Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY ~ Origami Flower

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"MOM!!  I have a fundraiser for Japanese club next Saturday!  Can you help me make Origami flowers to sell?"  On some level, I know this was going to be a bad idea for me, but I said yes.  The flowers she wanted to make....5-6 petals per flower!  EEEP!  OK, it was not all that bad once she showed me how to do this.  I decided to do a step by step pictorial with some Origami Paper Squares that I received from Wholeport.com in exchange for my honest review.

I was impressed with the vibrancy of the colors in  the pack, and how easy they were to fold.  The size was consistent for all the colors, and were as close to a perfect square as you could get.  The papers are nice and thin and fairly easy to fold, even with several layers.  Here is a step by step pictorial on how to make these cute flowers.

1:  Place paper on a flat surface.

2:  Fold paper up and over to create triangle.

3:  Take bottom corner of triangle and fold up so that bottom point is on to of top point of triange.

4:  Repeat step 3 with other side.

5:  You should now have a much smaller square in front of you.  I know its hard to see, but there is a seam straight down the center.

6:  Take one of the folded over corners, and fold it back fluch along the side of the square.

7:  Repeat with other side.

8:  Your paper should now look like this.  My daughter calls this stage a funky rabbit.

9.  Pick up and hold flower petal in one hand, you should see the paper zig-zag.

10.   Open up the fold and re-flatten it

11.  This is what if looks like when folded flat again.

12.  Repeat with other side.  Your paper should now look like this.

13.  Fold point down with seam even to edge of square underneath.

14.  Repeat fold down on other side.

15.  Fold over bottom along seam that is already in paper.

16.  Repeat with other side.

17.  Your petal should now look like this.

18.  Run thin line of hot glue along top edge of paper.

19.  Gently fold over and pinch edges together.  Be careful NOT to create a crease in the paper.

Make 5-6 petals, then using hot glue gun attach petals together.  Run a small line of glue along an edge on one petal and gently press another petal to it to form a flower.