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How to Make Origami Roses

Origami is a fun way to create animals, abstract objects and flowers using a single sheet of paper. Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding and learning this crafty technique can help you to create decorative nick knacks and ornaments for gifts or other crafting projects. The origami paper rose is an intermediate origami fold and can be tricky to master, but by following this simple steps and with a little bit of practice, you’ll be making beautiful paper roses in no time. Here’s how to fold an origami paper rose.

Make a square piece of paper. If you are using origami paper, the paper is likely already squared for you, but if you are using computer paper, you’ll need to adjust the size. To do this, you can fold the paper into a triangle and cut of the excess.

Create four triangles. Take your square sheet of paper, and taking each corner, fold into the centre to create 4 small triangles.

Repeat step 2. Taking your newly folded square, fold the points into the centre again. The new triangles will cover the loose flaps from the first fold.

Turn the square over so that the loose triangles are facing down and fold new triangles on the back. Each of the four points on the square will meet again at the centre. Your paper will begin to feel a bit bulky now, so you need to make sure to make deliberate creases going forward.

Turn the square over once more so that the you have four loose flaps pointing toward the centre of the square.

Take the upper left hand flap and start to fold it over the outside point - in origami, this is also called a “reverse fold” - until it has folded over itself onto the other side. Use both hands and guide the reverse fold by placing your finger on the outside point of the fold you are going over. This part is tricky. Try not to tear the paper, but if the paper does tear, that’s OK.

Repeat Step 6 with the remaining points, until you have created petals on the opposite side of where you started the folds. Now you have your origami paper rose!

Make your rose more elaborate. To make a more elaborate rose, you can use several different sizes of squares to make smaller buds and place these inside one another, creating more petals and a bulkier bud.

Tip

Be sure to be deliberate with each fold and crease. The more secure each fold and crease is, the easier it will be to finish your rose. If on the final step, you tear the paper slightly, don't worry, it will still work. Be patient; practice makes perfect.

Things You'll Need

  • Origami paper
  • Computer paper
  • Scissors
  • Flat surface
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About the Author

Based in New York, Jillian Downer has been writing travel, fashion, and active lifestyle articles since 2004. Her work has appeared in "Travel + Leisure," "Outside Magazine," "Women's Health," "Footwear News," and "US News & World Report." Downer holds a Master of Arts in comparative literature from New York University.