How to Make an Origami Daffodil From Square Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

The origins of origami are open to speculation; some historians assert that it must have occurred sometime after the advent of paper by Ts'ai Lun of China in A.D. 105. Regardless, it is a Japanese art form that many revere and practice today. Origami allows you to create a range of animals, plants, miniature furniture, weapons, decorative items and almost anything you can imagine, in the most precise detail. For example, you can craft an origami daffodil that rivals the real thing.

Lay a yellow square of origami paper in front of you, with the yellow side face down. Fold it in half from right to left, and then unfold it. Fold it in half again from top to bottom, and then unfold it.

Pull the top right corner down to meet the bottom left corner, folding the square in half along a diagonal. Unfold it. Pull the top left corner down to meet the bottom right corner, and then unfold it.

Fold the square piece of paper in half again from left to right and then from top to bottom. You should now have a small, folded square. Push open the right flap so it is flat. Repeat this move on all the remaining flaps.

Fold the layer of the piece that is on the right toward the left. Fold the entire piece in half from top to bottom. Make a small crease above this halfway horizontal crease, and invert the fold you just made. Crease the front flap upward along the fold that you created. Pull open and flatten the right, left and centre parts of the piece. Repeat this step on the other three sides.

Pull the main fold open, and flatten it on either side. Repeat this move on the other sides, forming four petals. Fold the petals upward sharply. Turn the piece over, and round out the centre slightly.

Wrap a pencil around each petal, curling it upward to help anchor the flower.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."