you've enjoyed reading my hub today, thanks for your visit. Feel free to leave a comment below for me.
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