From: Natty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Project #3 - Origami Cherry/Sakura Blossoms
(Idea submitted by: The Flirty Bride)
I love making origami flowers. There was a pattern I found once to make a simple flower, that wasn't so simple to make. After playing with the pattern a bit I came up with this short cut. It's pretty easy but if you run into problems let me know and I'll post more details.
The blossoms look best if you use paper that is the same color on both sides. The blossoms pictured here are made of a really nice soft, slightly thick, paper I found at The Paper Source. CLICK HERE and scroll down to the "Lokta" paper. I like to use squares that are 1.5" squared. To start? I'd recommend using a larger size, like 3", until you learn the pattern and perfect your folding technique, then move to smaller and smaller pieces of paper.
Other then that the only other thing you'll need is some yellow or orange crepe paper for the center of the flower. This is the regular rolls of crepe paper they sell at party supply stores.
Once done you can glue the flowers to branches. Here I used dried curly willow.
LOL I have to say I was a bit reluctant to post the photos because, quite frankly, my fingers look really ginormously freaky in some of them :P
1. Start with a square of paper
2. Fold in half from corner to corner
3. Like this
4. Then fold again from corner to corner making a small triangle
5. Partially unfold from one corner, take the point from the far side of the triangle and fold it downwards to the top point in the photo.
6. Flatten down into a square like this, then flip over and repeat on other side
7. It should look like this
8. Now take the tip of the square and lift it away from the base
9. Continue lifting until you can create the shape below
10. Can you see how I'm folding the outer cut edge as perfectly even as possible to the center line?
11. It should look like this when you've folded both sides inwards.
12. Then flip over and repeat on the other side.
13. It should look like this once both sides are done
14. Here I've taken the points from the solid ends and folded them back over.
14b. Now fold one petal away from the rest of the form taking the tip of the point facing left in the image above and unfold that petal all the way back towards the right.
15. Take the top point and fold the petal in half aligning the top point back down to the creased line on the base like in the picture above.
16. Gently lift the folds open and fold along the scored lines
17. It should look like this
18. Fold the petal back up in the opposite direction. Repeats steps 15-18 on the 3 remaining petals
20. It should look like this when all 4 petals are done
21. Take one of the outer corners and fold it towards the center line
22. It should look like this. Repeat on the half of this petal, then repeat both folds on the backside
23. It should look like this once all 4 folds are completed
24. Hold the flower and gently separate the petals in an outward direction
25. It should look like this with all 4 petals completed
26. Close up front
27. Close up side
28. Cut a small piece of crepe paper twice as long as you want the center to be
29. Gently twist a couple of times in the center
31. Fold crepe paper in half and gently insert into the center of the flower. I use a bit of glue on the folded point to secure in the flower and a small nail or wire to ease the crepe paper lower into the base.
I found this glue at Michaels and it worked like a charm. You can Google the name below to find it online:
3M Scotch Quick Drying Tacky White Glue