Running out of origami ideas? Or are you new to this soothing and therapeutic hobby? Origami Flower is a small origami project that can be great practice, and you can then gift this evergreen flower to your loved one.
You might then wonder how to make flower origami. Or do you have more specific questions, such as “How do I fold a lotus flower?” or “How do I fold a bouquet of origami flowers?” If you’re considering any of these, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled a list of step-by-step flower origami tutorials for you to learn how to fold a variety of dainty and sweet origami flowers. These hand-picked tutorials range from simple for beginners to difficult for origami veterans. Most of them have diagrams and videos and/or come with step-by-step instructions to help you along the way.
What is origami?
Origami is a paper folding art that originated in Japan. The main objective of this craft is to transform a flat sheet of paper into intricate three-dimensional shapes through a series of folding techniques. The word “origami” comes from the Japanese words “ori” (fold) and “kami” (paper), reflecting the craft’s fundamental nature.
Why make origami flowers?
Making origami flowers is a fun, relaxing, and even therapeutic activity for both adults and children. While attempting to achieve the desired shape or symmetry can be frustrating, the process is excellent for developing patience and an eye for detail. Finished origami flowers are wonderful additions to any artwork or craft. They also make great standalone gifts on special occasions like Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day, and Valentine’s.
How to make an origami flower?
The first step is to gather supplies. They aren’t necessary in large quantities, but having them on hand will make flower origami easier.
Understanding Origami Terminology
As a beginner in origami, you’ll notice some of these tutorials use certain origami terminology that you may not be familiar with. Here are some of the commonly used terms that you should understand to avoid confusion before starting an origami tutorial.
- Back-coating: fusing (by gluing) together two separate sheets (like foil and tissue paper) to create one single sheet.
- Book fold: a fold that involves folding one side of a square to the opposite side.
- Collapse: the paper can be collapsed into a different configuration of layers once a series of pre-creases are in place.
- Crease: a line formed by folding paper.
- Crease pattern: the result of unfolding a model to a flat piece of paper.
- Cupboard fold: the result of folding the left and right edges to a central crease.
- Diamond fold: a fold that involves folding one corner to the opposite corner, creating a diagonal crease.
- Fold: bring two parts of a sheet of paper into contact, usually flattening the paper.
- Fold line: a line used in origami diagrams.
- Mountain fold: a crease formed where the paper is folded upwards along a line.
- Soft crease: a fold made gently such that a sharp crease isn’t formed.
- Valley fold: a crease formed where the paper is folded downwards along a line.
Learn the basic origami folds
Next, you will need to learn some basic folds for origami, which are commonly used in the origami flower. Here is a video playlist of more than 10 basic origami folds techniques.
Learn to read origami diagrams
For those who wish to understand how to read origami diagrams, watch the video from the link given.
Tips and Tricks for achieving precise and beautiful origami flowers
Is it a goal of yours to become better at origami and to be able to create beautiful origami flowers? Here are some great tips to consider before start making an origami flower.
- Choosing the right paper
There are many types of origami paper. These include the traditional Kami, elegant Washi, colorful Chiyogami, sturdy Tant, shiny Foil, and textured and patterned paper. The type of origami paper that you use will greatly affect the color, texture, and even stiffness of your folds. Even the weight and thickness of the paper will affect how your origami flowers look. The best advice we have for you is to use the recommended paper in the tutorial.
2. Follow the instructions thoroughly
Every step is important! Don’t try to skip a step or just make a crease when you’re supposed to make a hard fold. Every step has its intention; skipping it won’t lead you to precise lines, and your origami flower will not be entirely the same as the one pictured in the tutorial.
3. Practice makes perfect
This is an old but true proverb! If you’re just starting out or haven’t folded in a while, start with simple designs and gradually progress to more complex ones. These simple designs lay the groundwork for your foundation by strengthening your basic folds and techniques.
4. Understand Geometry
This is not essential, but it will definitely help you to achieve a more precise and balanced paper sculpture. This is because origami constructs two-dimensional and three-dimensional paper sculptures. By understanding the relationship between planes, lines, intersections, points, and corners, you will better understand how complicated designs are made.
Origami Folding Tips
Here are some more specific tips to take note of during the process of folding your origami flowers, or any other origami design.
- Make a soft crease before you commit to a hard fold. This way, if your fold is slightly off, you still have the chance to correct it without your paper showing the previous wrong fold.
- When you have ensured that your crease is correct, make sure each crease is then folded well. This is important so the lines of your origami flower are clear and precise. Use a paper scoring tool to reinforce the hard fold unless the directions say so otherwise.
- Remember to fold your origami paper on a completely flat surface. This is to prevent uneven surfaces from causing dents in your origami paper which will ultimately affect the end result.
- The symmetry of each fold is crucial to a successful origami design. Making sure each fold is neatly done will ensure that your origami will reflect the design in the tutorial.
- Start sewing and share your completed DIY tote bag on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us @craftpassion so that we can see them.
- Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-FoldList.
- Share with your folding groups for a fold-along origami event.
- Browse more paper crafts you may be interested in, especially origami Dress, origami Crane, and origami Christmas Tree.
29 Pretty Origami Flower Tutorials
Everyone is welcome to try their hand at these origami flower designs. You can also bookmark this page and save the ones that interest you for later. Have a good time making your flower origami!