Origami is a Japanese word describing paper folding. It is unclear where this practice began, but it was documented in Japan in 1797. During the 12th century, it was brought to Spain by the Moors, and it was introduced in German schools in the 1800s. Victorians were also known to fold paper into interesting shapes and designs. Paper flowers are among the easier designs and, when made out of pretty paper, can be put on display in your home. Make an assortment of colourful tulips to give away, or place them in a vase for your dining room table.
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- Moderately Easy
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Lay a sheet of square paper face down on the table, and fold it in half diagonally. The right side of the paper should now be on the outside of your paper triangle.
Fold the triangle in half in the other direction so you have one smaller triangle. Open this triangle back up. The first triangle should now have a fold line down the centre.
Fold one corner of the triangle up so it goes past the centre point and sticks out above the triangle. Repeat with the other side. You should now have a pointed tip at the bottom.
Fold the front half of the top centre point down just a bit to display the wrong side of the paper.
Fold the bottom tip back about 1/2 inch from the bottom, crease the fold and then unfold it. Open it up slightly, and tuck the sides in to create a tiny pocket and to finish off the bottom.
Fold a green piece of origami paper in half on the diagonal, making sure that the green side is on the outside. Unfold the paper, and lay it in front of you with the fold running vertically.
Fold the upper right side of the paper to the centre fold line. Repeat with the upper left side of the paper.
Fold the entire paper in half along your original fold line. It should now look like a tall, thin triangle.
Bring the bottom point of the triangle up to make a fold about two-thirds of the way up the stem. This creates a leaf on the stem.
Place the stem underneath the flower bud to create an entire flower.
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