How to Make an Easy Origami Flower!

Make some lovely handmade origami flowers!

  • 01 of 07

    How to Make an Easy Origami Flower!

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    Origami 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. 

  • 02 of 07

    Create the Initial Creases

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    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.

    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...MORE 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.

  • 03 of 07

    Make a Square Base

    Easy Origami Flower
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    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.

  • 04 of 07

    Create Flaps

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    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.

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  • 05 of 07

    Fold Triangles

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    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.

  • 06 of 07

    Make a Stem for Your Origami Flower

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    Fold the tip of your triangle up, creasing well. This will be the stem of your finished origami flower.

  • 07 of 07

    Open Up the Flower Petals

    Easy Origami Flower
    © Dana Hinders

    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.

    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.